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Calabasas
Reviewed 5 November 2013

If you think this is a trip of a lifetime, then do it in style - do it at Cottar's! My travel agent encouraged me to go with a first rate experience and this was indeed first rate all the way. Our one disappointment was that we could only enjoy half the safari! My son had contracted malaria where we...

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calvincottar, Owner at Cottar's 1920's Safari Camp, responded to this review

Nathalie, I am so sorry you lost days at camp to your boy having malaria that he got from western Kenya..Luckily we don't have malaria in the camp area as we are a thousand feet above the anopheles mosquito altitude threshold .. But yes if you contract malaria from somewhere else at least the doctors everywhere here are trained to...

London
Reviewed 25 October 2013

We stayed at Cottars in mid October 2013 and it was great. The place is excellent, especially the mess tent. High quality and comfortable. The view from our tent was great and the guiding was first class, as were the landcruisers. We stayed at a couple of other reserves during our trip, which were good, but this was by far...

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calvincottar, Owner at Cottar's 1920's Safari Camp, responded to this review

Miggins, yes its true about the pool being a touch far.. But great for peace and quite for the rest of camp (I have noisy kids myself - let alone some of our mini guests! ). Thanks for mentioning the quality of the massage.. Phanice and Christina put so much work and training into their jobs and its wonderful that...

Hungerford, United Kingdom
Reviewed 22 October 2013

We had been planning and talking about this holiday as a family for over a year so my expectations were very high, and I was not disappointed at all! The excellent service started from the moment we landed at the Cottars air strip, where we were picked up and immediately started our African experience. All the staff at Cottars are...

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calvincottar, Owner at Cottar's 1920's Safari Camp, responded to this review

Thank you so much Emma..you spent a lot of time putting your feelings into your post, and for this louise, myself, our management and staff are very very thankful and appreciative.. We look forward to having you back on safari soon.. Africa - Kenya - Mara - cottars is a place that only gets better and better the more you...

Nairobi, Kenya
Reviewed 17 October 2013

Unlike many of the big brands who operate in the Mara, Cottar's has a strong commitment to both, the conservation of the Masai Mara ecosystem and the advancement of the Masai communities who live in the Olderekesi area. The understated elegance of the camp and Cottar's home is easy to understand when you meet the owners. The staff are competent,...

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calvincottar, Owner at Cottar's 1920's Safari Camp, responded to this review

Simba thank you for mentioning the community and conservation side of things..often the hardest and least understood part of what we do! Am glad the staff stand out for you.. We are lucky to have them on our team! Calvin

New York City, New York
Reviewed 14 October 2013

We stayed at Cottars in early October. Truly an experience of a lifetime. The tents are a dream. The staff was so pleasant and really wanted to do whatever they could to make our honeymoon magical. Ken was a wonderful guide -- in 4 days of peppering him with all sorts of questions he had answers for everything! He made...

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calvincottar, Owner at Cottar's 1920's Safari Camp, responded to this review

Thank you for the very positive post Justin ! And So So happy to hear the food is improving in more recent posts.. We look forward to having you in camp again soon! Calvin

Birmingham, Alabama
Reviewed 11 October 2013

My adventure started 1 year and a month ago while my mother was on safari at Cottars Camp with her 7 Grandchildren. Mother visited Africa often and Cottars was unquestionably her favorite. Upon departure from the Nairobi airport my mother became suddenly ill and was hospitalized, tragically she passed away from heart failure before I could reach her. I was...

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calvincottar, Owner at Cottar's 1920's Safari Camp, responded to this review

William, Patricia was with you on this special trip in her own special way... Please know that our families shall forever be connected by what happened, consider us you home in Kenya and Africa! All the very best, Calvin

Portland, Maine
Reviewed 6 October 2013

We recently stayed at Cottar's Camp for a family gathering, just after the terrorist attack at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi. We were assured by Cottar's that all was safe and, sure enough, they arranged private transport upon arrival from the airport to our hotel, then again in the morning to the airport for the trip to the Mara. Dolores,...

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calvincottar, Owner at Cottar's 1920's Safari Camp, responded to this review

Dear Lisa, thank you so much for your thoughtful and heartfelt post... You capture so much about Africa that is hard for us to say ourselves but that we aim to give people the chance to experience, and reading it makes me proud to have my name on the place! Thank you! Calvin

NYC
Reviewed 18 September 2013

We had a wonderful time at Cottar's 1920's Tented Camp, even after two weeks already in the bush and some of our group really struggling at that point (we are all around 70, so definitely not youngsters). What a great job Cottar's does to create a true Africa tented camp experience. It is not the same level of luxury that...

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calvincottar, Owner at Cottar's 1920's Safari Camp, responded to this review

Dave, thanks for your honesty in your review. Yes, we probably do have to step up our game in the accommodation and hotel side of the camp when compared to the newer 'super-investments' such as singita, but at the end of the day its the experience, our wonderful staff and the soul of the camp that repeat guests come back...

Cebu Island, Philippines
Reviewed 7 September 2013

Such a picturesque area, great animal sightings, had a very exciting leopard encounter too long to write about. We were able to see the migration of wildebeests crossing the river. The accommodations were old world safari tents made you fell like a Hollywood movie. The staff Douglas, our guide Steve and spotter Kitipa were all excellent. Highly recommend.

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Many thanks for your enthusiastic post PRS, and would love to hear about the leopard encounter one day! Cheers, calvin

Coulsdon. Surrey
Reviewed 6 September 2013

Just back from a short stay at 'Cottars' in the Masai Mara, and it was amazing! Perhaps we were just lucky but the game drives were much more than we expected saw Lion (many) Elephant & Giraffe (dozens) Buffalo (hundreds) Zebra (Thousands) Wildebeest (hundreds of thousands) and Baboon, Ostrich,Gazelle, Antelope, Various Monkeys etc.etc.etc The camp itself is magic, the tents...

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Dear Cymag, amazing review, thanks for your support! I hope that with the initiation of the Olderikesi conservancy on 1 st October 2013, this will boost the value for guests staying at Cottars as - after much research - it seems the main reason for the perceived 'less than perfect' value of staying at cottars is that (1) our prices...

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  • Spa
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Breakfast included
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
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  • Pool
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  • Kitchenette
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  • Family Rooms
  • Smoking rooms available
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Public Wifi
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  • Airport Transportation
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
  • Breakfast included
  • Laundry Service
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
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  • Free Parking
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The Cottar Safari tradition began in 1919. Nearly 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 the Masai Mara, in an untouched exclusive concession bordering the Serengeti and Loliondo reserves, the area guarantees privacy and an abundance of wildlife. The camp accommodates up to 28 guests in authentic white canvas tents, which are spacious and luxuriously furnished. The Cottar's Bush Villa is a private villa with 5 en suite bedrooms, amazing views and private chef and guides. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Cottar's 1920's Safari Camp

Address: | Masai Mara, Olderkesi Private Reserve, Masai Mara National Reserve 00100, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Masai Mara National Reserve > Olderkesi Private Reserve
Price Range: ₹ 77,059 - ₹ 2,74,126 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Cottar's 1920's Safari Camp 4*
Number of rooms: 16
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