About Shaba National Reserve
This is arid country, and a treasure trove of rare species – Aardwolf, Striped Hyena, as well as plentiful Gerenuk, Grevy Zebra, the rarest and most beautiful of the zebra species, Beisa Oryx, the splendid blue-legged Somali Ostrich, and the stunning Reticulated Giraffe.
Leopard love the massive tortilis acacia trees, especially in the forest close to camp, and hunt for klipsringer on the rocks. In this landscape of yellow grass and rocks, the lion are pale in colour and truly wild; cheetah have adapted to work together in small related groups, and elephant and buffalo love the spring in front of camp.
About Shaba, Samburu
Shaba National Reserve covers 300 sq kms, more than 50% of the three reserves that make up “Samburu” – and the most picturesque of the three.
Joy’s Camp has the whole of the eastern sector of Samburu to itself. Dramatic arid countryside with stunning views of beautiful Bodich and Shaba mountains glowing red in the evening sun. The reserve has natural salts and lush palm fringed springs that attract wildlife. The northern border of the park is the great Ewaso Nyiro River with rocky gorges, waterfalls and sandy beaches to explore.
Shaba is a National Reserve, owned and operated by Isiolo County Council. It is run by the Reserve rangers, who also liaise with the KWS base close to Shaba, and the NRT rangers of Nakuprat-Gotu.
Nakuprat-Gotu Wildlife Conservancy
Not only is Shaba the largest part of Samburu, but its eco-system is doubled by the Nakuprat-Gotu community conservancy that surrounds it borders. Joys Camp works closely with the conservancy and has contributed donations of $30,000 towards rangers posts and infrastructure. Operated through the Northern Rangelands Trust, the conservancy is linked to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, works in collaboration with Shaba Reserve and operates trained armed rangers, security, radios and vehicles. Shaba has blossomed with this community support.
At an altitude of 2400 ft, the days are warm, rising to maximum of 30 deg C, but comfortable with minimum humidity, and the evenings are warm and comfortable. Rainfall is mostly in April and May with an average of 250mm per year.