Share the place so loved by Joy Adamson
Joy's Camp is closed for the foreseeable future. Let us know if you would like some help finding alternative lodge in the area.
Northern Kenya is a kaleidoscope of people, wildlife and scenery, and Joy's Camp is a secluded oasis within all that action. The camp is built on the site of Joy Adamson’s tented home in Shaba National Reserve in the eastern corner of the Samburu–Buffalo Springs ecosystem, where the arid landscape is dotted with lush springs and rocky river gorges. The camp itself is a stylish retreat that overlooks a large natural spring where elephant and lion tussle for access with herds of buffalo, the rare desert Beisa oryx, reticulated giraffe and Grevy’s zebra.
At the lodge
Like its sister property at Elsa's Kopje, the food at Joy's Camp is delicious and the service is slick. Meals are taken in the airy, open-sided dining room, on the veranda or outdoors beside a stream. For those quiet moments, there's comfortable seating. The camp also has a swimming pool, spa and a shop.
The 10 spacious guest tents (seven doubles and three twins) are uniquely decorated with handmade glass and the vibrant fabrics of the local nomadic tribes. If there's such a thing as "chic Borana style", this is it! Each tent has an en-suite bathroom with stone floors, flush loo, hot running water and a shower, and its own private veranda, ideal for game viewing as well as relaxing, reading and soaking up the truly wild vistas.
Take a morning game drive in a Landcruiser fitted with photographic equipment stands and charging sockets. Eat dinner early to get the full benefit of a night drive to see the wild cat, lion, aardwolf, hyaena, leopard and birds. Meet the nomadic Borana, Samburu and Turkana people who inhabit this area (if they're in the vicinity) or visit Magado Crater, with its natural salt pans mined by local women. Joy Adamson was an accomplished artist. If you're inspired by her work, you'll find easels, paints, charcoal pencils and paper at the camp.