Joy’s Camp

Shaba is on the wild side of tourism, remote, hot and visually stimulating: Kenya’s most exclusive game reserve in the dry wilds of Northern Kenya.

The waterhole in front of camp is a magnet for Shaba’s elephant herds, buffalo and waterbuck, as well as the rare Northern endemics: oryx, reticulated giraffe, gerenuk, Grevy’s zebra and lesser kudu. Lion, leopard and cheetah are regular visitors to the area and the birdlife is extraordinarily varied and noisy.

Joy’s Camp, named after author and early conservationist, Joy Adamson, was where she released her beloved leopard, Penny, their story immortalised in Joy’s last book: Queen of Shaba. These and other memories of an extraordinary life are preserved in a small museum here.

Joy’s is a stylish oasis, nomadic Boran tribal detail combines with modern safari chic: cool, white tented-bedrooms looking out over sumptuous views.

“ A good place to start your love affair with Africa ”

Marie Claire