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Samburu Ecosystem, Shaba National Reserve, Kenya
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Joy's Camp
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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Torquay, Australia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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22 helpful votes 22 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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31 reviews 31 reviews
21 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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

Arusha, Tanzania
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72 reviews 72 reviews
51 hotel reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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

Seattle, WA
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76 reviews 76 reviews
13 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

After driving a long way through Samburu and then into Shaba, we found Joy's Camp in an oasis atmosphere and were greeted most warmly. We were there over St. Patrick's Day and we all celebrated heartily along with the staff. The tents were so comfortable and had great vistas right from the front patios. The community gathering spots were beautiful... More

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

Thank you for your kind review. We’re so pleased you enjoyed your stay at Joy’s Camp. We really enjoyed St Patrick’s Day too and will never forget the green moustaches and the green beer! We hope to see you again. Pelham and Iris More

Winchester
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014 via mobile

“A Peaceful Haven” A gorgeous and tranquil location guaranteed to help you unwind and relax away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Fabulous tents with amazing bathrooms and every comfort imaginable; great food and peace and quiet in abundance. Not a prolific number of animals, they are rather skittish, but magnificent reticulated giraffe, cheetah, zebra, lion all viewed.... More

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

Thank you very much for your lovely review! We're so glad you enjoyed your stay with us. It's definitely a great place to unwind – the wildlife, the scenery and the lack of other vehicles. Please come again! Pelham & Iris More

Townsville, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

The road transfer from Elsa’s Kopje’s to Joy’s Camp in Shaba Reserve which is located east of the road linking Isiolo and Marsabit is a must do for anyone travelling to Africa for the very first time. It gives you an insight into the culture of the villages, road side market stalls, life of rural villagers and a sense of... More

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

Thank you very much for taking the time to write your detailed review - & for coming to visit our very special little corner of Kenya! With best wishes Iris & Pelham 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): $
Also Known As:
Joy`s Camp Hotel Shaba National Reserve
Joy's Camp Kenya/Shaba National Reserve

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An elegant oasis in the arid lands of Samburu; Joy’s Camp is built on the site of Joy Adamson’s tented home in Shaba. Each sumptuous tent is uniquely decorated with handmade glass and vibrant fabrics of the local nomadic tribes creating a chic, sophisticated and stylish camp. A perfect choice for those interested in a glimpse of Kenyan history, as well as an authentic wildlife experience combined with the comfort of a luxury tented camp. ... more   less 
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