Tatler Travel Guide
"‘Nobody knows the bush better or can guide you more safely… Not only were we able to see places of astonishing beauty to which more regular safari outfits never go, but Calvin was able to educate us by sharing his unprecedented knowledge of animal behavior."




Nearly a century since 1919, Cottar's Safari Services has been organizing bespoke safaris to Africa for discerning travelers and African specialist travel agents.  The service provides advice on where to go, develops personalized itineraries, and organizes expeditions to far flung places, accompanied by our hand-selected professional safari guides.  Many of our safaris have been written about in classic and contemporary Africana and safari history books.

We can organize a breadth of African experience - from month long remote adventure expeditions to unexplored South Sudan to honeymoon safari and surf trips to family eco-lodge and cultural visits. We are in the business of making lifelong memories for our guests, providing just the right amount of adventure,  adrenaline, elegance and comfort. Safaris can be organized in mobile tents, at our award-winning Cottar’s 1920s Camp in the Masai Mara, or in our private homestead combined with other camps, lodges and locations.

At the Cottar’s 1920s Camp and Cottar’s Private Homestead, we focus on a very special part of Africa in the country of Kenya, in a unique wilderness area adjacent to the Serengeti National Park of Tanzania and the Masai Mara National Reserve of Kenya. This area is home to the largest concentration of terrestrial wildlife on earth - the immense wildebeest, zebra and plains game migration that numbers over to 2.5 million animals.

The landscape is high altitude (6000 ft) rolling savannah, with no fences or man made structures to corrupt the wilderness, and with pure wildlife that has not been trans located or manipulated by man. We have some of the highest success rates of big five sightings in the business - although our focus is never on ‘ticking off’ the check list of species; rather we focus on the quality and privacy  of the viewing, the interpretation and ‘capturing the moment.’

At the time of going to print, the Cottar's safari team comprises the largest number of gold standard Kenya Professional Safari Guides in Kenya.

Cottars Private Homestead
Cottars Private Homestead living room