Inside Luxurious 100-Year-Old Cottar's 1920s Safari Camp Charging Ksh 407K a Night

  • A tent at Cottar's 1920s Safari Camp in Masai Mara
    A tent at Cottar's 1920s Safari Camp in Masai Mara
    Cottar's 1920 Camp
  • Since the 1920s when it was built, the Cottar's 1920s Safari Camp has been at the top of the hospitality game offering unrivaled and enviable service.

    For over 100 years today, the hotel, which is beloved by leaders and celebrities alike due to its exclusivity as well as privacy, has continued to offer the best in the world of travel.

    Located in the untouched exclusive Olderkesi Conservancy bordering the Maasai Mara, Serengeti and Loliondo reserves, the resort, which is the oldest establishment at the Mara, is composed of tented rooms and a mahogany bar overlooking the bush.

    It sits on a 7,608-acre-acre concession and oozes traditional golden-era explorers which offer day and night game drives as well as massages and has a spring-fed swimming pool.

    Inside a tent at Cottar's 1920s Safari Camp in Masai Mara
    Inside a tent at Cottar's 1920s Safari Camp in Masai Mara.
    Cottar's 1920 Camp

    "Cottar’s Safaris is a portfolio of two transformative properties in the Maasai Mara area in Kenya, that 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 than 100 years.

    "Our 1920s Camp and Private Bush Villa are located in the private Olderkesi Conservancy which borders the Maasai Mara National Reserve," reads a welcome message on its site.

    To book a room for two, the guests must be ready to fork out a sum of Ksh 246,397. The room offers bathroom amenities, maid service, wireless internet connection as well as complimentary high-speed internet.

    There is however, a pricier package allowing the stay of a family of 4 which costs Ksh407,517. Guests enjoy room service, maid service as well as modern amenities tactfully intertwined in the '20s style tents.

    The camp has nine tents in total which includes two honeymoon suites, four double tents and three family suites offering ensuite bathrooms and according to their visitors' privacy.

    There are also two main mess tent areas for fine dining, drinking, reading and relaxing.

    In its 100-year history, it has snatched up top awards including Best Tented Camp in the World, Best small to medium enterprise in Africa and Fodor’s Travel Award in the Trip of a Lifetime category among others.

    The hotel was established by Charles Cottar and his family which included his sons Mike, Bud and Ted. At the time, the camp was among the very first registered safari companies offering superior big game hunting and film safaris outfits throughout Africa.

    Inside a tent at Cottar's 1920s Safari Camp in Masai Mara
    Inside a tent at Cottar's 1920s Safari Camp in Masai Mara.
    Cottar's 1920 Camp
    Inside a tent at Cottar's 1920s Safari Camp in Masai Mara
    Inside a tent at Cottar's 1920s Safari Camp in Masai Mara.
    Cottar's 1920 Camp