We thoroughly recommend Cottar’s to anyone seriously interested in Africa, safari and nature

Alberto D 39 yrs, Geneva, Read 11 reviews »

Olderikesi, Maasai Mara, Kenya

Cottar's 1920 Safari Camp

  • An unparalleled safari experience to discerning clients in Africa
  • One of the only small luxury properties in the region with a swimming pool
  • Set in the hills of a private reserve adjoining the Maasai Mara

Facilities include

Swimming pool Massage and spa treatments Shop

Activities include

  • Game Drives
  • Night Drives
  • River Fishing
  • River Swimming
  • Cultural Visits
  • Guided Bush Walks
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About Cottar's 1920 Safari Camp

The Cottar Safari tradition began in 1919. Almost 100 years on, they continue to provide an unparalleled safari experience to discerning clients in Africa. Extending an era of luxury and quality, they return to the original spirit and essence of ‘safari’, reminiscent of a golden era ~ an era of romance, professional guiding, adventure and elegance. Situated in an untouched exclusive concession bordering the Serengeti, Maasai Mara and Loliondo reserves, the camp and the area guarantee privacy and an abundance of wildlife. The camp accommodates up to 28 guests in authentic white canvas luxury tents. The camp spreads over 1 kilometre and has 2 mess tents, so guests are assured a spacious yet intimate environment. The tents include private en-suite dressing rooms and bathrooms, main bedrooms and verandas, with family tents also having a living room with a fireplace.

Cottar’s Private Homestead ~ For those that want absolute privacy combined with dedicated and discrete staff, award winning guides, and an abundance of wildlife, this Mara homestead offers the only real private luxury home in the Maasai Mara. The contemporary African style house can be rented only on an exclusive basis and comes with a dedicated staff of 8. The house has a large living room, a dining room, a magnificent viewing deck and 5 en-suite bedrooms, all with stunning views, Game vehicles and a dedicated guide are provided to guests throughout their stay.

A 25m swimming pool has been added 1920s Mara Homestead, making this Private House an ideal getaway for families.

Cottar's 1920s Safari camp achieved a gold eco-rating from eco tourism Kenya July 2014

Practical info

Practical info

Location

it is on the Olderikesi group ranch, adjoining the Masai Mara National Reserve and the Serengeti National Park. The location is a critical dispersal area and wildlife corridor. Cottar’s have a charitable trust called the Cottar’s Wildlife Conservation Trust (CWCT). CWCT are working towards a sustainable conservancy for the area, in partnership with the Maasai community. Such a conservancy would manage the land on behalf of the community and pay market rates for the land to the community. Management of the conservancy will protect the critical wildlife corridor and its species, mitigate the challenge of overgrazing by wildlife and invest in human development initiatives. CWCT invest in key social public goods such as schooling, water supply and medical support. Cottar’s promote women’s handiwork for sale to visitors. CWCT operate a repeater VHF station and 5 radios for community scouts for liaison on ambulance and medical needs, security issues and wildlife poaching. More than 40% of the staff are employed from the local community. Cottar’s were the leaders in a successful bid to stop a major lodge development in the Mara National Reserve that would permanently have damaged the last wilderness area in the Reserve. Revenue for the rental of land goes directly to the Maasai landowners. Cottar’s supports a Forest Protection Program ~ arresting illegal woodcutters of cedar trees on hills behind camp and planting of indigenous trees. Cottar’s are a Long Run Alliance Member of the Zeitz Foundation, working towards Global Ecosphere certification.

How to get there

We will assist you with all necessary internal transfers after booking.

BY AIR:
Keekorok airstrip is a 1.5 hour drive from camp ~ $220 per vehicle per transfer (maximum of 4 people per vehicle)
Cottar's private airstrip is a 10-minute drive from camp

AIRLINES:
Private charters can land at Cottar's private airstrip
Fly 540 and East African Safari Express airlines can fly to Cottar's private airstrip

FROM NAIROBI WILSON:
Fly 540 and East African Safari Express airlines - twice daily scheduled Fly 540 flight to Cottar’s airstrip departing Wilson at 10AM and 3PM
Air Kenya flies to Keekorok airstrip - three times daily in high season and twice daily in low season (departing at 9.15AM, 12.15PM and 3.15PM)
Safarilink flies to Keekorok airstrip (departing at 10.00AM and 3.00PM)

NB. All prices and times are subject to change.

When to go

Cottar's 1920s Safari Camp and Private House are open all year round. making it the perfect masai mara holiday location

Important Information

Rooms have 240 V electricity when the generator is on.

Guests can recharge their camera batteries in the house, cars and the manager’s office.

Guests are recommended to bring converters & universal plug adapters.

As Cottar’s 1920’s Camp is situated in a location higher than 4000ft altitude, it is considered malaria free.

Internet: Guests can access the internet in the gift shop, and wireless internet access is also available around the main mess tent.

Mobile phones: There is no phone signal until 1km out of camp. A landline phone is available at charge in the office.

The camp has a daily set menu. Please advise on dietary requirements prior to arrival.

Children

Travelling with children

Children of all ages are welcome.
Children between the ages of 0 - 5 yrs are free of charge; a child in his / her own room will be charged a single room rate.
Children sharing between the ages of 6-17 years pay 75% of the adult sharing rate.
Children in a third bed between the ages of 6-17 years pay 50% of the adult sharing rate.
In the family tent all additional children are charged the per child sharing rate (max 6 pax)

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