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.

Within Kenya, Cottar’s and their 1920’s Camp keep a very low profile, but globally – this small family-run, purpose-driven company punches way above its weight.

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  • One of only Eleven Global Ecosphere Retreats (GER’s) of The Long Run within the world
  • Located in the Olderkesi Conservancy which borders the famous ‘seventh’ natural wonder of the world, the Maasai Mara.
  • Secures the 7608-acre Olderkesi Conservancy for wildlife use
  • Multi-generation family run with more than 100 years of authentic history of the Cottar family on safari in Africa
  • Highest standards of guiding, it boasts two gold guides and one silver-level guide
  • Community partnership, the Cottar’s Wildlife Conservation Trust leases 7608 acres from the local Maasai community for wildlife use, conserving this land for biodiversity
Nine ensuite cream canvas tents in the 1920s style. Four luxury double tents, three family tents and two honeymoon tents. The family tents have an open plan layout.
All ensuite with hot showers and flush toilets
Both communal and private tables available, in the mess tent or out on the lawn in front, overlooking the savannah
Swimming pool, Spa treatments & Traditional canvas bush bath
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Families, single travellers, small and large groups



  • Game drives
  • Guided walks
  • Maasai warrior school
  • Traditional Canvas Bush Bath
  • Talk on sustainability and conservation
  • Stargazing experience
  • Talk on Maasai culture
  • Talk on the life of a hunter-gatherer
  • Talk on history of African travel
  • Coffee tasting experience
  • Talk on pangolins by Cottars
  • Carbon footprint, recycle and upcycle talk and experience
  • Cottars raptor talk and visit
  • Foraging and medicinal walk
  • Ecological monitoring (pre-arranged one day prior)
  • One hour learning with female conservation rangers (pre-arranged 2 hours prior)
  • Talk on the history of Cottars
  • Reforestation seedball dispersal activity
  • The Explorers Tent educational visit

Activities at an Additional Cost

These activities will need to be pre-arranged

  • Pangolin experience with the Pangolin Project – $780
  • Immersive raptor experience with Kenya Birds of Prey Trust (KBOPT) – $780
  • Mara cheetah educational experience – $780
  • Visit our local Maasai village – $20 per person
  • Elephant research/monitoring experience – $3,500
  • E-Bikes – $100 for half a day, max 3 hours / $190 for full-day, max 6 hours
  • Beading with Mamma Nashiro Batian – 1 strand, 1 hour = $15, 2 strand/or similar, 2 hours = $25, Full day 2 inch bracelet or similar = $50
  • Massage and other spa treatments – starting from $50
  • Balloon flight over the Maasai Mara – $450 pp. PLEASE NOTE and tell your guests: The day begins with an early morning wakeup call at 3.30 am with tea and coffee followed by a 4 am departure to the launch site to enjoy a balloon safari over the Maasai Mara. The drive from camp to the balloon site takes about 1.5 hours
  • Professional photography experience – from $95 and 20% of all proceeds go towards CWCT