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Joy's Camp - Shaba Reserve, Kenya

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 National Reserve. The site was also home to 'Penny' the leopard, the heroine of her last book.The 10 chic canvas bedrooms are 'raised off the ground with breathtaking views of the surrounding hills.

The camp overlooks a large natural spring where elephant and lion jostle for watering rights with herds of buffalo and the rare desert species of Beisa oryx, reticulated giraffe and Grevy's zebra. Lying in the eastern corner of the Samburu eco-system, Shaba is a secluded idyll standing in an arid landscape dotted with lush springs and rocky river gorges. Joy's Camp is the perfect choice for discerning guests interested in a glimpse of Kenyan history, as well as those looking for an authentic wildlife experience combined with the comfort of a luxury-tented camp. Joy's Camp, "Forever Free"!

Location
Shaba National Reserve, Northern Kenya

The Background
Samburu, Shaba and Buffalo Springs National Reserves
‘The Plains of Darkness'

Vast, magnificent and still largely unexplored, these three neighbouring reserves offer an evocative cocktail of uniquely contrasting habitats, veering from stark cliffs and boulder-strewn scarps to lush swamps and muddy sandbanks; and from bone-dry bush to fronded riverine forests. Hot and arid, this area is known by the local nomadic tribe, the Gabbra, as ‘the Plains of Darkness', whose heat-scorched scrublands extend all the way to the jade-green waters of Lake Turkana. Uncompromisingly rugged, yet vividly beautiful Samburu, verdant Buffalo Springs, and the wildly volcanic Shaba (once the home of Joy Adamson of ‘Born Free' fame, and famous for its large prides of lion), all offer virtually guaranteed wildlife encounters, while elephant roam in large herds and are best seen crossing the river at dusk.

Wildlife highlights: elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, jackal, buffalo, hippo, zebra, oryx, gerenuk, gazelle, gerenuk, hyrax and klipspringer. Birds: 395 recorded species.

Kenya hotels and accommodation
Amongst the wide range of Kenya hotels, some make the ideal Kenya safari destination. Choose a safari lodge, safari hotel, bush camp, luxury lodge, safari camp, tented camp or bush lodge. National park accommodation usually takes the form of a traditional safari lodge or tented camp, but numerous other options exist on the park boundaries. Luxury lodges and luxury camp options are also offered in the private wildlife conservancies.

Accommodation
10 spacious en-suite tents: Each sumptuous tent is uniquely decorated with Boran/Somali cloth design, handmade glass and the vibrant fabrics of the local nomadic tribes creating a chic, sophisticated and stylish camp. Each tent has it's own private verandah, ideal for private game viewing as well as relaxing, reading and soaking up the truly wild environs offered by Shaba.

INCLUDED IN THE GROUND PACKAGE RATES
Full Board Accommodation
Soft Drinks, Beer, House Wines and Non-Luxury Spirits
Day & Night Game Drives
Guided Bush Walks
A half day excursion via Chandlers Falls to Magado Crater to see a community of women mining salt.
Bush Breakfast / Lunch along Ewaso Nyiro River and Gorge
Sundowners
Cultural Visits to a Boran Village
Swimming pool
Local Airstrip Transfers
Limited Laundry Service

Child-friendly
The camp welcomes children.

What to see and do
A place of endless skies, dust-red plains and palm-fringed rivers, Samburu National Reserve lies on the fringes of the vast and arid desert once known as the Northern Frontier District, whose heat-scorched scrublands extend all the way to the jade-green waters of Lake Turkana and beyond. Physically dramatic, the 104 sq kilometre landscape of the Reserve features rocky battlements, craggy scarps, dry river beds and fallen boulders rising out of the thorn scrub against a backdrop of the far-distant hills and the great red table mountain known as Ololokwe. As for wildlife, Samburu provides one of the few sanctuaries in Kenya for the endangered Grevy's zebra, the rare beisa oryx and the blue-shanked Somali ostrich whilst large herds of elephant roam the gaunt hills during the day before returning to bathe on the banks of the river in the evening.

Activities include
• Day & Night Game Drives
• Guided Bush Walks
• Bush Meals along Ewaso Nyiro River and Gorge
• Sundowners
• A half day excursion via Chandlers Falls to Magado Crater to see a community of women mining salt.
• Cultural Visits to a Boran Village
• Swimming pool

 

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