Cottars 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. Cottars 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. Cottars 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 Cottars 1920s 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 Cottars has a charitable trust called the Cottars 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 Maras Rhino population, so Cottars 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, Cottars 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.
Cottars 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 Cottars 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.