Stay Longer

Why risk it and move around on various planes, different hotels and different teams?  Stay privately and stay longer in the Maasai Mara, experience the 1,500 square kilometers of vastness, ecosystems, contrasts and unique Maasai culture, and immerse yourself in the Big 5 safari experiences – all with the same dedicated team (guide, spotter, waiter and room steward) that this safari offers.

This is a full circle safari experience. You stay longer, 7 or 10, 12 or 14 days and choose 3 or 4 different stays including:

  • Under canvas in a private camp within the Maasai Mara Triangle close to the Mara river
  • The award-winning and one of only eleven Global Ecosphere Retreats in the world, Cottar’s 1920s Camp in its own exclusive and private conservancy area in the south-east part of the Masai Mara
  • Cottar’s Conservation Camp – a simple Fly Camp which showcases community and conservation initiatives
  • Under canvas private camp in the ‘Loita Forest of the Lost Child’ which holds spiritual significance for the Maasai people
  • A seamless low-risk safari, organized by Cottars Safari Service with accommodation chosen for its complete privacy. Away from the crowds, yet up close and personal with nature and led by some of the most experienced hand-selected guides in Africa.

Learn about ongoing conservation and community work including a pangolin project, vulture rehabilitation programme, anti-poaching teams and the only female ranger unit in the Maasai Mara.  Connect and understand the Maasai culture and the Forest of the Lost Child. Understand more about the richest concentration of wildlife in Africa and of the greatness and interconnectedness of the Great Rift Valley ecosystems.

Suggested 7-14 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.

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

Private Under Canvas Mobile Camp

Accommodation/Location Conservation, Community, Culture Credentials

Experiences

Note some experiences may be additional to the cost of accommodation

Private mobile luxury camp. Set up just for your safari in two optional locations: Mara National Reserve and the Loita Forest

  • Pays conservation fees to Olderekesi conservancy

  • Big 5 Game Drives

  • Mara River and migration (June-October)

  • Showcases Forest of the Lost Child

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PRIVATE UNDER CANVAS MOBILE CAMP

No safari is complete without some time spent under canvas, in the style of the old explorers. This private mobile-camp allows you to visit some of the most beautiful and remote wilderness areas in Kenya.

Designed from decades of experience, this mobile camp provides the ultimate in exclusivity whilst allowing for an intimate wildlife experience. Each of the traditional canvas tents have en-suite flush toilets and showers and are insect proof. Meals are taken in a central dining tent and are freshly prepared according to your group’s needs. a full crew of exceptional safari staff are there to look after your every need, whether it is preparing a beautifully laid dinner under the stars or a piping hot shower upon return from your afternoon’s adventures. For those who want to be kept active during their time at camp, activities can be arranged; from photographic workshops to learn about wildlife, birdlife and culture, to a fun game of soccer or volleyball with the crew.

Cottar’s 1920’s 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 on an exclusive private concession with a private airstrip

  • Global Ecosphere

  • Highest Standards of guiding conservancy

  • 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.

  • HIGHLIGHTS:
  • 1 of only 11 Global Ecosphere Retreats of The Long Run
  • Award-winning 1920s Camp and private Bush Villa
  • Location: Cottar’s 1920s Camp and Bush Villa are located in the famous ‘seventh’ natural wonder of the world, the Maasai Mara
  • Highest standards of guiding
  • Enjoy a traditional canvas bush bath
  • Experience the life of Letilet the Maasai hunter-gatherer and discover healing plants
  • Multi-generation Family Run
  • Engage in sustainability and conservation activities
  • Global Ecosphere Retreat: Cottar’s 1920s Camp and Bush Villa is only one of 11 accredited Global Ecosphere Retreats (GER’s) within the world.
  • Community Partnership: The Cottar family works in partnership with the Maasai community towards sustainable ecosystem management through conservation – supporting the 7,000-acre Olderkesi Wildlife Conservancy
  • 101 years of authentic history, of the Cottar family on safari in Africa since 1919

Cottar’s Conservation Camp

Accommodation/Location Conservation, Community, Culture Credentials

Experiences

Note some experiences may be additional to the cost of accommodation

Simple fly-camp located on the Olderkesi Conservancy

  • Profits from this camp go back directly into the Olderkesi Conservancy

  • Join conservancy, female rangers and community work. Join conservation and cultural projects

  • Join female conservation rangers at work

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COTTAR’S CONSERVATION CAMP

The Cottar team are proud to introduce the Cottar’s Conservation Camp. This Camp has been designed for those who want to immerse themselves in the local community and culture, and experience the day to day conservation efforts of a working conservancy. The camp is set adjacent to the Maasai Mara game reserve, in a tranquil spot by a trickling stream, under an oasis of tall trees with the dramatic Olentoroto hill as its backdrop.

This experience is ideal for those who want the exhilaration of a night in the bush, who are prepared to sleep in small tents with simple amenities and be actively part of sustainable safari experiences. With just 7 tents, this is an intimate camp that has all the essential elements for a memorable safari experience. Each tent has its own private bathroom in a cubicle located behind the tent with a wash basin, hot safari-shower and long drop toilet. An experienced safari cook is at the camp to prepare the daily meals, served in a beautiful large mess tent. Guests can also relax in the dedicated Zen Tent.

The camp is hosted by the manager and a support crew to look after all of the guests’ needs.

Profits generated from safaris undertaken from this camp will go to the Cottar’s Wildlife Conservation Trust to support conservation and community projects in this critical wildlife corridor area of the Maasai Mara.

Get back to being at one with nature within a more simple, but ample tented fly camp. Taking adventure back to its roots, this camp is an enclave of relaxation and rustic safari simplicity. By night, enjoy fireside meals on camp chairs under the stars and during the day there are plenty of quiet spots to be still and enjoy the sights and sounds of the African wilderness.

Relish in the striped-back simplicity that is the beauty of this sustainable safari experience. Revel in the active participation of engaging with your surroundings, and cultivate a fuller appreciation of the myriad intricacies that make up the magic of the bush.

Immeasurably enhance the richness of your experience in the Masai Mara by indulging in some of the activities the Conservation Camp has on offer:

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Profits generated from safaris undertaken from this camp will go to the Cottar’s Wildlife Conservation Trust
  • Day and night game drives
  • Life of a hunter-gatherer tour
  • A conservation lunch or dinner hosted by the Conservation Managers
  • Visit the local primary school
  • Seedball dispersal with the conservation club
  • Visit the local Maasai village
  • Visit the Rangers HQ – spend some time with our conservation rangers learning about their day to day responsibilities, and enjoy an afternoon volleyball match
  • Sundowners in the conservancy
  • Hike (2-3 hours, 360 views over the Masai Mara and Olderkesi Conservancy) over the hill to the 1920s Camp for lunch or drinks
  • Morning/afternoon run with a Maasai Warrior