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5.0 of 5 Cabin/Campground   |   Olderkesi Private Reserve | Olderkesi Private Reserve, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 3 days ago
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Easton, Connecticut
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Our trip to Cottar's was easily the best vacation I have ever had. From the minute we touched down in Nairobi International through our departure, Calvin Cottar or a representative from the camp was there to help us and guide us. Calvin even accompanied us on to the Serengeti for the final portion of the trip. The dining is fantastic;... More

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New York, New York
12 reviews 12 reviews
10 hotel reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Cottar's camp was our second and last stop on our week long safari in Kenya. It is a beautiful camp that reminds me of what it must have been like to be on Kenyan safari in the days of "Out of Africa." We were picked up by James, one of the camp managers, who was very friendly and his Masai... More

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Singapore, Singapore
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is my first time to Kenya and my first safari experience and my stay at Cottar's was truly amazing and enjoyable. I was there for 3 nights and everything, from the service of all the staff, the food, the view and the thrilling game drives was nothing but excellent. Our safari guide Ken made sure me and my friends... More

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Plainview, New York
17 reviews 17 reviews
6 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When my wife and I were on our Honeymoon, one of our stops was at Cottars. Now, we were there in November of 2011, so there may be changes to the facility since then. However, what I will always remember is the views, the safari and the Cottar family. When we got off the plane, we had to wait for... More

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Accra, Ghana
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

My wife and I spent 5 fantastic days here, seeing a wide variety of wildlife and enjoying the company of our knowledgable guide. Luxury surroundings and excellent staff left us with no doubt that we'll return.

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

All of us at cottars appreciate your support Jim B ! More

Edmonton, Canada
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

My sister and I spent 5 amazing days in the Cottar's 1920's camp in January 2014. The camp itself was outstanding from the main tent area to our own accommodations. From the moment we arrived, the staff were on hand to make sure we had everything we needed and more. We were met by Douglas, a guide who also has... More

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

Colleen M ...wow...You called me intelligent...! Thank you ! .. Your post is particularly passionate and supportive, and for that also we say thank you! All I can add is that we plan on continually improving camp without changing the essence of what you experienced.. So come back in the future and have an even better experience than last time...... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Just when we thought our trip, and first safari could not be improved upon, we arrived at Cottar's on a chilly afternoon, awestruck at the landscape, and warmly welcomed by a smiling staff and the very capable and engaging managers, Charlotte and James. We were introduced to the workings of the camp and from there our every need and desire... More

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

Karen pm from all of us at cottars - James and Charlotte, ken, our staff, and the cottar family - we thank you for your excellent and supportive post.. Our mission is to give all our guests the truth and the soul of Africa...and to educate our guests on how we are working with the Masai to secure the unique... More

Johannesburg, South Africa
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14 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

Cottar's was our last stop after having travelled to Amboseli, Meru, Shaba and the North Mara Conservancy and I expected it to be the absolute highlight, the cherry on the top. Cottar's is without any doubt a very special camp. It is an authentic tented safari camp from a bygone era, magnificently decorated, with lovely staff and excellent cuisine. It... More

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

Many thanks Angela M, your review is valuable to us! It does have both positive and negative elements to it - all of which are valid and taken on board by us and the management. On the positive comments, we work everyday to improve our clients experience, and Cottars is all about the authentic and honest service and experience which... More

Nairobi, Kenya
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014 via mobile

Wow! By far the best trip we have ever taken! The service was impeccable from beginning to end. From meeting us at the landing strip and to the awesome accommodations. There was never a time our guide GG and his spotter Nebu we're not on their game. From the amazing game drives to the awesome picnic lunches. Then there is... More

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

Dear Gemgemm, this is accolades indeed! Big five with three leopard, and all on your birthday! GG, Nebu, Sinti, Kevin and our new managers did us all proud! On the internet issue we have contracted access Kenya to sort us out which they will complete when all equipment and masts are installed on the hill and in camp.. Next time... More

Citta di Castello, Italy
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

A friend and I recently spent a dazzling four days at Cottar's, and it was the best experience that I have had in many years of world-wide travel. Our expectations - which were very high - were exceeded in every way. Ken and Paramelia, our guide and spotter on our daily game drives, were simply the best and located everything... More

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

Dear AnneM, so many thanks for your wonderful post; so graciously written and heartfelt! What it shows is our truth, we do care - and so do our staff. Many thanks again and come back sometime in the future ! Kindest regards, calvin More

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Address: Olderkesi Private Reserve | Olderkesi Private Reserve, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
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Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Maasai Mara National Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Cottar's 1920's Camp 5*
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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 22 guests in authentic white canvas tents, which are spacious and luxuriously furnished. ... more   less 
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