Global Ecosphere Retreats

“Travel is a luxury – but it is also an investment in the wider world, in communities and ecosystems, outside our own.”
– Steven Overman, Author of The Conscience Economy

Global Ecosphere Retreats (GER) are recognized by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, and are centres of excellence in sustainability. There are only Long Run 11 Global Ecospheres in the World and this safari visits 3 of them in Kenya, South Africa and Namibia that have unique and contrasting ecosystems and sustainability visions.

GERs own, directly manage or significantly influence the management of a natural area of conservation value demonstrates their commitment as a global leader in sustainable tourism and the extensive positive impacts their business has on biodiversity and the well being of people through pursuing the holistic balance in Conservation, Community, Culture and Commerce (4Cs).

If you want to be supporting genuine sustainability whilst on holiday, choose properties and destinations that are part of the Long Run.

Suggested 12-14 Day Safari. Cottars personally curate the final itinerary in line with guest preferences. Please contact us so that we can support and develop your personalized safari experience.

This safari includes:

  • Cottar’s 1920s Camp in the Maasai Mara, Kenya, renowned for being the Big 5 Safari (Elephant, Rhino, Lion, Buffalo and Leopard) destination. The Maasai Mara is one of the world’s premier wildlife destinations and has the largest concentrations of animals in the continent with some 100 animals, over 500 species of birds, spread across 1,510km2. Cottars manage the only secluded community conservancy in the Mara and work directly to support communities, culture and conservation.
  • Grootbos Nature Reserve in Walker Bay, South African is renowned for seeing the Marine Big 5 (whales, dolphins, seals, penguins and great white sharks) and the fynbos – one of the richest concentrations of flora in the world. This award-winning 6,170-acre reserve is home to more than 790 plant species, including the endangered Overberg sandstone fynbos and ancient milkwood forests.
  • Wolwedans – located in the otherworldly landscape of the NamibRand Nature Reserve in southwestern Namibia has 400,000 acres of undisturbed nature. The core objective of Wolwedans has always been to safeguard and restore the Pro-Namib ecosystem. 

We recommend at least 4 nights in each location. The itinerary below is a draft itinerary. CSS can assist in all accommodation, transfer and flight arrangements and add-ons – such as a night in Cape Town or a whale-watching trip.

Why Book with Cottar’s Safari Service?

  • 101 years of experience
  • Personalized curated safaris
  • 20% of net profits are invested in not for profit initiatives that support the Maasai Mara ecosystem, critical wildlife corridors and Maasai communities
  • Locations and accommodation chosen because of their conservation, community and
    culture credentials

Cottar’s 1920s Camp

Accommodation/Location Conservation, Community, Culture Credentials

Experiences

Note some experiences may be additional to the cost of accommodation
Award-winning Luxury Camp and Private Bush Villa. South-East Maasai Mara, Kenya on an exclusive private concession with a private airstrip
  • Global Ecosphere Highest
  • Standards of guiding
  • Community-owned conservancy Highest number of Gold Guides at one property in East Africa
  • Game drives and walks
  • Sustainability Tour
  • Maasai Warrior School Life of a hunter-gatherer
  • Bush Baths Spa & Pool E-Bikes

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COTTAR’S 1920S CAMP

Vintage luxury at its best, the award-winning Cottar’s 1920s Camp has its own 7608 acre private conservancy and is situated one kilometre from the famous ‘seventh’ natural wonder of the world, the Masai Mara in Kenya and the Tanzania Serengeti game reserve. Owned and managed by the oldest established and continuing safari family in Africa it extends an era of luxury and quality and returns to the original spirit and essence of ‘safari’.

The Cottar family have been providing safaris for 101 years and focus on  providing an authentic and individualized safari experience and supporting an ongoing legacy of wilderness, wildlife, comfort and security and honouring a balance between conservation, prosperous commerce, community and culture.

The 1920s Camp provides the romance of safari under cream canvas tents, the style of the bygone era of the twenties, while at the same time supplying the amenities required by today’s modern world travellers and professional guides whose qualifications are some of the highest in Africa.

The camp has nine tents in total (one unique honeymoon tent, four double tents and four family suites), all with en suite bathrooms. The family tents have living rooms with fireplaces. The entire camp is situated to ensure that tents are private and quiet whether for honeymooners or families with young children.

The camp has two main mess tent areas for fine dining, drinking, reading and relaxing, and an amazing pool and spa where guests can relax after a game drive. Guests can also enjoy a safari bath or safari shower, a genuinely unique way of bathing specifically set up in the savannah. The location of the camp provides easy access for day and night game drives to the Masai Mara game reserve and the conservancy, game walks, and cultural interactions with the Maasai community.

Grootbos

Accommodation/Location Conservation, Community, Culture Credentials

Experiences

Note some experiences may be additional to the cost of accommodation

Various accommodation choices

The southernmost tip of South Africa. Two hours drive from Cape Town

  • Global Ecosphere

  • National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World

  • 800 plant species of which 100 are endangered

  • Research into ecological, educational and social issues

  • See the marine big 5

  • Botanical and wildlife tours

  • Bird watching

  • Horse Riding

  • Shark cage diving

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GROOTBOS VILLA

A luxury eco-reserve close to the Southern tip of Africa tucked between mountains, forest and sea. A Melting Pot of Biodiversity, Culture and Natural Wonder.

At Grootbos, they go beyond simply conserving this pristine wilderness they call home. They are constantly researching, innovating and pioneering new ways of doing things – in order to transform the lives of community members as well as preserve 2500 hectares of botanical and wildlife treasures.

All of their accommodation has been designed to reflect the exquisite natural setting of the Grootbos Nature Reserve, while never compromising on style or luxury. Their two private villas are the last word in secluded luxury, offering unforgettable experiences to their discerning guests. With intuitive service provided by your own private chef, butler and nature guides, your every need will be met in a home-away-from-home environment of unsurpassed quality.

Wolwedans

Accommodation/Location Conservation, Community, Culture Credentials

Experiences

Note some experiences may be additional to the cost of accommodation

Various accommodation choices.

NamibRand Nature Reserve in southern Namibia

  • Global Ecosphere
  • Green Flowers Environmental award
  • Safeguard and restore the
    Pro-Namib ecosystem
  • Designed to minimize environmental impact, using sustainable technologies
  • Game drives
  • Game Walks
  • Village visit
  • Spa
  • Horse riding

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WOLWEDANS

Wolwedans is more than a collection of camps. Its’ a collection of dreams. Its ethos lies in setting an example in sustainability and continually fulfilling its commitment to the conservation of the NamibRand Nature Reserve.

They strive to set an example in conservation-centred, sustainable tourism. All camps at Wolwedans are designed to minimize environmental impact, exploring innovative building techniques and utilizing sustainable technologies. A proud member of The Long Run, Wolwedans is also the first ever recipient of the Green Flowers Environmental award 2018, provided by the Eco Awards of Namibia.

Their collection of camps nestles into the dunes and is set against a backdrop of diverse and breathtaking desert scenery. Located in the heart of NamibRand Nature Reserve in southern Namibia, the portfolio of timeless and elegant safari camps provides the perfect base from which to embark on exciting and interpretative safari activities or simply relax and enjoy the grandeur of the pro-Namib landscape.

Biodiversity is life for them and they operate in pristine natural environments, striving to safeguard the integrity of the Pro-Namib ecosystem as part of their global ecosphere and ensure that its health and productivity is managed in an ecologically sustainable manner.

People matter, they have the development of Namibia and the wellbeing of its people at heart. At Wolwedans they prioritize human resource development, social upliftment, sharing economic opportunities and the encouragement of others to build a better future. The Wolwedans Foundation promotes this goal through offering vocational training via The Namibian Institute of Culinary Education (nice) and The Wolwedans Desert Academy.