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 the distances between lodges. We came across goat and cattle herders who were traffic stoppers and a man on a scooter with a couch balanced on the back!! Perfect balance. The landscape changed from savannah to hillside agriculture to the dry arid dramatic landscape of Shaba Reserve.
Joy’s camp is situated in Shaba overlooking a natural spring where wildlife could be viewed from the whole camp. My tent was very large, comfortable and the bathroom was luxurious. A family of dik diks would wander along the paths which added a very special touch to the atmosphere.
Sundowners were enjoyed on Turkana Hill overlooking the tracks where Joy Adamson walked her leopard, Penny, daily. Watching the sun set from this vantage point was so special. The authentic Italian meals were as good as any I have had in Italy.
Games drives were amazing with viewing of an abundant supply of the rare Grevy zebras, ( we learnt there were only about 2500 left in the wild ) reticulated giraffes, giraffe necked antelopes, lions following the vast herd of buffalo on the move and I viewed 63 different birds in 2 short days. No shortage of birds or wildlife.
My bush breakfast on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River was so special with a delicious breakfast cooked just there especially for the guests. After reading the information about Joy Adamson in Camp you could just imagine her and Penny resting under the trees after walking 2 hours from Camp! A little different from our comfortable ride to get there..
This lodge is a must do for any safari experience as it is in such a different environment compared to the Masai Mara.
- 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