July has flown by, with fantastic sightings left and right, and the magical, exciting build-up of The Great Migration.
We’re now in the thick of the migration madness and it’s all systems go on the ground, as we embrace the energy of peak season here in the Mara. Our 1920s Camp and private Bush Villa guests are enthralled in the wildebeest action currently unfolding, and there is a real buzz about the place! We have a few pockets of availability for some last-minute bookings. We’d hate for you to miss out on one of The Greatest Shows on Earth.
Last-minute availability this August & September to experience The Great Migration
- 18th & 19th – 2 Family Tents
- 22nd & 23rd – 2 Family Tents
- 29th to 31st – 2 Family Tents + 2 Double Tents
- 3rd to 7th – 2 Family Tents
- 4th to 6th – 1 Double Tent
- 9th to 12th – Cottar’s Bush Villa
- 10th to 29th – 2 Family Tents
A sense of wellbeing
The slow but adventurous rhythm of safari life, whether on or off the vehicle, facilitates a deep engagement with the awe-inspiring, vast wilderness of the Maasai Mara. Sharpening the senses and reawakening our need to reconnect with nature and benefit from slowing down, reconsidering, and appreciating the small beautiful things around us.
TIA after all.
For a quieter but no less adventurous and awe-inspiring safari, we would recommend visiting on our ‘Green Season’ months – October, November & early December or January through to May. Please contact us for availability and more information.
A safari pamper session
After an active day, adding an indulgent or therapeutic treatment to your safari is a wonderful way to bring body, mind and spirit into balance.
Our skilled spa therapists are here to work their magic with reviving face and body treatments in our serene and relaxing spa tent. And our traditional outdoor canvas bush baths are known to melt the stress off even the most tense shoulders. As A Luxury Travel Blog explains ‘Your wellness safari in Africa‘ starts here.
Engage and reconnect – “unforgettable, magical, transformative experiences” one guest said
We have launched a new hands-on conservation experience for families, that helps to protect our local wildlife.
“As a family-run business, it was important for us to develop a safari experience for families which is not only enjoyable for children but also provides values, purpose and impact. We want families to travel more consciously and we hope that these new experiences will have long-lasting effects not only on our guests but ultimately on the complex and unique biodiversity that surrounds Cottar’s Safaris.” – Louise Cottar
The four-night experience starts at $15,294 (£11,130), based on a family of four sharing an open-plan family tent on a full-board basis.
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Spend a few intriguing hours foraging in the surrounding bush and savannah with our local hunter-gatherer Letilet and let him take you into his world of wonder, listen and learn from him about multiple facets of El Dorobo and Maasai traditions and everyday life, as you collect edible plants for a delicious meal later at camp.
When it comes to choosing what makes it onto the menu, we relish the opportunity to make choices that feed an ecosystem of positivity, where people, nature and wilderness thrive.
Learn western and African interpretations of the African night sky, and understand how the same view can elicit such illuminating and culturally different stories. The night skies of Kenya are phenomenal. Learn from our in-house astronomer, and gold-level guide Doug, on stars seen from the African equator.
A healthy foundation
We celebrated World Nature Conservation Day on the 28 July, to recognise that a healthy environment is a foundation for a stable and productive society and for future generations. We must protect, conserve and sustainably manage our natural resources. In honour of this, we would like to highlight Hellen and Everlyn and their recent achievement and critical work for Cottar’s Wildlife Conservation Trust (CWCT).
Two female rangers from CWCT, Hellen and Everlyn, spent the last three months completing an intensive training program at Kenya Wildlife Service’s prestigious Manyani Law Enforcement Academy. Hellen and Everlyn are the first female rangers to undergo this training and we’re excited to see how they use their new knowledge and skills not only to make strides in their own leadership positions but also to benefit their ranger teams as a whole.
The training “wasn’t easy, but we managed it!” said Hellen, continuing to note, “It is true to say that what a man can do a woman can do better, because some men dropped out of training, but all the ladies remained until the end.”
How to protect nature when traveling – Wanderlust
When it comes to green travel, impact matters more than words – The Washington Post
We are delighted to have been nominated in The World Travel Awards 2022, in the following categories
Africa’s Leading Luxury Private Villa 2022: Cottar’s Bush Villa, Kenya
Kenya’s Leading Luxury Private Villa 2022: Cottar’s Bush Villa
Kenya’s Leading Tented Safari Camp 2022: Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp
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