Cottar's Conservation Camp

Cottar’s Conservation Camp was been 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. The camp is set adjacent to the Masai Mara Game Reserve in a tranquil spot by a trickling stream, under an oasis of tall trees with the Dramatic Olentoroto Hill as it’s backdrop.

This experience is ideal for those who want the exhilaration of a night in the bush, who are prepared to sleep in small tents with simple amenities and be actively a part of sustainable safari experiences. With just 7 tents, this is an intimate camp that has all the essential elements for a memorable safari experience. An experienced safari cook is at the camp to prepare the daily meals, served in a beautiful large mess tent. Guests can also relax in the dedicated Zen Tent.  The camp is hosted by the manager and a support crew to look after all of the guests needs.

Get back to being at one with nature within a simple, but ample tented fly camp. Taking adventure back to its roots, this camp is an enclave of relaxation and rustic safari simplicity. By night, enjoy fireside meals on camp chairs under the stars and during the day there are plenty of quiet spots to be still and enjoy the sights and sounds of the African wilderness.

Twin Tents
Each tent has its own private bathroom in a cubicle located behind the tent with a wash basin, hot safari-shower and long drop toilet.

Day and Night Game Drives
We visit both inside the Masai Mara National Reserve and outside, in our Olderkesi Conservancy. You can do either morning, evening or all day game drives. Please note that viewing the main migration river crossings requires a full day out as they are located some way from camp. We believe that wildlife viewing should be a private , special and un-rushed experience.

Conservation lunch / dinner
A conservation lunch or dinner hosted by the Conservation Managers - get in-depth insight into the day to day efforts of a working conservancy.

Running & E-biking with a Maasai Warrior
For the more energetic travellers, morning or evening runs can be arranged with a local Maasai warrior as your guide. Or, opt to cruise along on the new e-bikes!

Life of a Hunter-Gatherer walk
A journey into the vanishing world of Letilet the Maasai/Dorobo hunter-gatherer.

Spend a few hours roaming the surrounding bush and savannah with Letilet and let him take you into his world of wonder, listen and learn from him about multiple facets of El Dorobo and Maasai traditions and everyday life. Discover his encyclopaedic knowledge of plants, particularly their medicinal uses which he learnt from his mother, who was a popular healer for most of her life.

Bush Walk
A 2-3 hour walk over the Olentoroto hill to the 1920s Camp for lunch or drinks. This walk provides you with amazing 360 views over the Masai Mara and Olderkesi Conservancy.

Seedball Dispersal
You are given packets of Seedballs and as you drive or walk on your safari, please throw the seedballs out, one at a time. They are encased in a special coating which will activate at the right time for germination. Your packet contains approximately 225 indegenous tree, or grass or plant or flower seeds that are critical to the Mara-Serengeti ecosystem.

We are replenishing the tree species that are endangered in our area. Indirectly, we are also supporting species such as elephants, butterflies, bees and other insect life that is key to the biodiversity in this area. This year, our aim is to plant 30,000 indigenous trees. Your complimentary packet will help us get towards our target, thank you for helping our local ecosystem and helping Cottars become net positive!

Local School Visit
Spend a few hours visiting our local primary school, you will get to meet the children and sit in on a few classes if you wish, or join in on the daily football game. Something for those seeking a more engaging and immersive safari experience.

Maasai Village Visit
Visit a Maasai Village and experience their rich culture. This involves a trip to their Manyattas (mud huts), village setup (security, healthcare, education and management of resources e.g. meals, water, firewood), local market with wonderful Maasai artefacts/attire for sale, their live-stock and much more. You will learn about ancient traditions as well as contemporary struggles and adaptations to modern life.

Visit the Rangers HQ
Spend some time with our conservation rangers learning about their day to day responsibilities, and enjoy an afternoon volley ball match


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Immerse Yourself in Conservation & Community
Stay 7 nights / Pay 5
* Must travel within 60 days of booking. Valid for travel until Dec 1, 2021.