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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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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

What a world away from 'real life'! Greeted by professional and courteous staff and guides. The tent accommodation is a wonderful experience, especially with the fantastic 1920's decor and furniture. This was our first Safari camp before heading to other camps, we were certainly spoilt at Cottar's. We did have a hiccup with our departing flight, however the Cottar's staff... More 

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

Mimmo, thanks for this wonderful post, and for reinforcing again the fact that it's the authenticity and truth of a place that makes the difference... Thank you again! Calvin More 

Malindi, Kenya
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

In this Africa, now changing far too quickly, a few things preserve the flavor of that remote past that made ​​us dreaming of Africa even before our first trip. One of those rare gems is 1920 Camp, owned by the Cottar family, who moved from Texas to Kenya since 1919. If you want to immerse yourself in the elegant atmosphere... More 

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

Mimmo, thanks for this wonderful post, and for reinforcing again the fact that it's the authenticity and truth of a place that makes the difference... Thank you again! Calvin More 

Genova
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

This year my wife and I had decided to spend our vacations in Kenya, a beautiful country with – in our opinion – an undeserved reputation of being risky for tourists. We were in Kenya in the second half of August 2014 and during our stay we never felt any sense of danger or enmity from the people. Definitely not... More 

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

Alberto ! Wow....your wonderful description of camp and the excellent explanation of how authenticity can make all the difference to improve a safari really hit home..comments on the 'authenticity' of a camp or lodge can only really be believed when it comes from a past visitor such as yourself Alberto... And yes, I can go on a bit when it... More 

Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

We spent 4 amazing days in Cottars (family tent), the place is well managed, the staff is friendly and helpful and above all we enjoyed to the fullest game drives with excellent guide and masai spotter. One of our best experience in traveling, it really worth it!

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

Karina N , thanks for the wonderful post! Asante from us all at cottars! More 

Milan, Italy
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158 reviews 158 reviews
71 hotel reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We stayed there for 3 nights and wished for a couple more, as everyone says in their comments from the moment they pick you up till the moment you flight out they take care of you the service is amazing, every detail is covered and if not they make sure to fulfill all your expectations and special requests. We stayed... More 

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

Dear Traveler4Leisure, your opinion - considering your experience on safari in the Mara and elsewhere - is important because you can compare and benchmark wilderness areas, quality of camps and actual experiences...We therefore feel honored that you have written about cottars this way...Thank you! Another important point you bring up is the world of difference between what we do and... More 

Adelaide River, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We spent four nights at Cottar's Homestead last week. The location, facilities, hospitality / catering and staff are all first class. Nothing was too much trouble and the local knowledge and expertise was evident throughout our stay. Though experienced safari goers to South Africa in particular, this was our first visit to the Mara, via Tanzania and the Serengeti earlier... More 

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

DJ, thank you for the great feedback! All the very best, calvin More 

Jersey, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

My wife and I spent 3 amazing days on our honeymoon at this magnificent camp. We wished we could have stayed much longer as it was quite simply, the best place we have ever stayed in. We travel a lot, but this truly took our breath away from the moment GiGi picked us up from the private airfield in a... More 

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

Dear Paul and Miranda, so glad you enjoyed your stay!... And yes,it does get a bit windy at night I that time of year... Sleep quality due to katabatic winds through our valley ( and consequent flapping of canvas of the tents) is the only consistently 'non perfect' feedback we get in tripadvisor which is probably the main reason we... More 

San Diego, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

My family stayed in the Cottars Homestead the first week of August. It was absolutely incredible. The staff treated us like royalty and the house itself was so spacious with breathtaking views from every room. There were two beautiful swimming pools we could use. Ten years ago, my wife and I stayed in the elegant tents in the compound- they... More 

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

Dear Darren W, we are extremely honored to be called your 'home away from home'! ..this is not something one says without thought. Many thanks again and next time you come ( hopefully earlier than 10 years time!) I am sure that The wildlife will be even closer to camp! Many thanks again!, calvin More 

London, England, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We spend a superb 3 days at Cottars Camp in the Mara, and could not have been more impressed by the experience. From the moment we were picked up by our phenomenal guide, GG, to our departing plane ride, we were given the most incredible bespoke service by all the staff. On the game drive from the plane ride in... More 

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

Dear Amanda H, thanks for the supportive write up on your experience at camp, and the mention of the house at the end.. GG is quite a guy isn't he?! full beans! Thanks again! Calvin, More 

Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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65 reviews 65 reviews
43 hotel reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Cottar's Camp, long established in the Mara, is a quite exceptional place. A series of very comfortable and spacious tents, with en suite faculties including showers and flushing loos, extend along the hillside from the central mess and shop tents. The westwards views make for great sunsets. The central "mess" area is charmingly furnished in old colonial and "twenties" style... More 

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

Dear Jasperco, thank you for the support for cottars in your post, and for highlighting the staff and service, especially Mako, Kitipa and Moses..they deserve it! Good point about the plates, we will see to it that it is done. Thanks again! 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*
Number of rooms: 10
Also Known As:
Cottar`s Camp 1920`s Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
Cottar's 1920's Camp Kenya/Maasai Mara National Reserve

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