Cottars 1920's camp

An award winning safari camp that has been operating since 1919.

Set in a private 7,000 concession.

The only camp with views over both the Maasai Mara and the Serengeti.

Facilities at Cottars 1920's camp

Boutique Shop
Game Drives
Swimming Pool

When to go to Cottars 1920's camp


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Cottar’s was established by Calvin and Louise Cottar in 1919. The Cottar’s are the oldest established and continuing safari family in Africa and the camp provides the romance and style of a bygone era, along with today’s modern luxuries and the highest level of guiding in the country.

The camp is made up of 10 tents, one of which is a unique honeymoon tent, five of which are double tents, one single and four family tents. Each of the family tents has it’s own living room and fireplace. The tents are all situated to ensure that each one is private and peaceful.

A little distance away is Cottar’s Private House, an exclusive use homestead with five bedrooms, perfect for family groups or friends wanting their own home in the bush. The homestead also has it’s own swimming pool.

The two main areas of the tent provide comfortable spots for fine dining, drinking, relaxing and cooling off in the beautifully designed swimming pool. There is also a spa area in which to enjoy a range of spa treatments and massages. Whilst communal dining is encouraged in the true safari way, private dining can also be arranged and mealtimes are set as guests wish. In a toast to the good old safari days the camp also arranges special touches such as a safari bath or shower set up in the savannah for a really memorable experience.

The list of awards that Cottar’s 1920s Camp has won over the years really is endless but to name a few they were awarded ‘Best Tented Camp in the world’ by Tatler Magazine, ‘Top Guides of Africa’ by Condé Nast Traveller, ‘No.1 in the Mara’ by Trip Advisor, and ‘Best Safari Camp’ by Harpers & Queen.

Cottar’s 1920s Camp is set on it’s own 6,000 acre private conservancy, just one kilomentre from the Maasai Mara game reserve and adjacent to the Serengeti National Park of Tanzania. The surrounding landscape is rolling savannah, with no fences or man made structures to ruin the wilderness, and is home to the largest concentration of land-based wildlife on earth.

If you had to pick one camp in Africa that really epitomised the romance of ‘Out of Africa’ it would have to be Cottar’s 1920s. At first glimpse you could imagine that nothing in the camp has changed since 1920 and then on closer inspection you discover how it has adapted with the years, providing every modern comfort and luxury possible, yet all the while retaining the magic of a bygone era.

  • 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 ensuite bedrooms with a shared veranda, sitting & dining room
  • 1 Private House ~ can accommodate up to 10 guests, in five spacious ensuite bedrooms

Cottar's 1920s Camp is the winner of countless awards including the following:

  • Global Ecosphere Retreat
  • GOLD Eco rating certification ~ Ecotourism Kenya, 2014/2015
  • 2014 Fodors Travel Awards – ‘Trip of a lifetime’ category
  • Nominee Kenya’s Leading Safari Camp – World Travel Awards
  • Virgin HIP Hotel
  • Nominee for Best Safari Product in East Africa, Best Safari Guide Team, Best Ecological Property,
  • Best Community Property ~ Good Safari Guide, 2014/5
  • Finalist Best Safari Guiding Team & Best Safari Property in East Africa ~ Good Safari Guide, 2014/15
  • Best Guide ~ Harper’s Bazaar
  • 101 Best Hotels ~ Tatler Travel Guide
  • The 50 Best Camp Sites ~ The Independent

Wi-Fi: The Camp and Homestead have free Wi-Fi connectivity
Mobile phones: There is good phone signal at the Homestead and some areas in camp. A wireless phone is also available at a fee in the office

Children of all ages are welcome at Cottar's 1920s Camp.

Stays here are on a Fully Inclusive basis. 

Day and night game drives
Walking safaris
Bush meals and sundowners
Cultural visits
Maasai Warrior school
River swimming