We had the opportunity to stay at this amazing camp last October, it was near the end of the Big Migration, where should I begin?
The pick up at the landing strip was excellent, they were already waiting for us once we landed, friendly greeted and they helped us with our luggage, other camp cars were parked next to Cottar's vehicle and something within me was hoping the "nice looking one" was Cottar's, and it was the one waiting for us. So first impression, checked and very good!
Our guide Ken and our Maasai Spotter Lesasi were very friendly and attentive to every detail, car packed up with some snacks and beverages, electrical outlets and all...
Once we left the landing strip our safari began only 3 minutes from the strip, lots of wildlife around. Only about 35 minutes into our trip they spotted a pride of Lions, nice way to start a safari and be welcomed to the Mara.
After driving and spotting more animals we made it to the camp where yet another surprise was awaiting, the beauty of the camp itself! We were greeted by the Manager and she cut to the chase with our paperwork and all the camping formalities. It took less than 10 minutes to get us all ready to be shown our "Tent"
We were amazed at our tent, it was the Honeymoon Tent and it is a real beauty, very large in space and again all the 1920's theme inside of it, including "vintage" furnishings and just that touch of cool that would set this camp apart from other ones.
That afternoon we witnessed how camp staff spotted an orphan elephant on the campgrounds and they called the Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi so that they could rescue her, she got rescued by the Orphanage's rangers and everyone on camp was helping them, guides, spotters, managers documenting the whole thing and we even got a chance to be next to them to see how things developed, they were very careful and finally took her on a Caravan back to Nairobi, we were told if she wouldn't have been rescued that day, it was very likely to be eaten by hyenas that same night.
As for the animals, well the level of expertise of the guides here is very high, I could say amongst the top in Kenya, EVERY guide we talked to was very friendly and knowledgeable.
One day we saw 3 black rhinos within 2 hours of seeing the first one.
Overall our experience was AMAZING, think of something you might want to know about this camp and the answer is AWESOME,
Accomodation = top of the line,
Food = very well balanced and delicious,
Service = lovely people that make you feel welcome (Thanks Daniel),
Drives and guides = wonderful with tons of experience (Ken and Lesasi) they will tailor your safari to your every need, you wont miss an animal.
They are also very involved with the Maasai community and keep a good balance with tourism, visiting helps the communities and helps sustain the wildlife balance too.
One of hundreds of memories from there, last morning drive, sun is coming up on the horizon and we are already on the Mara, the picture is a golden sun bathing the savannah while we contemplate a field where a little over 24 lions were scattered around, some finishing their meals, some cubs playing, one of the most peaceful moments in our lives, nature at its best!
Will visit again, no doubt about it!
- 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