Cottar’s 1920s Camp

Cottar’s 1920s Camp is situated on a hillside within a small private concession bordering the south-eastern corner of the famous Masai Mara Reserve.

Cottar’s 1920s is one of the Mara’s most exclusive and upmarket camps, featuring a classic and colonial style as the name suggests. The camp is run by Calvin and Louise Cottar whose family have hosted safaris in Kenya since the colonial days. Attention to detail and personal service are complimented by expert guiding and fine dining. The accommodation is very comfortable, retaining an authentic tented feel and having quite luxurious furnishings, but guests should be aware that they are staying in genuine tents, not luxury suites. The camp offers communal or private dining experiences, depending on circumstance, and is suited to guests looking for quiet sophistication as well as those looking for a more social environment. The flexibility and exclusivity of activities on their private concession is a bonus, though game concentrations do vary and most extended game drives take place within the official Mara Reserve, which is great for game viewing but can at times be less exclusive than the private conservancies. The family tents and nearby large swimming pool are really brilliant for families looking for an upmarket Mara experience!


Accommodation at the main camp consists of 11 tents (five double/twin, four family and two honeymoon tents) which are positioned in a row stretching away from the central mess tent along the hillside. Each is surrounded by a…


The Masai Mara ecosystem is one of the best game viewing areas in Africa and is especially good for viewing the big cats. Elephants, buffalo, hippo, crocodiles, giraffe, zebra, lion, leopard, cheetah, spotted hyaena, impala…


Cottar’s 1920s Camp family suites offer some of the best family accommodation in the Masai Mara. These open plan suites allow families with young children to stay ‘under one roof’ but are also large enough to accommodate…

Conservation & community

Cottar’s Wildlife Conservation Trust (CWCT) was set up to support conservation, community, culture and commerce on the Maasai owned Olderkesi Conservancy. CWCT has provided medical services, installed radio…

LocationOlderkesi Conservancy, Masai Mara
AccessScheduled flight into Keekorok (1h30) or Charter flight into Cottars (15mins)
OpenAll year
Camp StyleLuxury tented camp
FocusBig game / Open plains experience
ChildrenNo age restriction
ActivitiesGame drives (day and night) / Guided walks / Cultural visits / Maasai warrior school / E-bike rides / River swimming / Fishing
Maximum Guests on Vehicle6
Private Vehicle OptionsYes
Off-road DrivingYes
Number of Rooms11 tents (including 2 honeymoon tents and 4 family tented suites) and Cottar’s Bush Villa
Family Accommodation4 two bedroomed family tented suites / Five bedroomed Cottar’s Bush Villa
BathroomFlush toilet / Plumbed basin / Plumbed shower
Power for chargingCommunal / In room
HairdryerProvided in central area
Heating/CoolingStanding fans on request
Room SafeYes
Laundry ServiceComplimentary
Communication in roomRadio
Wi-FiIn room
Mobile ReceptionNo (there is a signal at Cottar’s Bush Villa)
SwimmingCommunal pool / Pool at Cottar’s Bush Villa
Dining StyleCommunal (private on request)
Drinks IncludedHouse drinks
Credit CardsVisa and Mastercard
NOTE:There is a cat in camp