Masai Mara
Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp

The award-winning Cottar’s 1920s Camp has honed the Kenya safari experience to perfection. Offering a quintessential 1920s Kenyan safari experience, albeit with 21st century comforts, the Camp is located inside a private conservancy in the south-eastern corner of the Masai Mara, bordering Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park. Hence, there are wildlife-spotting opportunities galore.

Spacious cream canvas tents furnished with antique travelling cases, rugs, old photographs and pith helmets, with silver-service meals served on white linen, will transport you back in time. You can even slip into a portable bush-bath set up to overlook the savannah. As the only camp in the area and with just 9 beautifully furnished tents, spaced so you enjoy a feeling of solitude and privacy, Cottar’s offers the highest standards of professional guiding in a luxurious and authentic safari environment, led by the owner, a 5th generation descendent of the oldest established safari family in Africa. You could not be in better hands.

Facilities & Activities

Every conceivable comfort has been considered, to ensure a supreme safari experience, both in and outside camp. There are two main mess tents for fine dining, drinks and reading and an infinity pool and spa where guests can relax after a game-drive – there’s even a complimentary massage treatment included in your stay. The location 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 local Masai community.

For something a little different, you can ride an electric bike through the bush, then enjoy a Cottar’s iconic ‘bush bath’ in a portable tub or bucket shower, set up to make the most of the views. Waterfall swimming and coarse-fishing are possible in season. Fly camping and balloon safaris can be arranged year round. Wi-Fi is available in the main mess area.

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In keeping with the 1920s theme, guests enjoy a fine-dining experience, served under canvas with guests sharing one large table hosted by the manager, replete with safari chairs, cut glass decanters, silverware and white linen. Meals can also be served out in the bush or at your tent by arrangement. Cottar’s has its own large organic herb and vegetable garden, so home-grown meals are of a very high standard.


Take your pick of the 6 luxury en-suite Tents, a Honeymoon Tent or 4 Family Tents, spread over a kilometre site to ensure privacy. Each tent enjoys a personal butler service and radios are used to communicate with the main camp. The 1920s style tents are large, each with twin or double four poster beds draped with mosquito netting and furnished period antiques. All have en-suite bathrooms with walk-in shower, plus a veranda, all enjoying wide vistas over the tranquil bush.

The Family Tents have 2 bedrooms with a central shared living/dining room which feature a proper open fireplace. The camp is not fenced, so guests are escorted to and from their tents at night.

Larger parties may like to book the luxurious, private Bush Villa. A large stone house which has its own pool and comfortably sleeps 10 people in 5 spacious en-suite bedrooms, it offers a large, open-plan central living space and terrace.

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The two-bedroom Family Tents with central sitting/dining area are ideal for family groups. One bedroom has a double bed and the other twin beds. For larger families of 5 or 6, either one or two proper single beds can comfortably be set up in the lounge area of the family suite.

Nannies are available for baby-sitting services from the main camp’s housekeeping staff and a baby cot and high chair can be provided.

In terms of activities, the camp offers ‘Masai Warrior School’ (mums and dads are welcome to join in!) with lessons on tracking footprints, learning dances and songs in Maa and practicing skills such as bow and arrow shooting, spear-throwing, fire-making etc. If it’s not too hot, kids can enjoy guided nature walks not far from camp with an armed escort and guide. Even quite young children can join in the fun. There’s also the possibility of coarse-fishing for catfish and barbell, with seasonal river swimming and rock climbing/jumping, in addition to swimming in the camp’s own pool.


Cottar’s Wildlife Conservation Trust is actively engaged in the preservation and protection of wildlife and habitats in the area.

The camp encourages guests to experience and learn more about the Maasai tribe culture, guests can learn traditional craft work which preserves and develops Maasai culture.

Most employees at the camp are from the local community and the camp conducts local clinic visits including dental and ambulance transfers arranged by Cottar’s volunteers.


Cottar’s 1920s camp is the only camp located inside a 7,000 acre south-eastern corner of the Masai Mara, inside the Olderikesi Conservancy, that borders both the Masai Mara Reserve and the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. The Camp itself enjoys incredible vistas over the savannah.

Cottar’s is a 10-minute drive from the Cottar’s Airstrip and approx. a 1.5 – 2 hour transfer from the busier Keekorok Airstrip. There are daily flights from Nairobi and Ukunda/Diani Airstrip.

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