A contemporary, elegant private villa, the only real luxury exclusive villa in the Maasai Mara. Cottar’s Bush Villa won the World Travel Award for Africa’s Leading Luxury Private Villa 2016 and is Global Eco-sphere Retreat accredited. The award-winning villa borders the latest addition to the ‘7 Wonders of the World’, the Masai Mara and Serengeti game reserves. The Bush Villa provides a luxury private stay option for 10 guests and comes complete with its own private 25-meter swimming pool. Offering an abundance of wildlife, a guarantee of privacy, and the highest standards of professional guiding in a luxurious and elegant safari environment.

The villa was designed by Louise Cottar and built by hand using indigenous and eco-friendly materials. The villa is managed within the same area as Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp, and guests can enjoy the same levels of service and standard for which the camp is known. For those that want absolute privacy in the Masai Mara, combined with dedicated and discrete staff, award-winning guides, and an abundance of wildlife, Cottar’s Bush Villa offers the only real private luxury home in the Masai Mara.

Winner of Africa’s Leading Luxury Private Villa at the World Travel Awards

  • 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
Five ensuite rooms in a contemporary style. Four luxury double rooms, and one twin. Extra beds can be added.
All ensuite with hot showers and flush toilets
There is a large dining area in the first floor front room with wonderful views onto the Maasai Mara plains
Swimming pool & Spa treatments
Caters To
Families and small groups



  • Game drives
  • Guided walks
  • Maasai warrior school
  • Talk on sustainability and conservation
  • Stargazing experience
  • Talk on Maasai culture
  • Talk about the life of a hunter-gatherer
  • Talk on the 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 3.30am with tea and coffee followed by a 4am departure to the launch site to enjoy balloon safari over the Maasai Mara. The drive from camp to the balloon site takes about 1.5 hours
  • Professional photography experience – from $95 an