Cottar's 1920's Safari Camp
Cottar's Camp, standard tent Cottar's family Tent
Cottar's Camp, standard tent
Cottar's family Tent

Cottar's 1920's Safari Camp

Cottar’s 1920’s Camp ~ The Cottar Safari tradition began in 1919. Over 90 years on, we continue to provide an unparalleled safari experience to discerning clients in Africa. Extending an era of luxury and quality, we return to the original spirit and essence of ‘safari’, reminiscent of a golden era ~ an era of romance, professional guiding, adventure and elegance. Situated in an untouched exclusive concession bordering the Serengeti, Masai Mara and Loliondo reserves, the camp and the area guarantee privacy and an abundance of wildlife. The camp accommodates up to 28 guests in authentic white canvas luxury tents. The camp spreads over 1 kilometer and has 2 mess tents, so guests are assured a spacious yet intimate environment. The tents include private en-suite dressing rooms and bathrooms, main bedrooms and verandas, with family tents also having a living room with a fireplace.




We are in the business of making lifelong memories for our guests, providing just the right amount of adventure, adrenaline, elegance and comfort.

Need to Know

History ~ The Cottar family have been operating luxury tented safaris since 1919, and have been part of the Mara community for over 9 decades. Location ~ Cottar’s 1920s is set in exquisite hills in a unique private game concession adjoining the Serengeti, and Masai Mara game reserve. Highly qualified guides ~ With only 15 Gold-standard ‘Kenya Professional Safari Guide’ qualified guides in Kenya, Cottar’s are pleased to announce they have an impressive 3 Gold-level KPSGA guides, with the remaining guides having their Silver-Level KPSGA qualification. Private House ~ exclusive accommodation for a family, special occasion, or high profile guests Swimming pool ~ one of the only small luxury properties in the Mara with a swimming pool


Our safaris are tailor made to reflect our clients preferences. We have the Safari Chic, Bush & Beach and the Honeymoon Itineraries. We also have our Luxury Mobile Camping experiences. We organize a breadth of African experience - from month long remote adventure expeditions to unexplored South Sudan to honeymoon safari and surf trips to family Eco-lodges and cultural visits. Safaris can also be organized in mobile tents, at our award-winning Cottar’s 1920s Camp in the Masai Mara, or in our private homestead combined with other camps, lodges and locations.

Wildlife HighlightsWildlife Highlights

Cottar’s maintains the original safari tradition and feel of the 1920s. An authentic white 1920s style camp, with no fences or man-made structures (other than roads) for hundreds of kilometers The South East Mara has most of the Mara’s Rhino population, so Cottar’s guests see them often. There are also many lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, gazelle and other migratory wildlife. Colobus monkeys can be seen in the hills behind the camp. The hills are great for hill walks, where Verreaux Eagles can be seen on cliff nesting sites, as well as rare chandlers reedbuck in the moor like hill tops. Cottar’s is situated far from the Mara River, and recommends that guests who particularly wish to see the migration crossing the river stay in a lodge closer to the river, and visit Cottar’s Camp for the traditional migration experience in far more privacy and away from the mass tourism experience of the crossings. Cottar’s does have a varied hilly terrain & wilderness feel to its area, making drives private. Pure wilderness, privacy & uninterrupted views ~ no cars or other lodges, no balloons ~ this is what is different about our area.

Local ActivitiesLocal Activities

Day & Night Game Drives, Guided Bush Walks, Bush Meals & Sundowners, Cultural Visits, River Swimming & Fishing, Swimming Pool (main camp), Massage & Spa treatments, Gift Shop


The camp has two main mess tent areas for fine dining, drinking, reading and relaxing. An exciting new addition is an amazing pool and spa area where guests can relax after a game drive. Guests can also enjoy a safari bath or safari shower, specifically set up in the savannah should they wish for a genuinely unique way of bathing.

  • Swimming Pool
  • Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Massage and Spa treatments
  • Nanny - free of charge
  • Showers with hot running water
  • Flushable toilets
  • Electricity


6 1920's style white ensuite tents ~ 5 doubles and 1 twin tent 1 Honeymoon tent 4 Family Tented Suites ~ each suite consists of 2 en-suite bedrooms with a shared sitting / dining room 1 Private House ~ can accommodate up to 10 guests, in five large en-suite bedrooms


Gold Eco-rated Camp- Eco-Tourism Kenya, 2014/2015 Silver Eco-rating certification ~ Ecotourism Kenya, 2013/2014 Nominee for Best Safari Product in East Africa, Best Safari Guide Team, Best Ecological Property, Best Community Property ~ Good Safari Guide, 2012 Finalist Best Safari Guiding Team & Best Safari Property in East Africa ~ Good Safari Guide, 2009/2010/2011 Best Guide ~ Harper’s Bazaar, 2008 101 Best Hotels ~ Tatler Travel Guide 2007 The 50 Best Camp Sites ~ The Independent, April 2006 Best Safari Camp ~ Harpers & Queen, January 2003 Best Tented Camp in the World ~ Tatler Magazine, January 2003 Top Guides of Africa ~ Condé Nast Traveller, November 2002


Open all year round

Average StayAverage Stay

Main Camp: Minimum 2 night booking, unless agreed with reservations. Private House: Maximum 10 pax;

Average PriceAverage Room Prices

(per person per night unless otherwise stated)

Rates start from US$ 690 per person sharing per night (inclusive of full board accommodation and park fees) 

Children PolicyChild Policy

Children under 5 sharing are free of charge; A child in his/her own room will be charged a single room rate

Contact and Social Media

To find out more, visit Cottar's 1920's Safari Camp's website.

To find out more call us on +44 (0)1865 982290 or email us at enquiries at

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