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Cottar's 1920's Safari Camp

From $800 Person Kenya, Rift Valley

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  • “Cottar’s seems to be drawn straight from the pages of a Hemingway novel.” The Independent

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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. 


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Cottar's Camp sleeps up to 28 guests in 10 authentic white canvas luxury tents. The camp spreads over 1 kilometre and has 2 mess tents, giving guests plenty of space in 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 House - Cottar’s has a new and luxurious Private House for those looking for absolute privacy combined with dedicated and discrete staff, award winning guides, and an abundance of wildlife. This Masai Mara homestead is the best 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.


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Cancellation policy

For certain times of the year when there is high pressure request for accommodation, or for very large groups, you may be asked to make a non-refundable deposit of up to 30% of the booking value in order to confirm your booking. This deposit will override cancellation policy 1 & 2 below.

A Confirmation Voucher will be issued only on receipt of 100% payment of booking. Bookings may be lost if payment has not been received within 2 weeks from accommodation date.

  • Cancellations are only effective on receipt of written notification. 
  • If you cancel 8 weeks prior to departure your 15% deposit is forfeited. 
  • If your cancellation is made after you final payment is due, the below charges will be levied as a percentage of the booking
  • Between 60 & 45 days, 15% of the total costs will be charged (except High Season).
  • Between 44 & 30 days, 25% of the total cost will be charged.
  • Between 29 & 22 days, 50% of the total cost will be charged.
  • Between 21 days & a ‘No Show’, 80% of the total costs will be charged.
There continues to be no Ebola in Kenya or Tanzania, which are over 5,000 km away from the affected West African region.  There are no Ebola cases in neighbouring countries or the surrounding East African region.  
The medical facilities at both international airports and major hospitals within Kenya and Tanzania are sophisticated, with full isolation wards in the unlikely event that any cases were to reach this far, and extensive training and preparation has be done as precautionary measures.
At the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, the Government of Kenya took the immediate action of suspending all flights to Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, and suspended visas to travellers from those countries. 
We at Cheli & Peacock can confirm that in the event of a confirmed outbreak of Ebola (as defined by the World Health Organisation) occurring in any of the four East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania or Rwanda, for guests staying at any of the camps operated by Cheli & Peacock Safaris provided the WHO and either the UK government or the US government has issued a warning against non-essential travel on the grounds of an Ebola epidemic in any of the four East African countries, the following cancellation terms will apply:
1. Those guests who hold Travel Insurance covering cancellation of travel should apply to their insurance company and Cheli & Peacock Safaris will pay to the guest the difference between the amount paid to the claimant by the insurance company and the amount received in payment by Cheli & Peacock Safaris for the cancelled safari booking.
2. Those guests who are unable to obtain any refund from their insurance company will have a credit held for them equal to the amount already paid to Cheli & Peacock Safaris and this can be carried forward to a future booking within one year of the travel date of the cancelled trip.
3. The above terms apply to the camps owned and operated in Kenya by Cheli & Peacock Management Ltd, Joys Camp, Elsa's Kopje, Tortilis Camp, Kitich Camp, Elephant Pepper Camp, Lewa Safari Camp, Cottars Camp.
For itineraries booked by Cheli & Peacock Safaris to stay at other third party owned camps in any of the four named East African countries then the same refund and credit offers will apply so long as the third party service providers have agreed to similar cancellation terms.

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