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Cottar’s Awards and Accolades

  • Conde Nast Traveller Readers’ Choice Awards 2021: best hotels and resorts in Africa – No.5 The Best Resorts in the Rest of Africa (excludes South Africa) 2021
  • Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2021: The Best Resorts in the World – No.31 2021
  • The Safari Awards Africa 2019 – Most Romantic Safari Property 2019
  • The Safari Awards Africa 2019 – Best Safari Guiding Team 2019
  • The Safari Awards Kenya 2019 – The Best Guiding Team – Winner 2019
  • The Safari Awards Kenya 2019 – The Most Romantic Safari Property – Winner 2019
  • The Safari Awards Kenya 2019 – The Best Walking Safari – 3rd Place 2019
  • The Safari Awards Kenya 2019 – Best Safari Cuisine – Runner Up 2019
  • The Safari Awards Kenya 2019 – Best Design – 3rd Place 2019
  • 1 of 11 Global Ecosphere Retreats in the World – The Long Run 2019
  • GOLD Eco Rating Certification – Ecotourism Kenya 2019
  • Twisht – Global Experience Award 2019
  • Chad Clark Travel Ventures Certified™ Experience 2019
  • The Safari Awards Best Safari Guiding Team 3rd place 2018
  • The Safari Awards Best Safari House – runners up 2018
  • The Safari Awards Best Walking Safari – runners up 2018
  • The Safari Awards Best Mobile Safari – runners up 2018
  • Conde Nast Reader’s Choice awards – No.24 in 2017
  • Africa’s Best Sustainable Boutique Hotel winner 2017
  • African’s Leading Luxury Private Villa 2016 – World Travel Awards winner 2016
  • Trip of a Lifetime – Fodors 100 Travel Awards 2014
  • Best Guide – Harper’s Bazaar 2008
  • 101 Best Hotels – Tatler Travel Guide 2007
  • The 50 Best Camp Sites – The Independent 2006
  • Best Safari Camp – Harper’s & Queen 2003
  • Best Tented Camp in the World – Tatler 2003
  • Top Guides of Africa – Conde Nast Traveller 2002

Cottar’s – In The Press

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2021

We are featured in the November Issue of Travel + Leisure (hard copy), Jacqui is the Editor in Cheif and stayed with us in July. November 2021
TATLER: The destinations we are most excited to travel to now October 2021 Read the Article
LUX Responsible Culture October 2021 Read the Article
Conde Nast Traveller October 2021 Read the Article
Brilliant Africa October 2021 Read the Article
Conde Nast Traveler – Readers Choice Awards 2021 October 2021 Read the Article
Carrier UK September 2021 Read the Article
Based on a true story September 2021 Read the Article
Diplomat magazine – Cottar’s features as their ‘Window on the World’ August Issue Read the Article
Cazenove + Loyd July 2021 Read the Article
Paradise Collective July 2021 Read the Article
Forbes July 2021 Read the Article
Town & Country July 2021 Read the Article
Sarah Marshall for The Telegraph July 2021 Read the Article
Independent May 2021 Read the Article
CNTraveller May 2021 Read the Article
Wanderlust March 2021 Read the Article
Kartagener Associates Inc. March 2021 Read the Article
Reforma March 2021 Read the Article

2020

Aardvark: November issue of Wanderlust Travel Magazine. November 2020
The Cottar’s September blog is now live on A Luxury Travel Blog September 2020 Read the Article
The national magazine of the Sierra Club August 2020 Read the Article
Aardvark Safaris blog February 2020 Read the Article

2019

Featured on BBC World Service

Calvin interviewed around the ‘business of conservation’ and featured on BBC uk

December 2019

Washing Post Sunday Paper

the tree-planting piece was published in print in the Sunday paper. It has also been picked up by several additional outlets including The San Francisco Chronicle and NZ Herald.

December 2019
Washington Post Online December 2019 Read the Article
Also from News Ghana (received from the Xin Hua News Agency) October 2019 Read the Article
Nomad Magazine (this is a soft copy of this month’s issue, page 50 – 51) October 2019 Read the Article
Conde Nast Travelller UK October 2019 Read the Article
The Hollywood Reporter – “How Hollywood Safaris” July 2019 Read the Article
Love Exploring April 2019 Read the Article
Adventure Travel News March 2019 Read the Article

2018

Conde Nast Traveler – Facebook Post August 2018 Read the Article
Air Magazine, Dubai July 2018 Read the Article
Timbuktu Travel June 2018 Read the Article
Destination Weddings Magazine July / August 2018 Read the Article
Tatler.com May 2018 Read the Article
Tailormade Africa April 2018 Read the Article
Luxury Travel Diary April 2018 Read the Article
Mood of Living Read the Article
Luxury Travel Diary April 2018 Read the Article
Luxury Travel Diary March 2018 Read the Article
www.tripstodiscover.com March 2018 Read the Article
Luxury Travel Diary January 2018 Read the Article
Luxury Travel Diary January 2018 Read the Article

2017

Luxury Travel Diary November 2017 Read the Article
positiveluxury.com November 2017 Read the Article
Spears page 104 November 2017 Read the Article
 International Year for sustainable tourism for Development 2017 Read the Article
CNN – The world’s best boutique hotels of 2017 November 2017 Read the Article
Stuart Butler – Ndege News October 2017 Read the Article
Conde Nast Traveler October 2017 Read the Article
The Standard August 2017 Read the Article
The World Pursuit August 2017 Read the Article
The World Pursuit August 2017 Read the Article
Oracle Time Magazine July 2017 Read the Article
Maptia.com May 2017 Read the Article
Third Home May 2017 Read the Article
The World Pursuit May 2017 Read the Article
The Good Safari Guide May 2017 Read the Article
Signature Luxury Travel & Style magazine.Australia January 2017 Read the Article
Luxe Getaways January 2017 Read the Article

2016

Conde Nast Traveler December 2016 Read the Article
Africa Geographic September 2016 Read the Article
The Good Safari Guide October 2016 Read the Article
Center for Responsible Travel October 2016 Read the Article
Charity Buzz October 2016 Read the Article
The Safari Awards Finalist 2017 October 2016
Geographical Expeditions Magazine Autumn 2016
CNN story: 8 extravagant safari experiences in Kenya October 2016 Read the Article
The Luxury Travel Expert September 2016 Read the Article
Ker & Downey Safaris August 2016 Read the Article
Travel Weekly August 2016 Read the Article
BY CAPITAL LIFESTYLE August 2016 Read the Article
Conde Nast Traveler July 2016 Read the Article
Shermans Travel July 2016 Read the Article
National Geographic Traveller 2016 July 2016 Read the Article
VOA – Voice of America on How do we value wildlife June 2016 Read the Article
The Wall Street Journal March 2016 Read the Article
Outside Go – Calvin March 2016 Read the Article
Outside Go – the Camp March 2016 Read the Article
Travel & Leisure March 2016 Read the Article

“Cottar’s 1920s Camp, in the Mara, Africa’s great landscape, is quintessentially safari-romantic, with oodles of style. The twenties furniture and gramophone, the Vuitton trunks and the hotties may all sound a bit kitsch but, strangely, it’s not. This is the most authentic combination of the traditional colonial safari and modern comfort. The alchemy of safari and sophistication is masterminded by Calvin Cottar, tall, handsome, a thirty something fifth-generation Kenyan who’s a god: think the fashion clout of Calvin Klein combined with the ability to save your life if charged by a buffalo. Cottar’s attention to every detail – from the food to the tracking, to the hefty sundowners (there’s no such thing as a ‘small’ drink here), to the kilims in the sitting room, to the rhythm of Africa – makes this camp so special.”

Winner of the Tatler Awards for Best Tented Camp

“The Cottar clan is referred to in the book as the First Family of the safari business. If you want to track the safari bloodline, you go to Cottar’s”

Travel + Leisure: World’s best awardsFollow The Leaders

“For those who find themselves hooked on Africa, there comes a time when the 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.”

Financial TimesRomance full of pedigree and promise

“One very special place, however, aims to give its visitors a unique encounter with Africa. Cottars 1920s Camp harmoniously fuses the elements that make for a stylish, comfortable, one-of-a-kind safari adventure”

Architectural DigestEVOKING THE GOLDEN AGE OF THE EAST AFRICAN ADVENTURE

“Over the years, Cottars has guided royalty, sports figures, assorted tycoons, and scores of more down-to-earth types on safaris completely tailored to meet their needs and desires”

BloombergTrekking Into Africa

“If you ask old Africa hands to name the best guides, Cottars appears at the top of every list”

Conde Nast TravelerInto the Bush with the best

“Cottar’s Safari Camp is sublime: pure Out of Africa. The golden age of safari is recreated in a heady cocktail of marquee tents, antique furnishings and liveried staff”

Harpers AbroadTHE 150 BEST PLACES ON EARTH – Winner ‘Best Tented Camp in the World’, 2003

“Take White Hunters from the bookcase in the lounge of Cottar’s 1920s Camp and open it to the chapter “Trailblazers of the Twenties.” There you’ll find a photo of a hunting party, among whom is Calvin Cottar’s grandfather Mike. The hat he is wearing now sits on top of the bookcase. The Cottar clan is referred to in the book as the First Family of the safari business. If you want to track the safari bloodline, you go to Cottar’s.”

Travel + LeisureFollow The Leaders

“Within Kenya, Cottar’s and their 1920’s Camp and Villa keep a very low profile, but globally – this small family-run, purpose-driven company punches way above its weight.”

Conde Nast TravelerTravel + Leisure 2019

“To the south, set right next to the Maasai Mara reserve, Cottar’s 1920s Camp (from $800 per person per night) has “great traditional interiors and great family heritage,” Briggs says. “They’ve been doing safaris here almost a hundred years.” The tents are laden with campaign and colonial antiques, the floors lined with kilims and cotton dhurries. Some of the largely Maasai staff and guides have been with the Cottars for decades. The food is superb, the whole vibe is classic ‘Old Africa’—it’s fantastically stylish," says Briggs.”

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