Our safari in Kenya is a seven-day dream with Cottars 1920's Camp, one of the most pioneering conservancies and most iconic outfitters in the world celebration of their 100th year anniversary in 2019. They've been called ‘Best Tented Camp in the World’ by Tatler Magazine, ‘The Top Guides of Africa’ by Conde Nast Traveller, and ‘Best Trip of a Lifetime’ by Fodors.
To celebrate their Centennial, Cottars team designed a mobile 'Fly-Camp' to match their original hunting kit from the 1920s to move with wildlife and warriors through the 7800 acre, community-owned conservancy to the luxury camp, tracing their legacy as a 'Walk Through Time.'
For just 14 guests, it is a conservation masterclass and an immersion in the wild and the warmth of a culture that is as intimate as it is transformative. We offset the carbon footprint of all trips and invest in the Cottars Wildlife Community Trust, specifically to fuel entrepreneurial opportunities for women - like the Olderkesi Bee Keeping Project, support access to education for Maasai girls, and fund rangers to protect wildlife and habitat with community.
February 7th - 13th (Sold Out)
February 25th - March 3rd
One of Africa’s most renowned guides and conservationists. 4th generation of Cottar family.
The most charming guide and warrior raised in Olderkesi Conservancy.
A life-long guide and tracker with a sense of humor and world of experience.
Co-host, Founder of Kin, former resident of Kenya.
100 YEAR LEGACY
In 1909, Charles Cottar read of Teddy Roosevelt’s infamous hunting expeditions in Africa and moved from Oklahoma to Kenya to start his own outfitting business. He was an infamous hunter who survived an elephant, buffalo, and three leopard attacks before finally succumbing to a deadly rhino charge in 1939. His grandson Calvin Cottar now leads the family camp which has evolved into a model of community-owned conservation.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
“The most genuine, life-changing experience I have ever had, and even saying that is not enough.”
— Lyon Porter, NYC
PERFECT, PRIVATE, IMMERSION
Our journeys are all about transformation which seem to occur on the balance point between the perfect plan and a love for deviating from it for the spontaneous, magical things that arise. As with all Kin trips, we encourage you to join all that inspires you and opt-out of whatever you'd like to have a safari camp all to yourself.
MAASAI MARA, KENYA
Cottars 1920's Camp in the Olderkesi Conservancy abutting the Maasai Mara National Reserve, an easy 45-min flight from Nairobi which is charted by Kin and included in trip.
STUNNING, CLASSIC, LUXURY
The Fly Camp is comprised of 8 tents, each nestled in wilderness with heavenly beds and their own bathroom and shower, a large mess tent with dining table, lounge and bar. After 4 nights in the plains, we make our way to 1920's camp.
The camp has a main tent area with dining room, bar and lounge for relaxing. As well, there is a spa and lower pool with tented lounge for relaxing after a day of adventures.
There are 10 tents at 1920s camp, each with an en suite bathrooms and a few with living rooms and fireplaces. Coffee or tea is delivered every morning and a bush bath with bubbles on your porch by request.
The Bush Villa features a large living room, dining room, magnificent viewing deck, and 5 en-suite bedrooms, all with stunning views. It comes with a dedicated staff.
MASTERFUL, ORGANIC, FARM-FRESH
Food and Drink
Cottar's has built and refined a staff of true, career hospitality professionals. One server was trained by Calvin's grandfather and has served the dining table almost his entire life.
Meals are a mouth-watering introduction to inland and coastal African cooking traditions and modern, farm-fresh creations, largely drawn from an organic vegetable garden on property. Every shared space has a bar and a regal bartender with a fez to shake a drink, and every Landcruiser has a cooler for sundowners.
THRIVING, COMMUNITY-OWNED, ICONIC
Cottars is one of thirteen accredited Global Ecosphere Retreats (GER’s) in the world for their demonstrated ability and commitment to achieve sustainability through the 4Cs
(conservation, community, culture and commerce).
We invest ~$750 of each ticket in the work of Cottars Wildlife Conservation Trust (CWCT) which support a 7,800 acre wildlife conservancy and critical migratory corridor for wildlife in partnership with Maasai communities. This involves the management of ranger team to secure the animals from poachers and protect the habitat from deforestation - and the structuring of benefits for community members who contribute their lands in a joint venture for conservation. Our trips are uniquely led by the directors of the conservancy and each group is put to work as a cohort to solve for a priority objective or challenge for which our skills are useful - often buildling upon progress from the Kin groups before. Currently, our focus is on women's entrepreneurship and expanding the conservancy and ranger program.