Joy’s Camp Shaba

An elegant oasis in the spectacular arid landscapes of Samburu; Joy’s Camp is built on the site of Joy Adamson’s tented home in Shaba National Reserve. 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.

The eastern corner of the Samburu eco-system, Shaba is a secluded idyll; which Joy’s Camp guests can enjoy as a private experience, out of the hustle and bustle of Samburu – an arid landscape dotted with lush springs and rocky river gorges, home to unique and rare wildlife species.

About the camp

Only 10 guest tents, each 100sq m sumptuous tent is uniquely decorated with handmade glass and the vibrant fabrics of the local nomadic tribes creating a chic, sophisticated and stylish camp. Each tent has its own private veranda, ideal for game viewing, as well as relaxing, reading and soaking up the truly wild environs offered by Shaba.

The camp has a swimming pool, well-being facilities, and a shop.


  • A private experience of 59,000 acre National Reserve, part of the greater Samburu-Buffalo Springs ecosystem, with spectacular scenery.
  • Rare arid species: Beisa oryx, reticulated giraffe, gerenuk, Grevy’s zebra, Somali ostrich, as well as elephant herds, big cats, buffalo, water-buck, and diverse bird species.
  • Night gamedrives after an early “theatre dinner” – leopard, wild cat, porcupines …
  • Experienced silver & bronze KPGSA certified guides.
  • Walks, bush breakfasts and sundowners.
  • Game drives in open custom designed 4×4 game viewing vehicles.
  • Meet the truly nomadic Boran peoples


Encounter Elewana

Crafted Experiences for the Discerning Traveller

Elewana offers an array of authentic encounters at all of its camps, lodges and boutique beach hotels. These ‘Encounters’ exhibit Elewana’s unquenchable desire to provide the most authentic experiential wildlife, culinary and cultural experiences available, wherever and whenever possible.


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SkySafari is a bespoke blend of incomparable game-viewing opportunities, luxuriant accommodations, intimate dining choices, and a unique aerial perspective courtesy of Elewana’s very own executive-class Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft.


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A self-drive safari which will see Guests drive their own ‘top-of-the-line’
Land Rover Discovery from the coffee fields of Arusha, through the elephant-laden park of Tarangire, into the world renowned Ngorongoro Crater and finally to the expansive and dramatic plains of the Serengeti.