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Cottar's 1920’s Private Bush Villa, Kenya – Vintage Luxury at its best


The award-winning Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp and Bush Villa have their own 7608-acre private conservancy and is situated one kilometre from the famous ‘eighth’ natural Wonder Of The World, the Maasai Mara in Kenya and the Tanzania Serengeti game reserve. Owned and managed by the oldest established and continuing safari family in Africa it extends an era of luxury and quality and returns to the original spirit and essence of ‘safari’.

Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp in Kenya, provides the romance of safari under cream canvas tents, the style of the bygone era of the twenties, while at the same time supplying the amenities required by today’s modern world travellers and professional guides whose qualifications are the highest in Africa. Offering an abundance of wildlife, a guarantee of privacy, and the highest standards of professional guiding in a luxurious and authentic camping environment.

The camp has nine tents in total (one unique honeymoon tent, four double tents and four family suites), all with en suite bathrooms. The family tents have living rooms with fireplaces. The entire camp is situated to ensure that tents are private and quiet whether for honeymooners or families with young children.

The camp has two main mess tent areas for fine dining, drinking, reading and relaxing, and an amazing pool and spa where guests can relax after a game drive. Guests can also enjoy a safari bath or safari shower, a genuinely unique way of bathing specifically set up in the savannah. The location of the camp provides easy access for day and night game drives to the Masai Mara game reserve and the conservancy, game walks, and cultural interactions with the Maasai community.

Winners of numerous accolades, including ‘Best Tented Camp in the World’, Best small to medium enterprise in Africa, Fodor’s Travel Award in the Trip of a Lifetime category, Global Eco-sphere Retreat accredited and recipient of the Green Globe award for environmental practices, Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp offers discerning travellers authentic and unique lifetime safari experiences.

Family safaris at Cottar's 1920's Camp

Cottar's welcomes children and their Maasai guides are fantastic at instilling a love of the Kenyan bush in children and teenagers of any age. Together with the guides they will explore the conservancy on foot, looking for bugs, identifying wildlife from their tracks or droppings, learning about the medicinial properties of certain plants, which tree's bark can be used as a toothbrush, or toilet paper! 

The Maasai will teach them the basics of living in the bush in the Maasai 'Warrior School' and children simply adore learning how to make their own bow from readily available natural materials around the camp and then how to shoot arrows. Additionally the entire family can visit a local Maasai village and meet the community in a respectful way, learning about their culture and ways of life and sharing your own at the same time. When you return, why not all take a swim in a nearby waterfall to cool off, or go fishing. There is so much to keep families entertained here, they may not even notice they don't have their devices!

The Wildlife Conservation Trust

The Cottar family owns Cottar’s 1920’s Camp and Bush Villa and have worked with the Olderkesi Maasai neighbours and community representatives for decades. The camp is situated in Olderkesi Conservancy the Maasai group-owned land adjacent to the Serengeti National Park of Tanzania and the Maasai Mara National Reserve of Kenya.

This crucial wildlife corridor is home to the largest concentration of terrestrial wildlife on earth; some of the richest diversity of mammals, birds and vegetation and some of the most dramatic wilderness vistas on the continent. Cottar’s 1920’s Camp and Bush Villa depends very much on the wilderness, Maasai people and wildlife around its location, and to assist in this and support conservation, community, culture and commerce, the Cottar family has initiated the Cottar Wildlife Conservation Trust (CWCT) and the establishment of the 7,000 acre Olderkesi Community Wildlife Conservancy (OCWC) pilot project.

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