A 1920’s era feel to this camp set near the Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. This camp gives you the authentic feel of that unique era when the word ‘safari’ became indelibly imprinted on the imagination of the adventurer, past and modern. Extending an era of luxury and quality, Cottars Safari Service returns to the original spirit and essence of ‘safari’, reminiscent of a golden era – an era of romance, professional guiding, adventure and elegance.



Drawing on eighty years of Safari service, the Cottar family will provide guests with the highest standard of personalized and professional guiding. Tailor made itineraries ensure the safari provides a unique experience for our guests. Recalling an era of luxury and quality, Cottar’s 1920’s Safari Camp in the Maasai Mara returns to the original spirit and essence of ‘safari’, reminiscent of a golden era – an era of romance, professional guiding, adventure and elegance, in a timelessly unspoiled setting with panoramic views and boundless game.



The Cottar’s 1920’s Safari Camp is situated in our extensive and exclusive concession between the Maasai Mara, Serengeti and Loliondo reserves where a few Purko Maasai clan roam. This area has been untouched by any kind of tourism or development and offers the discerning client a guarantee of privacy.


Most importantly, while the Mara has a reputation of being over congested with mass tourism, we have kept the secret of our area for years – no hot air balloons flying overhead, no minibuses buzzing around, no nearby lodges or low flying aircraft to disturb your special moments. The area is more akin to being in the expansive Serengeti National Park, but with the advantage of ‘off the road’ driving due to the very low vehicle density of the area, and the fact that we can walk and operate ‘night drive’ activities in our community concession.



The camp accommodates guests in three types of accommodations – 6 of our original ‘honey moon’ suites with ensuite bathrooms, 4 luxury suites with double bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms, all authentic white canvas tents, spacious and luxuriously furnished with original safari antiques from the ’20’s; private en suite dressing rooms and bathrooms (with old-fashioned showers and flushing toilets).



Guest activities include game drives with the best guides in Kenya; Of the total of 15 gold level ‘Kenya professional Safari Guides’ certified in the country, 3 of them work at cottars, with 2 additional silver level guides. Our guides utilize either state of the art modern four wheel drive cars on game drives or our authentic vintage wooden car for fun and atmosphere!. What makes an excellent guide? Personality, humor, calmness and knowledge. Our guides are uniquely able to walk safely in the bush and interpret the truth of the wilds; we are one of very few facilities in the country licensed to carry protective firearms for safe walking.



As our concession is outside the game parks, therefore guided walks and night drives are allowed and highly recommended. By walking, guests can get that much closer to nature, and if an opportunity to track wild game presents itself, our trained trackers will take guests even closer still. On a more self-indulgent note, our masseuse will now be based full-time at the camp for complimentary massages, manicures and pedicures. Any other needs that guests may have will be met by butlers who have been trained to provide guests with discreet, yet attentive service.