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Cottar’s 1920s Camp

Situated in a private concession on the Masai Mara – and bordering the Serengeti and Loliondo reserves – Cottar’s 1920s Camp is a traditional tented safari camp reminiscent of scenes from Out of Africa or the pages of Hemingway’s safari diary. In authentic historic style, the camp is furnished with decorative pieces – ostrich eggs, typewriters, dusty photo albums, and steel and brass antiques – which transport you back in time to a golden era when safaris were characterised by uninhibited adventure and romance. While it is the intention of your convivial hosts at Cottar’s to take you back to an age long-past, there is nothing antiquated about its personalised and intuitive service. A butler is always at your service, making you feel comfortably ‘at home’ and wanting for nothing.

Under the shade of a cluster of acacia trees with expansive views across the Mara plains, this classic camp accommodates 28 guests in authentic white canvas en suite tents. Professionally guided 4×4 game drives and walking safaris with expert guides are Cottar’s hallmark and the camp’s position within close proximity of the Serengeti means that you are ideally placed to witness the spectacular wildebeest Migration between May and October. Year-round game viewing on this Big 5 reserve is consistent with high concentrations of predators such as lion, leopard and cheetah inhabiting the reserve. Seen in impressive numbers during the Great Migration are zebra and wildebeest, which traverse the plains in their thousands looking for fresh grazing lands.

Cottar’s private concession guarantees the discerning safari-enthusiast the utmost privacy. Off-road game driving, night drives and walking safaris further set Cottar’s apart and ensure a phenomenal Kenyan wilderness experience for guests. For a truly novel experience, the camp also offers game drives in an authentic wood-panelled car much like early generations of the Cottar family used on the reserve in the 1920s.

Highlights

Traditional tented safari reminiscent of the 1920s
Witness the Great Migration in season
Private concession ensures privacy & exclusivity
Personal butler ensures intuitive service
Walking safaris to track smaller game
Game drives in vintage wood-panelled 1920’s car
Fishing in the Mara River
Wi-Fi & beauty therapist for in-suite treatments

Facilities

The camp features two mess tents comprising an assortment of areas for dining, reading and relaxing. The crystal-clear swimming pool is a serene place to cool off in the heat of the day and an on-site beauty therapist offers an extensive range of treatments in the comfort of your spacious tent.

Aside from twice-daily 4×4 game drives and walking safaris (on request) guided fishing trips are offered on the Mara River and the chef will happily prepare your catch for dinner. Guests can enjoy an enriching cultural experience on a visit to a nearby Maasai village.

An armed Maasai warrior guards the camp each night and is always present to escort guests around the camp, a service that is compulsory after dark. Wi-Fi is available in communal areas of the camp.

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