The Cottar family provide genuinely stunning wildlife and wilderness experiences, engaging in the original spirit and essence of ‘safari’: an abundance of wildlife, a guarantee of privacy, and the highest standards of professional guiding, in a luxurious and authentic safari environment.
Our activities are tailored to give you the most authentic African safari experiences with a guiding style that is different from other safari operators. We emphasize the quality not the quantity of the wilderness and wildlife, the emotional intelligence of the guide to become your friend in a short time, and to have our guests appreciate and join the pace of the wilderness.
We also strive to maintained balance between a prosperous business and sustainable conservation, social entrepreneurship, and community development and all our activities are centered around this.
- Day and Night game drives
- Bush Walks
- Impact Activities
- Swimming Pool time
- Running with a Maasai Warrior
- Local School visit
- Swimming at the Waterfall (seasonal)
- Maasai Warrior School (all ages)
- Traditional canvas bush bath
- Maasai Singing and Dancing
The Cottars’ have developed unique, purpose-driven experiences that contribute to sustainability. Louise Cottar, co-owner, explains: ‘Luxury safaris and the Big 5 game experience have become commonplace. We believe that travellers still value these elements, but that they also want to participate in a more purposeful safari. As such, we have spent the last year developing safari experiences that have a positive impact to the client, to the complex and unique biodiversity that surrounds us and to the local Maasai community as we move forward into the next 100 years of providing safari and conservation services’.
Some of those experiences include engaging and learning about vulture rehabilitation, spending time with the only all-female conservation ranger unit in the Maasai Mara, learning about the unique medicinal plants of the area, foraging and tasting local wild food, touring the community-owned private conservancy and participating in a reforestation seed disbursal bushwalk experience.
ACTIVITIES THAT ENGAGE & POSITIVELY IMPACT
Please note: some of these activities attract additional charges and need to be booked a minimum of 48 hours in advance.
- One hour learning with female conservation rangers
- A conservation helicopter flight with the Mara Elephant Project (MEP) over the
- Conservancy talk
- Medicinal plant walk and talk
- Mara predator project experience
- Carbon footprint, recycle and upcycle talk and experience
- Foraging with Letilet or Mzee Kinyaika and foraged dining experience
- Vulture Rehabilitation and Raptor talk/experience
- Wild dog talk
- Transect/identification of wildlife early morning walk
- Talk on the culture and community of the Maasai people
- Half day with Mara Elephant Project learning
- The Explorers Tent / 4C Centre visit
- History of safari talk
- Reforestation seed dispersal activity
- Professional photography experience
Cottar’s 1920’s Camp has won numerous accolades including ‘Best Tented Camp in the World’ (Tatler Magazine), ‘Top Guides of Africa’ (Conde Nast Traveller), ‘101 Best Hotels’ (Tatler Travel Guide), ‘Best Trip of a Lifetime’ (Fodors), among many others. Cottar’s Bush Villa won Africa’s Leading Luxury Private Villa 2016 ~ World Travel Awards 2016
Cottar’s 1920s Camp and Bush Villa are located in the famous ‘seventh’ natural wonder of the world, the Maasai Mara which has the largest concentration of terrestrial wildlife on earth – the immense wildebeest, zebra and plains game migration that numbers over to 2.5 million animals with some of the highest success rates of big five sightings in the business.
We have the highest number of Gold (the highest professional level) Safari Guides within one camp in Kenya. All of our guides are chosen for their unique skill set, great personalities and a full understanding of the Cottar’s guiding ethos.
The camp is run by the oldest established and continuing safari family in Africa spanning over five generations. The family are in the service of making lifelong memories for our guests and providing the right mix of adventure and adrenaline and comfort.
Cottar’s 1920s Camp and Bush Villa is only one of ten accredited Global Ecosphere Retreats (GER’s) within the world. GER’s directly manage or influence a natural area of significant global conservation value, and, demonstrate their ability and commitment to achieve sustainability through the 4Cs (conservation, community, culture and commerce). We take sustainability seriously. The camp is also rated Gold by the Ecotourism Society of Kenya and has won a Green Globe Award from the World Travel Market.
The Cottar family works in partnership with the Maasai community towards sustainable ecosystem management through conservation. We solely support the 7,000-acre Olderkesi Wildlife Conservancy which supports a critical migratory corridor for wildlife. The camp is situated on Maasai owned land and employs members of the Maasai community and supports numerous initiatives including a school, medical facilities, water supply and ambulance service.
Situated in an untouched and exclusive concession bordering the Serengeti and Maasai Mara National Reserve we are the only camp situated in the 7,000-acre Olderkesi Conservancy. No hot air balloons flying overhead, no minibuses buzzing around, no nearby lodges and no low-flying aircrafts to disturb.
We work hard to provide authentic and respectful cultural experiences and have developed some unique engagements such as ‘The Maasai Warrior School’, cultural visits, Maasai wedding blessings and invitations to certain Maasai ceremonies
Safari under cream canvas tents in the 1920’s style or in the modern Cottar’s Bush Villa with its own 25 metre swimming pool. Our accommodation choices are authentic and luxurious.
Our camp is situated over one kilometre. We have designed the camp so that honeymooners or families can stay and have their own space, experience and fun without necessarily disturbing others. From our family tents, to our honeymoon suite, to our Bush Villa that accommodates 10, to private dining, to children’s menus, we can serve all guests respectfully.