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Samburu Ecosystem, Shaba National Reserve, Kenya
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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44 reviews 44 reviews
31 hotel reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful large tents. Good choice of seating on the verandah. Good to see that the mosquito nets over the bed did not just cover the bed but were large enough to enclose the bedside tables, meaning that if you need your torch or water etc during the night you don’t have to fight to get out of the mosquito net... More 

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CheliPeacockKenya, Manager at Joy's Camp, responded to this review

Thank you for such a lovely review - and so thorough and useful to other visitors! We are delighted that you enjoyed our wonderful birdlife and that you saw a good few of Shaba's more unusual species. Please do come back soon, we really enjoyed hosting you. Best wishes George, Theresa and all at Joy's Camp More 

Colombo, Sri Lanka
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35 reviews 35 reviews
26 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

As 5 year old child my parents took me to watch Born Free in 1974. Although the film was released in 1966 it came to Sri Lanka at that time. After that i forgot about it. But as a keen Wild Life enthusiast & a well known Hasher it re started with my travelling to Africa. I did this for... More 

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CheliPeacockKenya, Manager at Joy's Camp, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review. The Born Free legacy is such an important part of Joy's Camp, and indeed Shaba's, history. Willem and Francine moved on some time ago - we are the new managers. You must come back and say hello! Best wishes George and Theresa More 

Nairobi
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Since 3 years in Kenya and nearby 30 safaris... A lot of them in Cheli Peacock Camps because they offer all what we love : quite places far away from the mass tourism but excellent location, a perfect service, fantastic food and very comfortable and tastefully decorated tents and camps. You will never be disappointed. We stayed for the second... More 

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CheliPeacockKenya, Manager at Joy's Camp, responded to this review

It was a great pleasure meet you and thank you for your lovely review. Baby Dik Dik is doing very well – and even walked right in through the office door a few days ago! We are also watching our 3 resident lion cubs develop and grow. Shaba is indeed a place of unique beauty and atmosphere – the perfect... More 

Torquay, Australia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Joy's Camp was the fourth stop of seven in the faultless itinerary we planned and booked directly with Cheli & Peacock Safaris (www.chelipeacock.com). Cheli & Peacock include a suggested reading list with their information, and it made visits to Elsa's Kopje and Joy's even more meaningful and interesting as we had read the suggested books and had more of a... More 

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CheliPeacockKenya, Manager at Joy's Camp, responded to this review

Dear Sharon, Thank you very much for your review. We are so glad you loved your holiday in Kenya, especially at Joy’s Camp. I hope you have got the Kenya bug, and come back again soon! Best regards, Pelham and Iris More 

Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
22 hotel reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 via mobile

We stayed here for 2 nights. We had read about this place before so were not expecting lots of big animals and were therefore not disappointed in not seeing lots of these. It's a great place to see birds and also to experience a different type of landscape as it's quite dry and arid here. We went on day trip... More 

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CheliPeacockKenya, Manager at Joy's Camp, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your experience at Joy’s Camp – Shaba is indeed a unique area and the birdlife is, as you say, quite amazing! The day trip to the Magado Crater is becoming one of the highlights for our clients, as it allows them to see the a slice of real everyday life. So pleased you enjoyed it! Many... More 

Sittard, The Netherlands
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54 reviews 54 reviews
29 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We stayed for 4 nights in Joy's Camp and our total experience was marvellous. The tents are really nice and luxurious. Very spacious, really good bed, lovely decoration, big bath room (with good shower, no bath). Lots of privacy, because tents are well separated. We had a nice view from our deck on area around the spring in from of... More 

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CheliPeacockKenya, Manager at Joy's Camp, responded to this review

Jan, thanks for taking the time to write such a thorough review, helping other travellers to really get a feel for what Joy’s Camp is all about. Yes, the walk to tent 10 is certainly worth it for the seclusion and privacy - a lovely quiet spot. It was a pleasure meeting you and Tiny and I'm truly glad you... More 

Nairobi, Kenya
Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
58 hotel reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

(NFD = Northern Frontier District) Specifically Kenyan, specifically linked to the early explorers, to adventure tinged with romance and danger. Joy's Camp was planned and built by Mike Lawrence, a marvellous raconteur and old fashioned Kenyan colonial, in its best sense. Located on a spot frequented by you guessed it Joy Adamson, it is delightful, especially if you love bird... More 

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CheliPeacockKenya, Manager at Joy's Camp, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review. Shaba is indeed a very special - and wonderfully quiet - National Reserve, we're so pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us at Joy's Camp. Best wishes Barbara (Relief Manager) More 

Leicester, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Joy's Camp quickly followed my stay at Elsa's Kopje and therefore the storyline of my Kenyan adventure continued to follow Joy Adamson's historic and infamous life studying the behaviour of the big cats. Joy's Camp is located where Joy - made famous by the book and film 'Born Free' - lived out her final years. And what a dramatically beautiful... More 

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CheliPeacockKenya, Manager at Joy's Camp, responded to this review

Dear Jason, Thank you very much for your review. It was great to meet you and hope you will be able to come back again soon! Pelham and Iris More 

Nairobi
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
10 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

It was a long drive from Nairobi, but it was worth it. The place in the bush is brilliant. Excellent staff, food and the rooms and the amenities. Eco Lodge and it is. Good views from the dining area. Spent two nights there but will book for four nights just to relax!

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CheliPeacockKenya, Manager at Joy's Camp, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review. We look forward to seeing you again soon and yes, do book for four nights next time to really unwind! Pelham & Iris More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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14 reviews 14 reviews
14 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

Joy’s Camp is located in an extremely pretty area of the Shaba National Park. Green marshes, Umbrella Acacias and the mountain ranges all around make it a stunning location. We were met by Peter and Daniella, the management couple, very friendly and very professional, they made us feel at home immediately. The tented units are magnificent. Although the walls and... More 

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CheliPeacockKenya, Manager at Joy's Camp, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to write your detailed review. We’re delighted you enjoyed our little camp so much. So sorry that you were disappointed with the wildlife. As you’ll see from other reviews, wildlife viewing is very much the luck of the draw but we do have quite a spectacular array of unusual species, many of... More 

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Address: Samburu Ecosystem, Shaba National Reserve, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Eastern Province > Shaba National Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 10
Also Known As:
Joy`s Camp Hotel Shaba National Reserve
Joy's Camp Kenya/Shaba National Reserve

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