Cottar’s Safaris is a portfolio of three unique properties in the Masai Mara in Kenya, we work with the local community to unite wildlife conservation and sustainable luxury travel. We are a 5th generation family run safari company that has been operating safaris in Africa for more that 100 years. Our 1920s Camp, private Bush Villa and Conservation Camp are located in the private Olderkesi Conservancy bordering the Maasai Mara National Reserve.
Where we operate
- Bird Watching
- Mobile Safaris
- Safaris - Fixed Camp
Our Commitment to Responsible Tourism
COTTAR’S CONSERVATION, COMMUNITY, CULTURE & COMMERCE
Conservation: Cottars Wildlife Conservation Trust (CWCT) supports the establishment of a 6,000 acre Olderikesi Wildlife Conservancy pilot project on the boundary and key wildlife corridor of the Maasai Mara National Reserve and the Serengeti National Park. CWCT has been actively engaged in the preservation of natural habitats and wildlife in the area and in securing the area from poachers an for the protection of the community.
Commerce: The Cottar's are in partnership with the Masai community and manage their land on their behalf (for wildlife use) at rates competitive with other economic uses providing alternative livelihood opportunities.
Culture: Cottars Camp is neighboured by the Maasai community, a tribe that has so far maintained its traditional way of life. To ensure guests don’t miss out on the intricacies of this vibrant culture, Cottars take them on excursions to various Maasai villages for them to experience Maasai culture first hand. We also provide a market for beadwork and other traditional handicrafts produced by Maasai women as an additional way of preserving Maasai culture and support for development.
Community: Cottar's 1920's Camp maintains close ties to neighboring communities and is keen to address the challenges they face. The CWCT has for many years actively supported the Maasai community's struggle to obtain land tenure resulting in the legal ownership of the Olderkesi Group Ranch in 2010.
We take pride in saying that most of our employees are from the local community; by this we are actively involving them in development. We conduct local clinic visits (dental, ambulance transfers and other general services) which are arranged by Volunteer groups who come through Cottar’s 1920’s camp. We have also built a foot bridge with the Bridging the Gap Africa. The people can now access social amenities unlike before where they had difficulty crossing the Sand River especially during floods. The bridge is now saving an average of six lives a year.
The Cottars Wildlife Conservation Trust( CWCT) will be running a scout operation for wildlife monitoring, anti-poaching and anti-deforestation, and a host of other functions necessary to operate a wildlife conservancy. We have also acquired a gyrocopter to do aerial reconnaissance of activities within the conservancy and wider Mara area to help build a time lapse data base of land use change, wildlife and livestock counts and additional donor funding for this will have a big impact on land use change decisions for the future.
In regards to being members of the Long Run Destinations which practice the 4C’s (Community, Conservation, Culture & Commerce), and prior to the conservancy project, Cottars built the Olpalagilagi Primary School for a total of 200 students, paying teachers salaries and – to keep the children coming to school – we also run a feeding program for them.
Many thanks to all the people and organizations that made efforts to support CWCT. Nothing of value is ever for free, nor can anything sustainable be achieved without ownership and commitment by the intended beneficiaries.
15 July 2021
In the spirit of value-added experiences and impactful travel with a purpose, Cottar's Safaris and Lengishu would like to announce the re-launch of their eight night 'Private Sustainable Villa Journey', with conservation at it's core.Read More
13 May 2021
Last week President Kenyatta eased lockdown restrictions for travel to and around Kenya. International ﬂights to Kenya are open, the number of Covid-19 cases are relatively low and we welcome visitors back to our beautiful country and to our camp and bush villa in the Masai Mara AND the Great Migration is on its way back to the Mara.Read More
31 March 2021
Cottar's and the Cottar's Wildlife Conservation Trust (CWCT) are thrilled to report, just a few days ago, the successful recovery of a pangolin that was being held in a house in the settlement area of Naikarra near Olderkesi Conservancy.Read More
06 January 2021
Following an extensive refurbishment, the Cottar’s 1920s Camp in the Maasai Mara now includes a signature Mess tent, as well as an Explorer’s tent, and a stunning new interior for the second Honeymoon tent. Everything is ready and open, and we are excited to receive guests following on from the news of the roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine.Read More
20 August 2020
It has been an exciting few week in Kenya. The Kenyan government opened up airspace for international flights and lifted quarantine requirements for travellers coming in from 16 countries (a covid-19 negative certificate essential).Read More
10 January 2020
We are pleased to announce that our private airstrip in the Maasai Mara has been upgraded. Airlines that are landing at Cottar's Private Airstrip: Governors, Safarilink, Air Kenya, Yellow Wings and any private charter company. The strip is 1.3km long and 23 meters wide, made of heavily compacted muram with wide drainage. It's the only strip in the Masai Mara that is up to Kenya Airways Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) new regulations.Read More