“Since we humans have the better brain,

Isn’t it our responsibility to protect our fellow creatures from,

Oddly enough, ourselves?

 Joy Adamson


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North of Mt Kenya and the Laikipia region, is the Samburu eco-system of Buffalo Springs Reserve, Samburu National Reserve, Shaba National Reserve, Kalama Conservancy, West Gate Community Area and Nakupurat- Gotu Conservancy.

The area is characterized by a dramatic landscape of semi-arid desert, divided by the meandering Ewaso Nyiro River and dotted with lush springs, Doum palms, volcanic rocks and sacred mountains.

The rare species adapted to arid environments, such as Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, gerenuk, Beisa oryx and Somali ostrich mingle with the big cats and enormous herds of elephants.



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

The waterhole in front of camp is a magnet for the 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.


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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.