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 our trips and our travel spending powers the Cottars Wildlife Conservation Trust, specifically to empower women and girls through access to education and livelihoods rooted in conservation like launching one of the first female ranger programs.
Oct 14th - Oct 20th
Oct 26th - Nov 1st (6 spots)
bonus night at 1920s Camp, flexible cancellation
Director of Cottars Wildlife Conservation Trust and our beautiful, loving host.
One of the many incredible guides and warriors raised in Olderkesi Conservancy.
A life-long guide and tracker with a sense of humor and world of experience.
Trip Lead and Kin Host, a young conservation leader and extraordinary safari guide
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.
ITINERARY: DAY 1
Private charter flight over the Great Rift Valley
Big 5 Game Drive through Conservancy to Fly Camp
Sundowners, bush dinner and Maasai warrior dance.
STUNNING, CLASSIC, LUXURY
The Conservancy 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 3 nights in the plains, we make our way to 1920's camp for 3 nights.
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, all with dedicated room staff. A fire in the fireplace or bush baths with bubbles on your porch upon request.
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 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).
Our tourism spending powers the work of Cottars Wildlife Conservation Trust (CWCT) and Olderkesi community who own and manage a 7,800 acre wildlife conservancy and critical migratory corridor for wildlife. 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 empowering female rangers.