Cottars Camp

Olderkesi Conservancy, Kenya


Set on a private conservancy in the Maasai Mara, Cottar’s Camp stands as a testament to luxury and adventure, harmoniously intertwined. Family-owned and run for more than 100 years with a forward-thinking conservation mission, this is the home of the ultimate Kenyan safari experience.   

Key Features

  • Situated in the private Olderkesi Conservancy, bordering the Maasai Mara in Kenya and the Serengeti in Tanzania
  • The main camp features five double tents, two unique honeymoon tents, and four family tents, while the exclusive-use Cottar’s Bush Villa has five ensuite bedrooms
  • Run by a fifth-generation safari family with over 100 years of experience, and a team of guides whose qualifications are some of the highest in Africa
  • The camp’s location provides easy access for day and night game drives, guided bush walks and visits to the nearby Maasai community


Located on the Olderkesi Conservancy, bordering the legendary Maasai Mara National Reserve, this award-winning camp harks back to safaris from a bygone era. Owned and managed by the oldest established and continuing safari family in Africa, they have managed to retain this authentic safari essence, captivating guests from the moment of arrival.

Cottar's 1920's Camp

There are 11 spacious tents here, all sumptuously furnished with campaign antiques, four-poster beds, ensuite bathrooms and outdoor verandas (enjoy a traditional canvas safari bath outside with views over the plains). While feeling decidedly 1920s in style (and name), there are still all the amenities today’s modern travelers would expect.

The camp has two main mess tents for dining, drinking, and relaxing. There’s also a pool and spa area to unwind after a game drive or cool off from the heat of the African sun.

Cottar's Bush Villa

Also on site is Cottar’s Bush Villa, sleeping up to 12 guests across five ensuite bedrooms that are tastefully decorated with rich wood and furnishings that provide a sense of place. Offering an abundance of space, a private swimming pool, and wildlife in spades, there is a dedicated team of staff here, as well as a private game drive vehicle and guide to help you explore your surroundings. This is truly the most exclusive and luxurious villa in the heart of Kenya’s wilderness.

What makes this property unique?

The guides at Cottar’s are incredible, and some have become industry leaders after being with Cottar’s for decades. Offering unforgettable forays into the bush, embark on one-of-a-kind day and night game drives (for those visiting in July to September, marvel at the great annual wildebeest migration), encounter the iconic Big Five, or spend an afternoon interacting with the local Maasai community.

women rangers

Why we love it

Evenings are spent by the roaring campfire, listening to wild tales from the guides of their time in the bush and watching Maasai warriors dancing under the starry African night sky while sipping signature cocktails. Dining is rooted in their history and heritage, showcasing Kenya’s rich and flavorful culinary diversity. Expect candlelit dinners by the pool, forage-to-fork dining experiences, and private dining on your veranda overlooking the plains.

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