Cottar’s 1920’s camp depends very much on the wilderness, Masai people and wildlife around its location, and to assist in this the Cottar family has initiated the ‘Cottar Wildlife Conservation Trust (CWCT).
The underlying premise of our CWCT wildlife conservation strategy is that nothing of value is ever for free, nor can anything sustainable be achieved without ownership and commitment by the intended beneficiaries.
The CWCT goal is to conserve wildlife and wilderness and support human development as our primary interconnected objectives.
Cottar’s 1920s Camp is an Alliance member of the Zeitz Foundation Long Run Initiative. In 2012/2013, Cottar’s 1920’s Camp is seeking to obtain the Zeitz Foundation Global Ecosphere Retreats Certification Status.
Part of Cottar’s 1920s Camp philosophy is to align to the 4C’s: Conservation, Community, Culture and Commerce:
Conservation: Safeguarding the biodiversity and integrity of the Mara-Serengeti ecosystem , supporting and leading in sustainable development and minimizing our businesses environmental footprint are all part of our business model and ethic. Our 6,000 plus acre conservancy in the key migratory corridor between the Serengeti and Masai Mara reserves is just one aspect of our conservation efforts.
Community: The Cottar's do not believe in owning large tracks of land in Africa, but rather manage land on behalf of the Masai community partners.
Cottars Camp maintains close ties to neighboring communities and is keen to address the challenges they face.Through Cottars Wildlife Conservation Trust, we are have been able to assist the community with different successful projects.
Commerce: The Cottar's are in partnership with the Masai community and manage their land on their behalf (for wildlife use) at rates competitive with other economic uses providing alternative livelihood opportunities.
Culture: Cottars Camp is neighbored by the Maasai community, a tribe that has so far maintained its traditional way of life. To ensure its guests don’t miss out on the intricacies of this vibrant culture, Cottars take them on excursions to various Maasai villages for them to experience Maasai culture first hand. We also provide a market for beadwork and other traditional handicrafts produced by Maasai women as an additional way of preserving Maasai culture and support for development.