Fabled for being the five most dangerous and difficult animals to hunt, the Big Five are now the most sought-after animals to capture on a point-and-shoot. Whilst sitting firmly at the top of every safari checklist, nature’s most magnificent animals are as elusive as ever before, making tracking them an exhilarating and unforgettable adventure. Home to all five showstoppers, the national parks of South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Namibia and Botswana, are excellent destinations for a chance to see them all. On foot, by horseback or in the comfort of a 4x4, traversing the plains of sub Saharan Africa in search of these celebrated animals is the undisputed original safari experience.
Capturing the spirit of adventure that Africa is famous, our Marketing Executive Suzie recounts her first time on safari in Kenya’s famous Mara Reserve. Read how Suzie caught the safari bug…
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Safari and beach is a winning holiday combination and as the home of the big five safari, Kenya is a leading light. Increasingly after a safari on the Kenyan plains we look to more exotic climes such as the Seychelles, Zanzibar and Mozambique for our beach R&R. Here our Kenya specialists say why we should stay closer to home and stick to the Kenyan coast for beautiful beaches and top watersports.
Combining the wildlife rich plains of Kenya with its own palm flanked coastline or the shores of Zanzibar makes for a truly unforgettable safari and beach holiday. Offering wildlife encounters and ultimate relaxation in equal measure, this tried and tested combination promises the best of both in eastern Africa.
With over a decade of experience, Mara guide William Ole Santian has to be one of the most knowledgeable, friendly and welcoming guides we have come across on safari. He tells us what it is like to be a safari guide in the Masai Mara.
A safari holiday with the family has adventure at its core, and there are few better places to explore with children in tow than the home of safari itself, Kenya. From spotting the Big Five in the Masai Mara and camel riding in Laikipia to enjoying some down time on its tropical beaches, Kenya is a brilliantly varied destination; perfect for a family getaway.
Cottar's 1920 Safari Camp
Masai Mara, Kenya
Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp is a tented safari camp with a real 'Out of Africa' feel, located in Kenya’s Masai Mara. Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp is great for families, and is an iconic safari experience, with superb service and wonderful wildlife viewing.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Located in the south east of the Masai Mara which is famed for its variety of game and wildlife where visitors go year on year to see lion, elephant, cheetah, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest and many more, including over 450 species of bird. Every year from July to November visitors are also graced with one of the greatest natural wonders on earth – the Great Wildebeest Migration, where over 1.3 million wildebeest and zebra move up from the Serengeti and cross the Mara River in search of greener pastures. Situated in an untouched 6,000-acre private concession, Cottar’s camp guarantees guests a completely private game experience within the concession, as well as a stay at a luxurious camp furnished with safari antiques from the 1920’s, giving a complete Old World feel.
Cottars 1920s Camp can accommodate up to twenty-eight guests in total in ten tented suites. There are five double tents, four family suites and one unique honeymoon tent all with en-suite bathrooms and verandas offering space and luxury. The authentic colonial style tents are luxuriously furnished with original safari antiques from the 1920s. Family tents also feature living rooms with fireplaces. Tents have been thoughtfully situated to ensure guests have complete quiet and privacy. A tented library, lounge and dining area, and a lovely pool and spa area make up the main camp.
Safari activities at Cottars Camp are tailored to suit individual guests, and can include guided walks, game drives and champagne picnics in the bush. All game viewing is with some of the best guides in Kenya, with three certified gold level professional Safari Guides offering their expertise to guests on a day-to-day basis. All guides are professional and passionate and have been in the business for many years, making guests safari experience one to remember.
When to go
The best time of year to visit the Masai Mara is during the Great Wildebeest Migration which passes through the Mara between mid July to late October. Travelling in January and February also offers fantastic wildlife viewing without the crowds and the climate is perfect with warm days and bright blue skies. This is also the time of year when plains game give birth to their young meaning predators are never far away. The only time to avoid the Masai Mara is during the long rainy season in April and May. November is considered the short rainy season, however, these are less predictable and are much lighter.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Things to do
Honeymoon Offer at Cottar's 1920s Camp
Book your honeymoon to Cottar's 1920s Camp in Kenya for a minimum of four nights and save 50% on one partner's accommodation. Terms and conditions apply. Subject to availability.
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Mara River Crossings
The Masai Mara is the perfect location to see the Great Migration, as 1.7 million wildebeest attempt to cross the river to access the prime grazing land of the Mara. This is an unforgettable experience, dubbed 'the greatest spectacle on earth.'
Sundowners in the Mara
As the sun begins to set on your afternoon game drive you will be driven to a lovely quiet spot for sundowners and snacks. Your guide will be alert to any stirring wildlife whilst you sit and relax with a deserved drink in the middle of the Mara.
Game Drives in the Masai Mara
Game drives in the Masai Mara is where the safari experience as we know it was born. Every morning and afternoon you will have the opportunity to head into the Mara with your guide and marvel in the multitude of wildlife that call this region home.
Walking Safari in the Mara
If staying in one of the conservancies of the Masai Mara you will have the chance to enjoy a guided game walk. This enables you to explore the Mara from an entirely different perspective and is a great way get closer to the bush
Hot Air Ballooning in Masai Mara
Experience the magic of floating over the plains of the Masai Mara in a Hot Air Balloon. Balloon safaris are a fantastic way to experience the vast beauty of the Mara and provide exceptional photo opportunities with spectacular lighting and scenery.
The Maasai Experience
Learn all about the unique Maasai, their culture and their way of life with this fascinating interactive safari with traditional Maasai guides. Discover bush survival skills, how to track animals and even how to use a traditional bow and arrow.