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  • Location: Kenya, Masai Mara
  • Type of Accommodation: Tented Camp
  • Comfort Level: Luxury

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Situated in a private concession on the Masai Mara – and bordering the Serengeti and Loliondo reserves – Cottar’s 1920s Camp is a traditional tented safari camp reminiscent of scenes from Out of Africa or the pages of Hemingway’s safari diary. In authentic colonial style, the camp is furnished with decorative pieces – ostrich eggs, typewriters, dusty photo albums, and steel and brass antiques – which transport you back in time to a golden era when safaris were characterised by uninhibited adventure and romance. While it is the intention of your convivial hosts at Cottar’s to take you back to an age long-past, there is nothing antiquated about its personalised and intuitive service. A butler is always at your service, making you feel comfortably ‘at home’ and wanting for nothing.

Under the shade of a cluster of acacia trees with expansive views across the Mara plains, this classic camp accommodates 28 guests in authentic white canvas en suite tents. Professionally guided 4x4 game drives and walking safaris with expert guides is Cottar’s hallmark and the camp’s position within close proximity of the Serengeti means that you are ideally placed to witness the spectacular wildebeest Migration between May and October. Year-round game viewing on this Big 5 reserve is consistent with high concentrations of predators such as lion, leopard and cheetah inhabiting the reserve. Seen in impressive numbers during the Great Migration are zebra and wildebeest, which traverse the plains in their thousands looking for fresh grazing lands.

Cottar’s private concession guarantees the discerning safari-enthusiast the utmost privacy – no hot-air balloons, minibuses, lodges nearby or low-flying aircraft disturb your special moments. Off-road game driving, night drives and walking safaris further set Cottar’s apart and ensure a phenomenal Kenyan wilderness experience for guests. For a truly novel experience, the camp also offers game drives in an authentic wood-panelled car much like early generations of the Cottar family used on the reserve in the 1920s.

Recent accolades & press

  •  Ecotourism Kenya - Silver Eco-Rating 2013/2014
  •  Good Safari Guide Awards - Best Safari Guide Team, Best Ecological Property, Best Community Property 2012
  •  Good Safari Guide Awards - Finalist Best Safari Guiding Team 2009, 2011
  •  Good Safari Guide Awards - Finalist Best Safari Property in East Africa 2009, 2010
  •  Tatler Travel Guide - 101 Best Hotels 2007
  •  Ecotourism Kenya - Gold Eco-Rating 2014

highlights

  • Traditional tented safari reminiscent of the 1920s
  • Witness the Great Migration in season
  • Private concession ensures privacy & exclusivity 
  • Personal butler ensures intuitive service 
  • Walking safaris to track smaller game
  • Game drives in vintage wood-panelled 1920’s car
  • Fishing in the Mara River
  • Wi-Fi & beauty therapist for in-suite treatments

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Facilities

The camp features two mess tents comprising an assortment of areas for dining, reading and relaxing. The crystal-clear swimming pool is a serene place to cool off in the heat of the day and an on-site beauty therapist offers an extensive range of treatments in the comfort of your spacious tent.

Aside from twice-daily 4x4 game drives and walking safaris (on request) guided fishing trips are offered on the Mara River and the chef will happily prepare your catch for dinner. Guests can enjoy an enriching cultural experience on a visit to a nearby Maasai village.

An armed Maasai warrior guards the camp each night and is always present to escort guests around the camp, a service that is compulsory after dark). Wi-Fi is available in communal areas of the camp.

General Facilities

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    Laundry service
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    Swimming Pool
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    Beauty or wellness therapist

Dining

The team of chefs serve up sumptuous cuisine in the camp’s elegant tented dining area and, for something truly memorable, a romantic silver-service bush dinners can be arranged.

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The 10 luxurious tents are spaced to ensure privacy and discretion, making the setup convenient for honeymooners or families with young children. Aligned with the 1920s theme of the camp, the white canvas tents incorporate fabrics, antiques and artefacts of this golden era. Each tent is equipped with an en suite bathroom (shower and flush toilet) and a separate dressing room. The tents are adjoined by furnished verandahs that afford you stunning views across the Mara plains.

Family tents feature two bedrooms as well as a living room with a cosy fireplace.



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Activities

  • Animal tracking experience
  • Birding
  • Game drives
  • Guided walks
  • Night drives
  • Specialist guides
  • Cultural tour
  • Fishing
 

Traveller Reviews

  • Cottars was fantastic. You felt totally immersed in the high class safari experience here. The tents were awesome, food great and again the guides went above any expectation you could have. Their itinerary for clients was a perfect fit. We saw more wildlife than imaginable!!! Again everyone went out of their way to make us feel more than welcome.

    Terri & Brian Evans, April 2012
  • Cottars was absolutely perfect for seeing lots of animals. We saw a lion within minutes of landing! All of the staff were very friendly and welcoming. It did seem like they were a bit understaffed, though, and communication between staff members wasn't nearly as effective as the other lodges we had been to. Also, it seemed like we had to be really proactive if we wanted to do anything other than the normal game drives. Angelina Jolie was there the week before us, so I'm guessing everyone was worn out from being on their toes that week! :)

    Graham Manley, October 2009

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Maureen Stover

Maureen Stover

Africa Safari Expert

"This camp is the real authentic Hemmingway safari experience! It feels like you have stepped back in time. Private and exclusive with amazing game activities."

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Cottars was fantastic. You felt totally immersed in the high class safari experience here. The tents were awesome, food great and again the guides went above any expectation you could have. Their itinerary for clients was a perfect fit. We saw more wildlife than imaginable!!! Again everyone went out of their way to make us feel more than welcome.

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