COTTAR'S 1920'S PRIVATE HOMESTEAD
Cottar’s 1920s Private Homestead in the Mara has a timeless unspoiled setting with sunset views stretching to distant horizons of the Maasai Mara and the Serengeti plains where game abounds.
Cottar’s is situated in the 7000 acre private Cottar's conservancy on Olderikesi group ranch is a unique wilderness area bordering the Serengeti Maasai Mara and Loliondo reserves.
Cottar’s Private Homestead offers alternative accommodation to guests that prefer absolute privacy. It is a luxuriously appointed exclusive use Mara homestead situated away from the main camp with a dedicated staff of 8 which include a private safari guide and game drive vehicle.
This contemporary African style house was designed by Calvin and Louise Cottar and built by hand using indigenous and eco-friendly materials. It has a stunning views onto the savanna plains and is set amidst a backdrop of the Olderikesi Hills.
The house is over 10,000 square feet in size and features a large living room, dining room, a magnificent viewing deck and 5 ensuite bedrooms all with stunning views. The house has internet access throughout, satellite TV and DVD, and is powered with electric and solar energy. A private 25m swimming pool sits in the grounds of the villa. Optional massages are available in the privacy of the house and should they wish to do so, guests at the private homestead could make use of the Cottar's 1920s Camp boutique and other facilities.
ACTIVITIES AND WILDLIFE
The area is largely untouched by tourism or development with no fences or man-made structures other than roads for hundreds of miles around. It offers exclusivity and privacy with a very low vehicle density and the added benefits of walks and day and night drives.
The south east Maasai Mara where this conservancy is located is where most of the Mara's rhino population occurs. There are also many lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, gazelle and other migratory wildlife. The terrain is varied with hills - which are great for walks to see Colobus monkeys, Verreaux eagles nesting on the cliffs, and possibly the rare Chandler's reedbuck on the hill tops.
Daily activities are tailored to ensure a unique safari programme - all guides are highly qualified and as an optional additional extra exclusive-use of a safari vehicle can be reserved.
Day and Night Game Drives – you can visit both inside the Masai Mara National Reserve and outside in the 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.
Guided Bush Walks - all walks are led by a professional guide and accompanied by a licensed gun bearer. Bush walks can start from camp or can be a part of a game drive and they give you the chance to view the unique ecosystem from a completely different perspective, to learn about botany and entomology and how to interpret animal tracks and signs.
Sundowners and a Bush Dinner - dinner is setup out in the conservancy under the vast African sky with sundowners by the fire to start followed by a three course meal and accompanied by the fantastic sounds of the wilderness at night.
Spa Treatments – enjoy a treatments at the Spa which is located near the main Mess Tent area - only organic ingredients are used and you can choose the ingredients to make your spa experience truly bespoke (at extra cost).
Swimming – the Camp has a swimming pool for guests to enjoy as and when they wish.
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, 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.
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 indigenous 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 and our aim is to plant 30,000 indigenous trees every year.
Local School Visit - spend a few hours visiting our local primary school where 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 Warrior School (all ages) - children and families are invited to learn the ways of a warrior with the African bush as your classroom. A session includes spear throwing ; bow and arrow practice; Maasai jumping, dancing and singing and tracking, depending on age and ability.
Traditional Canvas Bath - after a day out game driving soak and relax in our unique canvas bush bath. A traditional style canvas bath is set up in the open-air outside your tent - as you bathe you can enjoy the wild beauty of the Masai Mara.
Maasai Singing and Dancing
Under the vast African sky, while enjoying an evening cocktails by the fire, guests get to enjoy the time-honoured celebration of song and dance by our local Maasai warriors.
Maasai Village Visit (extra payable) - visit a Maasai Village and experience their rich culture. This involves a trip to their Manyattas, local market with wonderful Maasai artefacts for sale, their live-stock and much more. You will learn about ancient traditions as well as contemporary struggles and adaptations to modern life.