Cottars Experiences

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 & Night Game Drives
  • Guided Bush Walks
  • Bush Meals
  • Sundowners
  • Cultural Visits to local Masai Village
  • Swimming pool
  • Waterfall Swimming & Fishing (Seasonal)
  • Massage and Spa treatments
  • Dapper Flapper Shop
  • Masai Warrior School
  • Running with a Masai Warrior
  • Canvas Bush Bath (only available at the 1920s Camp)
  • Balloon Flight over the Masai Mara


Award Winning Camp

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

Location, Location, Location

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.

Highest Standards of Guiding

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.

Multi-Generational Family Run

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.

Global Ecosphere Retreat

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.

Community Partnership

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.

The Maasai Experience

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.

Something for Everyone

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.

Cottar’s Safari Packages

Art in the Mara with Sophie WalBeoffe Download Itinerary PDF
The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille & Cottar’s 1920s Camp Download Itinerary PDF
2020 The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille & Cottar’s 1920’s Camp Download Itinerary PDF
A long weekend away on safari in the Masai Mara Download Itinerary PDF
A sustainable safari Download Itinerary PDF
Family magic in the Mara Download Itinerary PDF
Cottar’s Bush Villa & Alfajiri Villas 2019 Offer Download Itinerary PDF
Cottar’s Bush Villa & Alfajiri Villas 2020 Offer Download Itinerary PDF
Mana to Mara – Across Africa Flying Safari 2020 Download Itinerary PDF