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Joy's Camp

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Samburu Ecosystem, Shaba National Reserve, Kenya
Joy's Camp
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Citta di Castello, Italy
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Joy's is an elegant and impeccably maintained safari camp in the Northern Frontier region. With architecture and decor inspired by the native Samburu and Borana people, this camp has a rather exotic and other-worldly air. Each spacious and luminous guest tent opens onto an extensive grazing area bordered by woodland, where visiting animals can be observed from the tent's private... More 

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

Thank you so much for your review. We so loved hosting you at Joy's Camp and spending time getting to know you - we often recall your time with us. Lady Luck was definitely on your side. Lesser Kudu are a shy animal, and not often seen. Snakes as well are usually very elusive, so to be able to observe... More 

Adderbury, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

The third leg of our safari. This C&P camp is different again to the previous 2 making it very special in its own right. We enjoyed the 4 hour drive from Elsa's Kopje and it was good to get to see the 'real Kenya' outside of luxury camps. We were met by relief managers Chloe and James. The tents are... More 

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

Shaba is indeed a breath-taking and unique portrayal of real, wild Northern Kenya – a region of spectacular beauty and endemic wildlife, with a special, peaceful atmosphere that is all it's own. We are so pleased that you were able to enjoy the magic of Joy’s Camp, and we look forward to welcoming you back soon! Best wishes George, Theresa... More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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44 reviews 44 reviews
31 hotel reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

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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43 reviews 43 reviews
33 hotel reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
12 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
29 reviews 29 reviews
23 hotel reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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62 reviews 62 reviews
31 hotel reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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
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84 reviews 84 reviews
57 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 

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