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Great location in the Masai Mara with a private reserve that avoids the crowds in the main park. Their service is very friendly and helpful. Our guide was great. We spent two of our days in the private reserve and the park close to the reserve. We say no one else when we did this. One of our days we chose to take the long drive to the Mara river. In spite of not seeing a crossing, the wildebeests kept stopping and not crossing, we did see some great wildlife and interesting vistas. The big difference on this day was that there were hoards of people and vehicles in this part of the park. The food and lodging is just okay but they put on a special dinner for us by the pool and it was a great experience. I would still recommend Cottars due to the location and service.
We stayed here for three nights with our 2 children (10 and 13) in August as part of a safari trip to Kenya. We have stayed at some of the best safari lodges in Africa (various Singita properties, Royal Malawane, Tswalu, and others) and we were expecting Cottars to be similar. Sadly that wasn’t the case. There are many positives – the camp itself is stunning, the tented rooms are very comfortable, the food is great and the staff very friendly. Also, the Camp is remote from the busier areas of the Maasai and so when out in the vehicle it feels more like a private Conservancy, which is very welcome given how busy certain parts of the Maasai have become. Be aware though, if you come here wanting to see it to the river crossings for the migration, it will be a very long day of driving-we were advised it would be about 10 hours in the vehicle, which we decided was too much. However, you come somewhere like this for the safari experience, and that’s where this review becomes less positive. We came here after staying after being on safari for a few days elsewhere in Kenya, which has been wonderful and which the children had absolutely loved. The guide there was passionate about all aspects of being in the bush, and made it huge fun for the children, who still talk about him, 5 months later. That wasn’t the case at Cottars at all. Our guide would probably have been fine if this was your first Safari, but he frankly was not up to the job and seemed to be going through the motions, as opposed to having that level of interest and passion which guides at good lodges have in imparting their knowledge in an engaging way, often with interesting anecdotes. Our guide was unforthcoming in terms of general commentary, did not offer much beyond identifying the animal we were looking at, seemed only to be interested in mammals and spent a fair bit of time looking at his phone (well beyond the communications that take place between guides during drives). We were told quite a few times by the Camp manager how great our guide was so didn’t feel like we could make it clear we thought differently. I think it sums it up to say we would not choose to return. Also, when our children talk about our fabulous trip to Kenya, this is the one place they say they actually do not want to return to. The same would apply to my husband and me. This review was submitted after being asked by Cottars to rate our stay on trip adviser. …
IF you value a quieter more exclusive experience in the Mara, this is the place for you. Cottar's Camp is located away from crowds and van-de-beasts. You can find some vestiges of 'old Africa' here. We would go back in a heart beat!
Absolutely fabulous! Meeting Calvin and our Talks made the trip. Staff and guides were the best of the conservatories my son and I Visited. My thanks to all! Met and exceeded all of our expectations for both of us
rooms were cluttered, they need to be modernized....and can be modernized and still keep the 1920's theme. too much junk in rooms....old typewriter on porch ...taking up space. guide MAKO fabulous...do a bush bath....massages are great....food very good. but wouldnt go back because of rooms. Pool increcible. Service lovely.