Prior to arriving at Cottar’s Camp 1920’s, we thought we had experienced perfection during our almost two week safari through Tanzania and Kenya, staying at 4 other camps and lodges. Every camp and lodge did not disappoint us and in fact surpassed expectations.
But Cottar’s Camp 1920’s proved to be the ultimate and authentic experience, a wondrous place to celebrate our final days on safari.
Its history alone makes it unique; owner Calvin Cottar’s great grandfather was a pioneer, an American big-game hinter who escorted fellow hunters around Africa in search of the big 5 (lions, buffalo, leopards, elephants, and rhinoceros). Now the fourth generation Cottar is running the family business, offering gracious hospitality with a warm dedicated staff, luxurious tents, delicious meals, and expert guides all in an impressive setting.
We were fortunate enough to have Calvin Cottar, himself, as our own private guide (worth the extra expense) for 3 days. His experience in sighting animals and safari management, coupled with his knowledge of animal behavior were invaluable. His expertise in conservation/preservation debates provided exceptional insight to current problems facing Africa’s political and economic approaches to its natural resources.
Our daily game drives, which could have become somewhat repetitive, were always singular adventures remote from safari vehicles from other camps. Each day, we embarked on a game drive as the sun rose and returned long after darkness fell with thrilling memories and great photos of very close encounters with lions, elephants, leopards and cheetahs.
The camp itself, while providing all modern amenities, was reminiscent of a setting for a Hemingway novel or an “Out of Africa” experience. The knowledgeable staff made us feel at home as a welcomed guest rather than a paying customer. One minor suggestion is to request an accommodation tent close to the main tent to take advantage of easy viewing of the animals that graze on the front lawn during the night. Sweeping a flashlight across the lawn and seeing the pinpoint reflections from the eyes of dozens of animals is truly amazing.
Although not inexpensive, we found Cottar’s Camp to be a true value. We highly recommend Cottar’s Camp for people seeking a safari experience evoking the golden age of travel, albeit with all the up to date comforts. If you contemplate staying at multiple camps we recommend saving Cottar’s Camp for last so as not to experience your highpoint early on your trip. If you are choosing only one location to experience your safari, choose Cottar’s Camp 1920’s - you won’t be disappointed. We look forward to returning.
- 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 22 guests in authentic white canvas tents, which are spacious and luxuriously furnished. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Cottar`s Camp 1920`s Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
- Cottar's 1920's Camp Kenya/Maasai Mara National Reserve