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Welcome to Cottar’s Safaris

Engage in the original spirit and essence of safari.

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Valuing conservation and community above all else, we provide purposeful experiences benefiting guests, biodiversity, and our local maasai community..

Located in the private Olderkesi Conservancy, a wildlife rich conservancy leased from the Maasai community, on the border of the Maasai Mara National Reserve, our multi award winning properties undoubtably offer an unsurpassed authentic luxury safari in Kenya.

Cottar’s 1920s Camp is one of only eleven Global Ecosphere Retreats in the world. A charming camp, providing the ultimate authentic luxury tented safari, with modern amenities, yet is romantically styled in the bygone era of the twenties, where evenings are warmed under cream canvas tents with lighting from Kenya’s 1920s “lunatic” train line, working gramophones and original photography portraying the history of safari.

Our contemporary five bedroom Bush Villa was the first private house in the Masai Mara, and won the World Travel Award for Leading Luxury Private Villa in Africa.

Managed by the fifth-generation Cottar family, with over 100 years in Africa, we embody the perfect East African safari. Our team endeavours to excel at everything they do, and provide the highest standard of professionally guided wildlife and wilderness adventures.

  • Cottar’s 1920s Camp

Step back in time with us at our award-winning, conservation-led, authentic and luxurious tented camp.

  • Cottar’s Bush Villa

The first private luxury villa in the Maasai Mara, and winner of the ‘Best Private Villa in Africa’ at the World Travel Awards.

Cottar’s activities, we offer immersive & impactful experiences.

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FINANCIAL TIMES

‘romance full of pedigree and promise’.

For those who find themselves hooked on Africa, there comes a time when they want something different,…not every guide can take you there. Some do not have the taste for it and some do not have the know-how, but Calvin Cottar and his 1920s safaris come with the kind of pedigree and promise that is hard to resist.

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We are particularly well-known for

  • the breadth and depth of our unique, authentic and impactful activities
  • our efforts to be a conservation-led, community-empowering business
  • our personable and professional guiding
  • our dynamic and friendly team
  • our private location
  • the style and comfort of our luxurious accommodation

4 Nights for the Price of 3

4 nights for the price of 3 at Cottar’s 1920s Camp or Cottar’s Bush Villa. Applicable on accommodation rates only; conservancy & park fees are not included and are payable for the entire stay.

Honeymoon Offer

50% off one partner’s accommodation. Cottar’s 1920s Camp only (excludes Cottar’s Bush Villa). Minimum stay of 4 nights. Applicable on accommodation rates only; conservancy & park fees are not included and are payable for the entire stay.

Kid’s Entomology Safari

Children of all ages soon become immersed in this captivating outdoor classroom, where the guide and tracker become the teachers and learning about the importance of conservation is not only educational but great fun. Whether learning the art of patience, identifying animals, or becoming friends with a Maasai warrior, a safari with children is very special.

Impactful Experiences

Not just ‘The Big 5’. We have developed unique and impactful activities which are context-specific, compelling, unique, accessible, fun and fascinating. We have taken safari to a whole new level, as we believe that our guests want a bespoke and immersive safari experience that showcases and engages all the facets of biodiversity, culture, community and conservation.

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Quality guiding.

We have the highest number of gold professional standard guides (the highest standard in east africa) within one camp. All of our guides are chosen for their unique skill set and great personalities. From the iconic Masai Mara migration to sightings of twenty-two lion in one pride, the famous five cheetah brothers, local leopards to tracking the elusive, nocturnal creatures, such as pangolin, aardvark and striped hyena. We offer the extraordinary, and the unusual encounters that add a thrilling dimension to any safari adventure.

A Luxurious Stay

From our attentive and friendly team, our array of luxurious activities, such as our famous ‘traditional canvas bush bath’ and many spa treatments, to our beautiful and comfortable rooms and tents. Your stay with us is sure to be, as one of our guests put it “a trip of a lifetime”.

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Here for THE LONG RUN

Our motivation goes far deeper than simply providing a place to stay. As a member of The Long Run, we operate under the guidelines of The Long Run’s 4Cs: balancing Conservation, Community, Culture and Commerce. Our low-impact, high-value approach to sustainable ecotourism helps fund the vital work that is conserving land for biodiversity.

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“Working in partnership with the local community to link tourism returns for biodiversity and for community upliftment through sustainable luxury travel.”

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Cottar’s 1920s Camp

Representing vintage safari luxury at its best, the award-winning Cottar’s 1920s Camp boasts its own 7,608-acre private conservancy and is situated just one kilometre from one of Earth’s natural wonders: the Masai Mara National Reserve and, across the border in Tanzania, contiguous Serengeti region. Run by the continent’s first and longest-running safari family owners, it embodies the original, romantic spirit of adventurous African travel.

Having been providing safaris for more than 100 years, the Cottar family focuses on providing authentic, individualised safari experiences and continuing a legacy founded on wilderness, wildlife, comfort and security, as well as honouring a balance between conservation, prosperous commerce, community and culture.

Our 1920s Camp provides the romance of safari under cream-coloured canvas tents – the bygone style of safaris’ golden age while, at the same time, supplying amenities required by modern-day travellers and professional guides whose qualifications rank among the highest in Africa.

” Within Kenya, Cottar’s and their 1920’s Camp keep a very low profile, but globally – this small family-run, purpose-driven company punches way above its weight. Travel + Leisure
  • One of The Long Run’s certified Global Ecosphere Retreats (GERs ) – with only 11 around the world
  • Located in the Olderkesi Conservancy, which borders the so-called “eighth natural wonder of the world”, the Maasai Mara National Reserve.
  • Secures the Olderkesi Conservancy for wildlife use: in a community partnership, the Cottar’s Wildlife Conservation Trust leases these 7608 acres from the local Maasai community , conserving biodiversity on the land
  • Fifth-generation family owners with more than 100 years of authentic history of arranging safaris in Africa
  • Highest standards of guiding, with two KPSGA gold-standard guides and one silver-level guide

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  • Game drives
  • Guided walks
  • Visit a Maasai warrior school
  • Traditional canvas bush bath
  • Talk on sustainability and conservation
  • Talk on Maasai culture
  • Talk on the life of a hunter-gatherer
  • Talk on history of African travel
  • Coffee-tasting experience
  • Talk on pangolins
  • Carbon footprint, recycle and upcycling talk and experience
  • Raptor talk and visit
  • Foraging and medicinal walk
  • Ecological monitoring (must be pre-arranged at least one day ahead)
  • An hour with female conservation rangers (must be pre-arranged at least two hours ahead)
  • Talk on the history of Cottar’s
  • Reforestation seedball dispersal activity
  • Educational visit to The Explorers’ Tent, showcasing the history of safari

Activities at an Additional Cost

These activities will need to be pre-arranged – please enquiry for prices:

A conservation helicopter flight with the Mara Elephant Project (MEP) over the Maasai Mara

Immersive raptor experience with The Kenya Bird of Prey Trust

  • Mara educational cheetah experience
  • Visit the local Maasai village
  • Elephant research/monitoring experience
  • Beading lesson with Mamma Nashiro Batian
  • Massage or other spa treatments
  • Hot-air balloon flight over the Maasai Mara. PLEASE NOTE: The day begins with a wake-up call at 3.30am including tea and coffee before departure to the launch site. The drive takes about 90 minutes
  • Professional photography experience – with 20% of all proceeds going towards the Cottar’s Wildlife Conservation Trust

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Cottar's 1920s Camp

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Location: Exclusive 250,000 acre concession, bordering Loliondo in Tanzania, Masai Mara, Southern Kenya No of rooms: 11 Style: Traditional golden era explorers safari camp Highlights: Day and night game drives, massages, spring fed swimming pool Dining: Communal dining in camp, or meals out in the bush What’s the difference: Spend your day’s in a camp actually started by one of the great explorers of East Africa. The Luxury Safari Company Award for: Most romantic rooms filled with campaign furniture and reminscent of the old days.

The Cottar Safari tradition began in 1919. Nearly 90 years on, Cottar’s Camp continue to provide an unparalleled safari experience to discerning clients in Africa. Extending an era of luxury and quality, guests return to the original spirit and essence of ‘safari’, reminiscent of a golden era – an era of romance, professional guiding, adventure and elegance.

Situated in the Masai Mara, in an untouched exclusive concession bordering the Serengeti and Loliondo reserves, the area guarantees privacy and an abundance of wildlife. The camp accommodates up to 22 guests in authentic white canvas tents, which are spacious and luxuriously furnished with original safari antiques from the 1920s.

As Cottars 1920s Camp is based in its own private concession you really can do as you like each day but the main highlights are day and night game drives, guided bush walks, bush meals, sundowners, cultural visits, fishing, spring fed swimming pool and massages.

Cottar’s community development schemes and eco-preservation projects include successful construction of a school and financing teachers wages, supplying two local clinics with medical provisions as well as much more.

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The Explorer Tent at Cottar's 1920s Camp in Masai Mara

Cottar's 1920s Safari Camp

Lodge location Olderkesi Wildlife Conservancy

Authentic safari with a touch of the golden age of African safaris.

Excellent food, extremely attentive staff and romantic bygone era décor. Guests visiting Cottar’s 1920s Camp have described this camp as the kind of place that you’ll want to come back to and tell your friends about. The camp is located in the Olderkesi Conservancy, just north of the Tanzanian border. The area offers an abundance of wildlife, but with the guarantee of privacy and exclusivity.

At a glance

Walk on the wild side, game drives, tented rooms, bring the family, photography, catch a balloon, nearest airport, meet your hosts, star gazing, old-time luxury and charm meets modern-day comfort.

Situated only one kilometre from the world’s 'seventh natural wonder of the world, the Masai Mara , Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp’s name really says it all. The camp pays tribute to the safari camps of days gone by where well-to-do gentlemen visited the area for some hunting in the lap of luxury. Luckily the only hunting done these days, is the tracking of wildlife to capture the best possible wildlife photograph. However, the class and charm of the 1920s lives on for the guests of the camp. The camp’s location in the private Olderkesi Conservancy gives visitors the benefit of being surrounded by an abundance of wildlife, without having to expect large numbers of tourists.

The camp is owned and operated by the legendary Cottar Family. They have been operating this and other camps under the Cottar flag for over 100 years (five generations). That they've done so successfully is noticeable through the many awards the camp has been presented with throughout the years. The camp is known for its stunning marquee tents, world-class Maasai guides and trackers and arguably some of the best food in the Mara. The camp's staff is extremely attentive and will do all they can to make sure your stay is very memorable. The camp’s guides and hosts have been known to share stories about the camp and the Cottar family history by fireside when prompted. A wonderful way to end the day and learn about the history of camp.

Cottar's 1920s Safari Camp offers small-scale luxury and consists of only nine stunning and spacious cream-coloured marquee tents. There are four double tents, three family suites and two lovely honeymoon suites. Each of the tents has its own en-suite bathroom. The family suite tents come with living rooms equipped with fireplaces. Each of the tents is spaced generally from the other tents to ensure privacy for all guests during their stay. The tents are sumptuously furnished with antiques, oriental carpets, four-poster beds, dressing rooms, porcelain, crystal and outdoor verandahs overlooking the stunning savannah and Olderkesi Hills.

The camp has two stylish spacious main mess area tents dedicated to eating, drinking and being merry. Guests can come together here to enjoy mouth-watering cuisine, sip on some of their favourite drinks and cocktails and to sit back and relax with a good book in a comfy chair. All meals at Cottar's are locally sourced and many come from the camp’s own organic kitchen garden. For moments when you could do with a refreshing plunge, there’s a stunning 25 meter pool. The camp also features a spa for the ultimate in relaxation after a long and exciting day of safari. For some bathing with a twist the camp offers a safari bath or shower in the savannah.

Activities at Cottar's 1920s Safari Camp

Cottar’s Camp has a slightly different approach to safari activities than other safari lodges. The act of going on a safari and spotting the big five has become fairly standardised at most lodges. Cottar's believes that guests long for a sense of purpose during their safari and that most safaris lack a sense of engagement. They have therefore spent the past year creating a range of safari activities that have a positive impact on safari travellers, Cottar's, biodiversity in the Mara ecosystem and the local Maasai community. In addition to more common safari activities, Cottar’s now also offers the following unique and engaging activities to its guests. Additional fee may apply for some activities:

  • vulture / raptor rehabilitation experience
  • Masai Mara’s all-female conservation ranger unit meet-up
  • pangolin project talk
  • wild dog talk
  • medicinal plant walk & talk
  • Mara predator project experience
  • foraging adventure and foraged dining experience led by a Maasai staff member
  • tour of the Maasai community-owned private Olderkesi Conservancy complete with a lovely sundowner
  • e-bike tour of the surrounding area
  • reforestation seed dispersal bushwalk
  • Maasai warrior school
  • history of safari talk
  • Cottar's sustainability talk
  • game walk or run with Maasai guide
  • visit to local Maasai school
  • professional photography experience
  • hot-air balloon safari

Stay 4 pay 3 at Cottar's 1920s Safari Camp

Experience the magic of Masai Mara with Cottars 1920s Safari Camp. For every 4-night stay, you pay only for 3! Relish enchanting wildlife encounters, unrivaled luxury, and authentic 1920s charm. Book now and immerse yourself in the heart of the wilderness. This special is valid for stays between 1 November and 19 December 2023, between 11 January and 31 May 2024 and between 1 November and 19 December 2024.

Tripadvisor comments Cottar's 1920s Safari Camp

Cottar’s is really an exceptional high end safari camp. Lovely and luxurious facilities in Kenya’s Masai Mara with a cheerful, expert and gracious staff, who do a wonderful job of getting you to see all the animals and have rich cultural experiences as well (visiting and being welcomed to one of the local Masai villages was a highlight even on a day that included close up viewing of leopards and lions). Very private on its own reserve area and removed from the concentration of other Safari camps in the Mara. Highly recommended! Z7619MIjoer from New York City, NY
Cottar’s was one of the best experience that we have ever had. Absolutely fantastic camp, great lodging, first rate staff - attentive, caring, thoughtful, professional and intent on meeting all of your needs. The Conservancy is chalked full of wildlife and unlike the overrun Masai Mara, near devoid of people as Cottar’s has a near exclusive right to the territory. Scott H

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Experience the luxury and elegance of a bygone era at Cottar’s 1920s Camp amidst the breathtaking landscapes of the Masai Mara. This exclusive safari camp offers guests a unique blend of adventure, wildlife viewing, and colonial-era charm, providing an unrivaled African experience.

Situated in the Olderkesi Conservancy, the camp provides an intimate and secluded setting that harkens back to the 1920s, with tented accommodation that boasts the grandeur of the safari golden age while ensuring luxurious comfort.

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Discover Timeless Elegance at Cottar’s 1920s Camp

Immerse yourself in the romance of the African savannah with a stay at the iconic Cottar’s 1920s Camp , where the past is preserved in luxurious authenticity. Here, in the heart of the Olderkesi Conservancy, the grandeur of East African safaris of yesteryear comes to life amidst the vast expanse of the Masai Mara.

Tented Accommodations with Classic Charm

Cottar’s 1920s Camp transcends the typical safari experience with its vintage-styled, white canvas tents. Experience the following:

  • Spacious, elegantly furnished canvas tents with en-suite bathrooms
  • Private verandas offering sweeping views of the plains
  • Exclusive honeymoon tents that provide the perfect romantic escape
  • Large, comfortable beds dressed in the finest linens
  • Bathing in style with traditional safari showers and canvas baths

Exclusive Amenities

Your stay at Cottar’s is complemented by a variety of personalized services and facilities:

  • Unmatched Privacy: Enjoy the seclusion of the camp within the private Olderkesi Conservancy.
  • Fine Dining: Savor gourmet meals prepared with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients.
  • Relaxation and Wellness: Indulge in rejuvenating spa treatments and massages set against the backdrop of the African bush.
  • Bespoke Safari Experiences: Explore the wilderness with expert-led game drives, walking safaris, and night drives.
  • Conservation and Culture: Delve into community visits and learn about local conservation efforts firsthand.

Activities for Every Interest

Cottar’s 1920s Camp promises a multitude of activities for adventurers, wildlife enthusiasts, and culture seekers:

  • Game Drives & Guided Walks: Witness the Masai Mara’s rich wildlife.
  • Maasai Cultural Visits: Gain insights into the vibrant Maasai culture.
  • Pool with a View: Relax aside a canvas-fronted pool overlooking the savannah.
  • Warrior School: Learn traditional Maasai skills with the camp’s Maasai warriors.

Secluded Luxury in the Wild

At Cottar’s 1920s Camp, the spirit of the original East African safari pioneers is omnipresent. It’s not just a place to stay—it’s a return to the quintessential safari era with all the luxury of the modern world.

Retreat to a bygone era of safari romance and adventure—welcome to Cottar’s 1920s Camp.

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Review: Cottar’s Safari Camp in Kenya

If you’re looking for a safari that will transport you back in time, look no further than Cottar’s safari camp in Kenya . This would have to be one of my favourite camps in East Africa. If you love the idea of stepping back in time, this 1920’s themed camp is for you. This is a full review of my time at Cottars Kenya in the Maasai Mara.

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My review of Cottar’s Safari Camp in Kenya

After a five hour flight from Cape Town, I finally arrived in Nairobi airport. With customs and immigration out of the way, I made my way to the pickup area and ordered an Uber to transport me over to the Domestic Airport. The drive took around 40 minutes, though it can take longer at rush hour. From there, it was a short hour long bush flight to the camp.

When I arrived at the camp it was pouring down with rain. I quickly checked in with the staff and made my way over to my tent to wait it out before afternoon drive. My room was incredibly spacious and felt like a dream come true. It is a complete time warp to the 1920’s and no detail has gone unnoticed.

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Although the tents are open-plan living, each area is separated to make it feel a little more like home. There is a fabric partitioner between the single beds and the Queen bed (for a little privacy), as well as curtains leading in to both bathrooms.

A small wardrobe will give you enough room to unpack your safari outfits and survival kit (mosquito spray, lip balm, sunscreen at the ready). The bathroom has a large shower and with patience (2-3 minutes) a hot shower in the mornings and evenings.

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The main event: Wildlife on Safari

But of course the main reason you come on safari is to see the wildlife and experience it first hand. So, what can you expect to see in Kenya’s Maasai Mara ? No wildlife experience is ever guaranteed, however the safari experience at Cottars is quite different to other camps in the Mara. Because the camp is located in the South of the park, it is far from hoards of safari jeeps. You will never see another safari vehicle on your drives, which is completely unique to other areas of the park. When I was staying elsewhere in Kenya I could count up to 20 vehicles at one time!

As we exited the camp each day we saw plenty of giraffe and zebra were always close by. Every day we saw lions and even lion cubs. All in all the wildlife viewing was in abundance and if this is your first safari experience, you will not be disappointed.

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The Cottar’s Safari Camp Experience

What I loved about staying at Cottar’s was being able to feel as if I had stepped back in to the 1920’s and experience safaris as they once were. One of the evenings I was offered a bush bath (all guests can request one) outside my tent, in the same typical fashion travellers would have done back in the early days of safaris. This was coupled with a gin and tonic, which made for the perfect afternoon.

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The African Villa at Cottar’s Safari Camp

Above the camp is a huge wooden villa the Cottar’s family built in more recent years for big groups and families looking for a more private experience. One of the evenings I was at the lodge the owner invited me up to take a look around and I couldn’t believe how impressive the views were from up there! This is definitely more on the expensive end of the scale for a certain clientele, but definitely worth a look if you chance a visit when the owner Calvin is in camp.

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A very warm thank you to the Cottar’s team for welcoming me to stay in exchange for writing about my experience. All opinions and photos are my own.

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Accommodation The Cottar’s have engaged in the original spirit of the bygone explorer to create a luxury camp in an undisturbed corner of the Maasai Mara. The family looks back on a long tradition: carrying out its first safari in 1920, the Cottar’s is the oldest established safari business in Kenya. Strewn across an extensive site, the eleven exceedingly spacious tents offer plenty of privacy. There are six standard tents, a large honeymoon tent and four family tents, which comprise two en-suite bedrooms with a common lounge/living area and open fireplace. All tents come with a walk-in closet and a veranda with seating. The central hub at Cottar’s comprises two main tents with lounge and dining area, and a large pool with fantastic views to the front. The camp’s location on the slope of a hill means spectacular views over the savannah. Cottar's Bush Villa is ideal for a family or group of friends. The private villa boasts five en-suite bedrooms, a living room, dining room, a large viewing platform and a 25 m swimming pool. The villa comes with its own team and private vehicle/guide.

Location Most guests fly with a small aircraft from Nairobi Wilson to the Keekorok Airstrip. From here, it is a 1.5-hour drive to the camp. The flight time from Nairobi Wilson is approximately 45 minutes. Alternatively, a plane can be privately chartered to a fly to Cottar's Airstrip, which reduces the drive to camp to just 10 minutes. The Maasai Mara abuts the Serengeti to the north to form the border with Tanzania. The reserve covers an area of approx. 1'510 km² and receives water via the Sand River, the Talek River and, of course, the Mara River. Cottar's 1920 Camp is situated within the private 28 km² Olderikesi Conservancy, which lies on the south eastern border of the Maasai Mara. The area is very private and remote and there are hardly any other game drive vehicles in this corner of the Maasai Mara. Cottar's can also arrange excursions to witness the River Crossings in the Maasai Mara during the season. This activity is organised as a full-day excursion.

Wildlife The Maasai Mara is home to one of the highest concentrations of big cat in Africa and more than 50 species of raptor. Lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, buffalo and elephant are high on the must-see list of most visitors here, and it is indeed the most likely place to get a snapshot of all of them. Additionally, July sees the arrival of the first ca. two million wildebeest, zebra and Thompson’s gazelle that migrate from the Serengeti to feast on the fresh green grass of the Maasai Mara. They remain until September, when they make their way south again towards the Serengeti. The animals traverse the Mara River, where hungry crocodiles lie in wait for their prey, a spectacle known as ‘river crossings’.

Activities Game drives, night drives (in the private conservancy only), bush walks, bush picnics, visit to a local village, fishing, massage & spa, pool.

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