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The Budding Conservationist

Conservation, sustainability and family lie at the heart of Cottar’s Safaris; values embodied in their new ‘Budding Conservationist’ programme.

Offering hands-on and engaging activities, Cottar’s Safaris’ Budding Conservationist experiences will inspire, enthral and educate children about the importance of the environment, and the need to help protect the flora and wildlife within it.  

Louise Cottar, co-owner of Cottar’s Safaris comments, “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.”

Do you have a young David Attenborough on your hands? If so, they will love the opportunity to join female conservation rangers on their daily patrolling, de-snaring and wildlife counting or the chance to visit and identify vulture nests.  (In just 30 years, more than half the vulture population of Kenya’s Maasai Mara has been decimated, and 7 out of Africa’s 11 vulture species are on the edge of extinction.) Other activities include walking with an expert hunter-gatherer, participating in reforestation, seed balling and developing a deeper understanding of why conservation and our participation is so important.

A 4-night Budding Conservationist family experience is available from $15,294 (£11,130). Price includes 4 nights full board accommodation for a family of four in a two-bedroom family open-plan tent, park and conservation fees, a half-day vulture rehabilitation experience, a foraging and feasting experience, reforestation seed balling, a conservancy tour, Massai warrior school, stargazing, visit to local school and joining the female conservation rangers. 

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With nine tents in total at our 1920s Camp, three are Family Tented Suites, all with ensuite bathrooms, living rooms with cosy fireplaces and plenty of space and privacy for young families. Between wildlife drives, families can head to the pool for a refreshing dip.  For larger families, Cottar’s Private Bush Villa –  sleeps up to ten guests and has its own private 25-metre swimming pool. It comes with eight dedicated staff with the same exceptional levels of service as the main camp.