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Cottar's 1920's Camp

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Olderkesi Private Reserve | P.O. Box 44191 Nairobi Kenya, Maasai Mara National Reserve 00100, Kenya
Cottar's 1920's Camp
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

My wife and I had the pleasure of a 2 night retreat at Cottars camp in November 2014. At that time of year the Masai Mara is very dry and the Masai are forced to bring their large herds of cattle close to the park in order to find grazing. Some tourists could find this an annoyance. Our view is... More 

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

Dear Tripadvisor member, thank him for your very positive comments, we feel that cottars is where many serious safari goers eventually gravitate to, for it's longevity and it's authenticity and what experience we can offer our guests today which is very different from the boutique lodges popping up everywhere. Thank you again, and please revisit some time in the near... More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

If you are looking for something a little out of the ordinary and want to go on a safari at the same time, Cottar's camp is it. The camp is situated in a private conservatory bordering the game reserve of the Masai Mara and the Serengeti. The company offers personalized safari experiences where you can tailor your requirements and basically... More 

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

Bulgenes, you managed to capture in a few words some of the key elements of cottars, especially the toto friendly aspect, the experience of our people, and the flexibility of the safari day...To find you the game, Cottars goes the extra distance! thank you and please come again! Calvin More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

This is our 5th time to cottars and each time it just gets better. The game viewing is excellent and the facilities are luxurious whilst retaining it's 1920's charm There are 22 gold guides in Kenya -3 of them are at cottars. If you want to experience real Africa with no boundaries and a tailored safari experience - cottars is... More 

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

Lynnwilson4, it was a great fun guiding you both... and am so glad you could find the time to say a few words here on tripadvisor..it's really a important forum for prospective guests to see the truth of cottars, thank you! Calvin More 

Sherborne, Dorset, England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

My husband had wanted to stay here for a very long time and it did live up to our expectations. The tents were extremely comfortable with lots of room for unpacking! Loos, shower and hand basins were great. You have your own personal 'tent man' and ours, Richard, was really thoughtful and his washing and ironing was better than mine... More 

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

Marian B, you honored us with so much time , and I am happy you have enjoyed camp...I am guessing the not perfect sleep quality was the flapping tents from the extremely strong katabatic winds? It's calmed down now with the rains...... Thank you for your visit and please again! Calvin More 

Nairobi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Our 6th stay in the Mara and believe us, Cottars is a VERY special place. If you want to enjoy the Mara without seeing any other cars in one of the most beautiful sceneries, if you want to find an incomparable atmosphere, if you want to live an "oldtimer safari" with exquisit confort, if you want to relax, to walk,... More 

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

Dear Lawrence W, your endorsement of cottars is valued especially as you have been in the Mara so many times! Thank you, and Karibu tena! Calvin More 

Stockholm County, Sweden
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

We arrived in januari to this wonderful place on earth and met the most nice staff and our guide for the stay; Douglas!! He had the most impressive knowledge about the national park, both when IT concerned plants, birds and the Big animals! He made our trip worth every dollar!! He was so enthusiastic and also he had the most... More 

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

Dear Ankan2015, many thanks for your enthusiastic post! Doug has always been a star and we hold onto him like gold I assure you! Looking forward to seeing you back in the migration season! Calvin More 

Geneva, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

It is a pity Kenya, such a beautiful country going through an undeserved reputation of being risky for tourists. I was visiting family for the end of the year holidays and during my stay I never felt any sense of danger or enmity from the people. And definitely no presence of ebola! We spent two nights at the incredible Cottar's... More 

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

Many thanks for you post Lazan60; its much appreciated and you bring up the important fact that you are safe on a safari to kenya, the Mara, and to Cottar's! Looking forward to seeing you back out on safari ! Calvin More 

Makati, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We visited two safari camps over the late summer, and I would have to say that the best guides are truly from Cottar's. So a stay at Cottar's offers the best of glamping and guides. If you go, look for Douglas and Mako. They are not only knowledgeable, but also super accommodating and friendly.

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

Firstly, I apologize to you LM2021 for calling you Mimmo in my response to your wonderful post..clearly a slip of the finger on the keyboard! .hkpirate888 thank you for your very supportive post and for mentioning the quality of our guides! Asante sana! More 

Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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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 

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