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Olderkesi Private Reserve

Cottar's 1920s Camp

Masai Mara Masai Mara, Olderkesi Private Reserve, Maasai Mara National Reserve 00100 Kenya
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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 28 guests in authentic white canvas tents, which are spacious and luxuriously furnished. The Cottar's Bush Villa is a private villa with 5 en suite bedrooms, amazing views and private chef and guides. The Conservation Camp is a immersive and intimate camp of seven simple tents, designed for those who want to immerse themselves in the local community and culture, and experience the day to day conservation efforts of a working conservancy.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
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Business Center with Internet Access
Free internet
Public wifi
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Breakfast in the room
Special diet menus
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Gift shop
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English, Spanish, German, Italian
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Masai Mara Masai Mara, Olderkesi Private Reserve, Maasai Mara National Reserve 00100 Kenya
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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.
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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.
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Response from Calvin C, Owner at Cottar's 1920s Camp
Responded 5 weeks ago
I'm sorry to hear this, as we are known for our excellent guiding level, it's why most of our guests come back, we will of course address your complaints thoroughly. I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed the rest of the camp though. We do pride ourselves on offering a safari away from the massive Mara crowds, a more exclusive experience, but this does mean that we are quite far from the main wildebeest river crossings. We do not hide this fact though and feel that we have plenty of amazing wildlife in the areas closer to the camp. Again I'm sorry our camp wasn't for you and I hope that you have a wonderful year ahead. All the best, Calvin
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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!
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Response from Calvin C, Owner at Cottar's 1920s Camp
Responded 5 weeks ago
We can't wait for you to come back! Thank you so much for this lovely review. Have a wonderful year ahead, Calvin
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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
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Response from Calvin C, Owner at Cottar's 1920s Camp
Responded 5 weeks ago
Wonderful to hear! Thank you for coming and enjoying your safari and the talks, it's great to hear that you and your son enjoyed it so much. Have a great year ahead, Calvin
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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.
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KenyaRift Valley ProvinceMaasai Mara National ReserveOlderkesi Private Reserve
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Frequently Asked Questions about Cottar's 1920s Camp
What are some of the property amenities at Cottar's 1920s Camp?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at Cottar's 1920s Camp?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Cottar's 1920s Camp?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Cottar's 1920s Camp?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Cottar's 1920s Camp have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Cottar's 1920s Camp offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Cottar's 1920s Camp?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, German, and Italian.