This is a beautiful, restful and luxurious "camp" rather off-the-beaten track in central Kenya, located inside Shaba National Reserve, and close to two other national parks: Samburu and Buffalo Springs. The accommodation is first-rate and done in the Moorish style. There are ten rooms spread out across the property, with tent doors and concrete walls. Everything inside is tastefully appointed and very clean. The staff are pleasant and professional. We took full board and the food is excellent. In the evenings, we dined outside under the stars. Only caution: wear slacks and long-sleeved tops if possible as there are plenty of mosquitoes, though not the malaria-carrying kind. The tents are raised up off the ground so as to avoid animals, snakes, and insects from entering. We took several game drives mornings and late afternoon. Joy's Camp has their own guides but you can also hire them from Shaba Reserve at the park gate. The dining room, reception area and lounge are also very tastefully appointed and there is Wi-Fi available in the reception area.
The only drawback to this camp is that it is quite a distance off the beaten track, i.e., off the main highway, and the roads -- mostly dirt tracks -- are very bumpy and pot-holed. If it rains, there are huge puddles and mud-holes, so one needs a 4-wheel drive or jeep to get there. We rented a Toyota Land-Cruiser, which was fine. However, one cannot go fast on these "roads", and to do about 27 kms, it took over 1-1/2 hrs to get there, and a little more to reach Samburu or Buffalo Springs National Reserves.
All in all, worth the effort and we had a great visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Joy`s Camp Hotel Shaba National Reserve
- Joy's Camp Kenya/Shaba National Reserve