Where is The Bush Villa located?
Cottar’s 1920s Camp and Bush Villa are located in the famous ‘eighth’ natural Wonder Of The World, the Maasai Mara which has the largest concentration of terrestrial wildlife on earth and is home to the immense wildebeest, zebra and plains game migration that numbers over to 2.5 million animals with some of the highest success rates of big five sightings in the business.
The Camp and Villa have their own 6,000 acre private conservancy and is situated one kilometre from the Masai Mara game reserve. The location provides you with easy access for day and night game drives to the Masai Mara game reserve and the conservancy, game walks, and cultural interactions with the Masai community.
Cottar’s Bush Villa has a breath taking view onto the savannah plains that carry the great annual wildebeest migration, and is set amidst a backdrop of the Olderkesi Hills. .
What sort of accommodation is available?
You will enjoy privately guided game drives, night game drives, bush walks, swimming and fishing. Cottar’s Bush Villa is available only on an exclusive basis and comes with a dedicated staff of 8. The villa is over 10,000 square feet in size and features a large living room, dining room, a magnificent viewing deck and 5 en-suite bedrooms, all with stunning views. The villa has internet access throughout, satellite TV and DVD, and is powered with electric and solar energy. A dedicated game drive vehicle(s) and guide(s) are provided to you throughout your stay.
When is the best time to visit Cottar’s Private Bush Villa?
Kenya is on the equator therefore does not have major seasons. The climate is very pleasant and variations in altitude and terrain can create contrasts. Generally, in the Highlands the climate is cool and temperate; elsewhere the temperatures can reach approximately 35’C during the day. The coast is quite humid and balmy. Over most of the country there are two rainy seasons:
- The “short rains” which occur from late October through November,
- The “long rains” which occur from late March to early June,
- It is perfectly possible to visit Kenya during the rainy season, few roads are affected, the park is fresh and green and there are fewer people and vehicles. Rain usually falls in the late afternoon preceded by bright, sunny and fresh days,
- July and August are the coolest months and are often overcast especially in the morning,
- December-Mid March is the warmest time of the year.
What should I pack and bring with me?
Your safari suitcase, packed properly, will ensure that you have everything you need for the ultimate African bush experience. Cotton clothing in neutral colours is recommended for all game drives and bush walks. It is best to avoid white clothing and dark colours for bush activities, as they tend to attract certain bugs. Formal wear is not required.
- Passport (Kenyan immigration authorities require a minimum of two blank (unstamped) visa pages in the passport to enter the country) or Kenyan Identification Card
- Yellow Fever vaccination (only required of all travellers over one year old, arriving from yellow fever infected countries)
- Air Tickets/Vouchers/insurance details
- Credit Cards (MasterCard or Visa) Debit Cards (for use at ATM)
- Sun Glasses and Solid Case
- Prescription Glasses (with extra pair) and Solid Case
- Contact Lenses (with extra pair), we recommend that you also bring a pair of glasses in case of dust irritation.
- Converter/plug set (Kenya uses 220v English square pin)
- Binoculars – a must!
- Flashlight (small, with extra batteries)
- Camera & Equipment: Battery Charger and Adapter, Large Memory Card etc.
What Activities are Available?
Day & Night Game Drives, Guided Bush Walks, Bush Meals & Sundowners, Cultural Visits, River Swimming & Fishing, Private Swimming Pool, Massage & Spa treatments, Gift Shop.
Your activities are tailored to give you the most authentic African safari experiences with a guiding style that is different from other safari operators. The emphasis is on the quality not the quantity of the wilderness and wildlife, the emotional intelligence of the guide to become your friend in a short time and to have you appreciate and join the pace of the wilderness.
There is a commitment to strive to maintain a balance between a prosperous business and sustainable conservation, social entrepreneurship, community development and all the activities are centred around this.
- Day & Night Game Drives
- Guided Bush Walks
- Bush Meals
- Cultural Visits to local Masai Village
- Swimming pool
- Waterfall Swimming & Fishing (Seasonal)
- Massage and Spa treatments
- Dapper Flapper Shop
- Masai Warrior School
- Running with a Masai Warrior
- Canvas Bush Bath (only available at the 1920s Camp)
- Balloon Flight over the Masai Mara
Why is Conservation & Community so important at Cottar’s 1920’s Bush Camp?
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.