We stayed at Cottars for 6 nights in January as part of the first week of our honeymoon. We had the honeymoon tent - which was a tent in the loosest sense of the word! It was huge with a four poster bed, armchairs, dining table for two, separate bathroom area with flushing toilet and hot shower - glamping at its very best! We had a lovely tent porter called Isaac, who would wake us up each morning for the game drives by bringing us coffee.
The game drives were sensational - our guide Ken and spotter Salash we outstanding - we saw the big 5 in the first two days of our trip - plus so many more animals including giraffe, elephants, cheetahs, zebras, baboons, crocodiles, snakes etc. And we managed to get within touching distance of them all - which is utterly brilliant if you're a keen photographer! It was low season so there was basically no one else around - we had the Mara to ourselves! Every morning a breakfast would be packed in to the back of the jeep and we'd eat by the river or under a tree with stunning views - absolute bliss. One morning Cottars prepared an original 1920s breakfast for us in a beautiful clearing in a forest area - we sat at a table with linen table cloth and served pancakes, eggs, bacon, cereal and tea and coffee - utterly brilliant! Lunch and dinner are both of a high standard and really tasty.
On our last day we went on a walking safari to a waterfall where we swam and caught catfish on fishing lines made out of sticks and twine! Lots of fun and interesting to get a different safari perspective on foot.
There is also the option to have massages and hot canvas baths outside your tents - we did both and can highly recommend them!
The only slight gripe we had was the communication error about paying for alcoholic drinks - which we were offered readily for 2 days, only to be told half way through the stay that actually we had to pay for them. The management had been having some teething problems with new policies and they hadn't been fed through properly to various booking agencies - however the management sorted it out for us and in the end we didn't pay - but I would suggest checking with your booking agency before you go.
Overall I would definitely recommend this camp - it was an amazing start to our honeymoon and we made memories that will be with us forever.
- 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