The Cottar family tradition started in their small corner of Kenya almost 100 years ago in 1919. Situated in an untouched exclusive 7,000-acre concession bordering the Serengeti, Maasai Mara and Loliondo reserves, Cottar’s 1920 Safari Camp and the area guarantee privacy and an abundance of extraordinary wildlife. Highly qualified guides are of course a given.
Whilst guests are accommodated in safari luxury; authentic white canvas tents with private dressing rooms, en-suite bathrooms and verandas, it’s the location, the pure safari experience and the utter passion for their home that makes Cottar’s quite special. In addition to the 11 luxury tents, the camp also offers the exclusivity of Cottar’s Private Homestead; a contemporary style private African house. With five en-suite bedrooms, a dedicated staff of 8 and a magnificent viewing deck, the house is the only real luxury private retreat in the Mara. Residents of Cottar’s Private Homestead will enjoy the dedication of their own private guide and vehicles during their stay. A private 25m swimming pool is theirs too. Absolute privacy and discretion are on offer here making it the ideal spot for those truly wanting to get away from it all in the most ‘magical’ (as one guest aptly put it) of environments.
As well as the unparalleled hospitality the Cottar family so effortlessly deliver, it’s the connection with the community, the consideration for the environment and the sheer unadulterated passion the family have had for nine decades that makes this place so extraordinary. Romantic, professional, adventurous and elegant are all spot on adjectives for describing Cottar’s, but when you stay here, you will be made to feel part of the Cottar family.
With rave press reviews, a throng of happy guests time after time and a string of prestigious awards the beauty of Cottar’s is that it remains true to itself and changes nothing. The luxury and exclusivity of the camp does not take away from the sympathy the family have for the local area and their connection with the local communities. Cottar’s 1920 safari camp is an extremely special place. Calvin Cottar sums it up himself beautifully in this short video – The essence of a safari through Calvin Cottar’s eyes.