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The Elewana Collection

Joy’s Camp was designed and built by Stefano Cheli in 2006.  The site was a favourite of Stefano & Liz’s from their days of mobile camps.

Stefano & Liz Cheli in Shaba
Stefano & Liz Cheli in Shaba

In 2015, the lodge joined the Elewana Collection, a group of 16 boutique camps and lodges in the most iconic locations in Kenya, Tanzania and Zanzibar.

Stefano and Liz continue to participate in managing the conservation work, guiding and lodge experience (including the food!) at Joy’s Camp.

Managers – George & Theresa van Wyk

George & Theresa
George & Theresa
George and Theresa van Wyk, arrived at Joy’s Camp in October 2014. Both are in their mid-40s, originally from Zimbabwe, and have three teenage sons. They have many years of safari, lodge management and wildlife management experience between them. George is a Professional Guide, and senior guide trainer – both in Southern Africa, and in Kenya, and Theresa has managed camps in Zimbabwe with artistic flair. George fell in love with Shaba during his work training senior guides from all over East Africa. They are both ardent conservationists have decided to make Joy’s Camp their home.

Guides

Joy’s Camp guides have the whole park to themselves, and know their backyard intimately. All the guides are Bronze or Silver level Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association certified. Shaba is the most spectacular part of the Samburu eco-system with beautiful Bodich and Shaba mountains glowing red in the evening sun. One and a half times the size of Samburu or Buffalo Springs, with no other vehicles – Joy’s Camp has the whole of Shaba to itself! Dramatic arid countryside with natural salts and lush palm fringed springs that attract the wildlife. The northern border of the park is the great Ewaso Nyiro River with rocky gorges, waterfalls and sandy beaches to explore. Game driving in Shaba is very different to game driving in Samburu where all the vehicles drive up and down the river; in Shaba the wildlife concentrates round the numerous springs, and the Joys Camp guides know the territories of the predators, and the elephants’ favourite evening watering hole. They also know how the giant termite castles are built, and enjoy leaving the vehicle behind and walking the river gorge, or to the Chaffa spring.