Classic Africa Safaris

This safari is designed to present up to 4 countries in Africa – Kenya, Rwanda, Zambia and South Africa. The properties have been hand selected from Classic Safari Camps of Africa members and include Cottar’s 1920s Camp, Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, Tongabezi and Cheetah Plains.

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.

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


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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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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 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. Offering an abundance of wildlife, a guarantee of privacy, and the highest standards of professional guiding in a luxurious and authentic safari environment.

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.

Sabinyo Silverback Lodge

Accommodation/Location Conservation, Community, Culture Credentials


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Community-owned lodge near Volcano National Park, Rwanda

  • Rwanda’s first community-owned lodge
  • See and support some of the last remaining gorillas
  • Gorilla treking
  • Spa treatments

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Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is Rwanda’s first ever community owned lodge. The lodge was built and is operated by Governors’ Camp Collection, but the ownership rests with a Community Trust, SACOLA (Sabyinyo Community Livelihood Association) which uses rentals and community fees from the lodge to drive socio-economic and conservation initiatives in the communities adjacent to the National Park.

The lodge is located close to the headquarters of Volcanoes National Park from where clients trek on foot to see the gorillas. Situated in the foothills of the mighty Virungas, the chain of 15,000 ft volcanoes stretching through Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sabyinyo offers wonderful views of the volcanoes and the surrounding countryside. Guest cottages and the main lodge building have been beautifully constructed – the perfect base from which to explore this unique and fascinating corner of Africa.

Accommodation at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge comprises six cottages, two suites, one family cottage. All are stone buildings with Rwandese terracotta tile roofs, and feature large sitting areas, fireplaces, stylish en-suite bathrooms finished with Venetian plaster a dressing room and a sheltered veranda. Heat exchangers in the fireplaces provide a plentiful supply of hot water. The family cottage comprises two independent ensuite rooms connected by a shared verandah. The main lodge building comprises reception, sitting room with snug area, dining room, library / games room, a responsible tourism / community awareness room, shop and bathrooms. Three large fireplaces provide warmth and all rooms are finished with a polished wooden floor. Two patio areas afford wonderful and dramatic views to the Virunga Volcanoes and the surrounding lowland farmland.


Accommodation/Location Conservation, Community, Culture Credentials


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Various accommodation choices located on the Zambezi river, Zambia

  • Significant support to a local school

  • HIV awareness campaigns

  • Efforts to go green

  • Experience the majestic Victoria Falls
  • Exclusive luxury with unbeatable views of the Zambezi River
  • Understated but refined with a strong sense of the exciting spirit of Africa
  • Fishing
  • Island/Gorge picnics
  • Sampan dinners on the Zambezi
  • Mountain biking

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A romantic hideaway on the banks of the Zambezi River, upstream of the majestic victoria falls.  Their friendly team welcomes guests to a selection of houses and cottages, each beautifully styled with furniture and embellishments from all over Africa. Guests set their own pace and itinerary. A range of dining locations all features exquisite views of the Zambezi. Privately owned and run, Tongabezi combines an exclusive ambience with the legendary warmth and hospitality of the people of Zambia.

The lodge consists of six private houses and five river cottages nestle on the banks of the Zambezi River, accommodating two to five guests each. Enjoy luxury, romance and a range of activities whilst being spoiled by a private valet.

Cheetah plains

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Bush villas located in the Sabi Sabi private game reserve in South Africa

  • Low Carbon footprint with the use of extensive solar power

  • Support to local community school

  • Ideal luxury family lodge
  • Extremely good food and fantastic service
  • Daily bush walks in Kruger National Park
  • Game drives include sunrise/sunset stop and stargazing Sightings of the Big Five and many other animals
  • Outdoor, fireside dining as often as possible

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The newly rebuilt 5-star Cheetah Plains is an exclusive ultra-modern setting, blending seamlessly into the natural backdrop of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve.

Cheetah Plains provides a 5-star luxury safari experience like no other.  Dreamier and more opulent than one could ever imagine a safari to be, one visit to Cheetah Plains just won’t be enough. Featuring 3 exclusive-use, contemporary bush homes for 4 – 8 guests, each luxury retreat boasts state of the art features and luxury elements for discerned guests to indulge in.

Offering personalized game-viewing, each home is accompanied with a private game viewing vehicle & designated field guide for the duration of your stay.  Two daily game drives offer the opportunity to be awed by Africa’s Big Five at the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, adjacent to the Kruger National Park. Fittingly, the 3 luxury homes are named after 2 of Sabi Sand’s legendary leopards, and a dominant lion coalition: “Mvula”, “Karula” and “Mapogo”.

Cheetah plains offers a truly exceptional luxury safari experience from the innovative architectural design to culinary details with private chef catering.  This is an immersion into the heart of the African bush that will be etched in each guest’s memory forever.