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Joy's Camp In Shaba closed...

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Joy's Camp in Shaba has closed. I was considering staying here in 2018.

 

Anyone know what's planned here..? Africa Travel Resource seems to suggest it will re-open as a guide training place, but the person who replied to my email at Elewana had no info.

 

Anyone know anything?

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what did your reply say ?

 

there is no indication  on the home page that the place is  shutting

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@ZarekCockar told me that it had closed due to safety issues because there were too many raiders coming from Somalia. i was planning to visit Joy's Camp,but it looks like I'll have to visit Shaba  as a day trip from Saruni Samburu. I think that I should visit Buffalo Springs as well.

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Thanks for the heads-up @Optig and @ZarekCockar

 

That's good to know

 

Cosmic - it seems to be closed already and/or at least no longer taking bookings

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3 hours ago, optig said:

I think that I should visit Buffalo Springs as well.

 

Definitely!

 

I heard a rumor that day trips to Shaba (from nearby lodging in Samburu/Buffalo Springs/etc) will require hiring armed escorts to protect against Shifta.

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@offshorebirder I guess that i won't visit Shaba until it's safe because no national park is worth visiting if one has to take armed escorts. Anyways, I'm sure i'd be quite happy visiting Saruni Samburu again in combination with Buffalo Springs.

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@optig I think in general an armed escort is nothing to be worried so much. We had our ranger with us and Zarek on the way to Lake Turkana and also police and/or army as security guards in the Danakil. To me important is that a very good and trustworthy Guide with contacts to the area or up to date information is able to check the situation before you go. 

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I think that the main reason why Joy's closed was commercial. Occupancy rate was very low, and when Stefano Cheli sold its properties to Elewana, the new owner decided to shut it down.

 

As to the security situation in Shaba, I do not have last minute information, but  - at least until very recently - some of the very top Kenya safari guides were setting their mobile camps there as part of their safaris. Given the high end nature of their product, I am sure security concerns were taken into account.

 

The situation in the area has always been a bit volatile (I had to cancel a trip there in 2009, but it was more due to the invasion of illegal cattle due to the drought). My understanding was that in recent years the establishment of Nakrupat-Gotu Conservancy had been very beneficial from a stability perspective, but everything seems to be in a state of flux in Kenya right now.

 

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@Paolo I know that Shaba is one of your favorite national parks. So do you still recommend it if I have to go with a private guide or take a day trip from Saruni Samburu?

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