Calvin has been guiding in the African bush since he was fifteen years old, whether it be in vehicle or on foot. Travelling around the Maasai Mara with him is as similar as walking through a childhood home and pointing out locations that hold never ending stories and memories. He has been voted on several separate occasions as the Best Guide in Africa and has been interviewed by countless international reporters, travel writers, published authors, and conservation enthusiasts.
Doug (or Delta November) holds the KPSGA Gold Level Guiding Award and has endeavoured numerous research projects on ethno-botany and ethnography in the Northern Regions of Kenya. Doug underwent gun-handling with the British Army in Nanyuki, and is certified in Astronomy after studying under a visiting Oxford professor. In his free time you will find Doug giving lectures about the medicinal uses of plants at Nairobi’s National Museum. Additional to guiding, Doug is the Conservation, Culture and Community Manager at Cottar’s 1920s Camp and Bush Villa.
Enock is 29 years old and married to Nariku with two children a boy aged 2 and a 1 year old daughter. He hails from Nkoilele in Siani of Masai Mara County, where he grew up and went to school. He went to Kenya Utalli College for the 2 year internationally accredited Tour Guiding Course from 2007 to 2009, during which time he also undertook a course in Spanish Language. He successfully graduating in 2009 with a Diploma in Guiding and a Proficiency Certificate in Spanish. After graduation from Kenya Utalii College, he has since worked at Siana Springs as a Masaai Cultural Lecturer, while undertaking further field-training in Guiding leading to his being awarded a Kenya Professional Safari Guide Association Silver-Level Certificate. He joined Cottar’s as a guide in 2012 and has since secured his place as a valued member of our guiding team. Enock is currently undertaking studies for the PSGA Gold-level certificate and expects to sit exams, and pass, in November of this year. He is a fan of Manchester United and plays local football for relaxation. He is also involved in the community work on a voluntary basis in the Siana Location, on issues of Wildlife Conservation and the Environment. He also offers himself as a Primary School Teacher in Siana during his off-days.
Mako is the youngest of our Cottar’s guides. Whilst born in the Maasai Mara, Josphat (nickname ‘Mako’) was schooled in Nairobi and joined Cottar’s Camp initially as a trainee mechanic, then learned how to drive, became a spotter and studied to become a guide whilst at camp. Mako is now a very proud KPSGA Bronze level guide and is extremely knowledgeable of the Maasai Mara and it’s people. Always happy to chat and ready with a good story, Mako makes everyone feel at home on safari.
Letura was born and raised in the Maasai Mara, not far from Cottar’s 1920’s Camp . Letura sarted with Cottar’s as a tracker/spotter and was both determined and had the talent to become a guide. Supported for one year by the camp to take a paid year of study, he completed his tourism, tours and hosting diploma in 2013. Letura is now sitting for his Kenya Professional Safari Guide qualification. He has a great sense of humor and gets along well with all groups of people, with a fun approach to guiding and a superb wealth of local and cultural knowledge.
Joseph Ole Mpoe – Silver Level Guide
The best type of guide, so excited by what his home has to offer that he can’t wait to share it with anyone and everyone. “I have always loved what I do, and I always say that it’s the best office to wake up to. Our environment never ceases to amaze me, no day is ever the same and I hope to do this for a very long time.”
Wilson Tumake Mpatiani – Bronze Level Guide
Strike a pose! A true performer – he leads our Maasai talks at camp and did a lot of modelling for the famous Anthony Russell (ask him to show you the fabulous photos). Our newest guide, he’s worked his way up with an astonishing amount of energy and merriment that you’ll soon be swept up in it.
He’s great with kids (probably all the boundless energy) and loves everything conservation – a great all-round guide.
Letilet – Naturalist – Il Torobo / Ndorobo hunter-gatherer
Hunter-gatherer, Letilet Ole Yenko, whose mother was a Maasai, is an Il Torobo, or Ndorobo as they are sometimes called (a man without cattle). Letilet is a local medicine man who has had a book (‘Letilet’s Tales) and a documentary made about him (‘Life of an il Torobo Hunter-Gatherer’ – 8 million Youtube followers). Whilst he speaks no English, your guide can accompany you for a walk with Letilet where he can showcase some of the three hundred plants in the vicinity and what their ancient and modern uses are – be it for ailments or poison or to enhance sexual performance!
Kinyaika – Naturalist
Kinyaika is of the Wakamba tribe, born in the Ithumba area next to Tsavo East National Park. He grew up in a subsistence hunting family due to the harsh area not suitable for farming or livestock. He was a master hunter with bow and arrow by the time he was 17 and was arrested by the National Park wardens and put in jail for poaching in the early and mid-1960s. Many of his jailed tribesmen started to die, as being cooped up after a lifetime of freedom and wilderness drove them to depression and suicide. The authorities decided to find them work in their area of expertise and Kinyaika was allocated to Calvins’ father Glen Cottar as a tracker. He worked in the safari photographic industry on and off with Glen, then joined Calvin in wildlife management and he proved more than excellent. Kinyaika joined Cottar’s 1920s Camp in 1998 and is currently our primary bushwalking escort, as well as heading the Maasai Warrior School activities.