Cottar's 1920's Safari Camp



Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp is one of the best safari camp sites in the world. Cottars Camp is on the Olderikesi group ranch, adjoining the Maasai Mara National Reserve and the Serengeti National Park. Cottar’s Camp provides the romance of safari under cream canvas tents with the style of the bygone era of the twenties with butler-delivered silver service with no fences or manmade structures (other than roads) for hundreds of kilometres. The Cottar family have been operating luxury tented safaris since 1919, and have been part of the Mara community for over 90 years. Cottar’s has a varied hilly terrain and wilderness feel, making drives private. Pure wilderness, privacy and uninterrupted, far-reaching views with no cars or other lodges or air balloons is what sets Cottar's apart from other safari camps.  As Cottar’s 1920’s Safari Camp is situated in a location higher than 4000ft altitude, it is considered malaria free.

More than 40% of the staff at Cottar's Camp are employed from the local community and Cottar’s has a charitable trust called the Cottar’s Wildlife Conservation Trust (CWCT) which is working towards a sustainable conservancy for the area, in partnership with the Masai community.  


The South East Mara has most of the Mara’s Rhino population, so Cottar’s guests see them often. There are also many lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, gazelle and other migratory wildlife. Colobus monkeys can be seen in the hills behind the camp. The hills are great for walks, where Verreaux Eagles can be seen on cliff nesting sites, as well as rare chandlers reedbuck. With only 15 Gold-standard ‘Kenya Professional Safari Guide’ qualified guides in Kenya, Cottar’s have an impressive 3 Gold-level KPSGA guides, with the remaining guides having their Silver-Level KPSGA qualification.  Cottar's has some of the highest success rates of big five sightings in the business.

Cottar’s is situated far from the Mara River, and recommends that guests who particularly wish to see the migration crossing the river stay in a lodge closer to the river, and visit Cottar’s Camp for the traditional migration experience in far more privacy and away from the mass tourism experience of the crossings. 


Cottars Camp has two main mess tent areas for fine dining, drinking, reading and relaxing. 

Why is it chic?
“Cottar’s seems to be drawn straight from the pages of a Hemingway novel.” The Independent

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Room upgrade and exclusive use of vehicle subject to availability.


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Please note: rates indicate FROM price for the given period and may differ for higher number of visitors. Rates currency is USD.

Open all year round; Minimum 2 night booking. Children under 5 sharing are free of charge; A child in his/her own room will be charged single room rate. Family Tent: Additional child charged child sharing rate, max 6 people. A conservation fee of $116 per night is charged per person.  

Valid 03 Jan - 31 Jul 2014 & 01 Sep - 20 Dec 2014 (excludes August 2014 & 21 Dec 2014 - 02 Jan 2015).

Receive a 10% DISCOUNT OFF accommodation rates when booking 6 nights or more at 2 of the following: Tortilis, Cottars 1920's Safari Camp, Elsa's Kopje, Elephant Pepper Camp, Lewa Safari Camp or Joy Safari Camp which are all within the C&P Portfolio.

Rates are person (or for 6 people sharing the entire house) and include: 

  • full board
  • soft drinks
  • limited laundry
  • bush meals and sundowners
  • bush walks
  • Cottar airstrip transfes
  • 30 minute complimentary massage
  • day and night game drives
  • bottled drinking water


All tips are at the guest’s discretion. As a guideline, we recommended tips in the region of US$5 to 20 per guest per night for camp staff, with guides tipped separately (recommended are US$ 25 per group per day).




With only 8 luxury canvas tents Elephant Pepper Camp in Northern Mara, Kenya offers guests an authentic bush safari experience with the spirit of a rustic boutique hotel.  This Chic Retreat is in the perfect location to explore the globally famous Masai Mara ecosystem.


Unique benefits such as complimentary dinner or spa treatment

This is in addition to the usual boutique hotel benefits of complementary early check in, late check out, room upgrade when available and welcome drink


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