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Cottars 1920s Camp

Opulently styled and well-serviced safari camp, slightly out on a limb


Opulently furnished in the style of the early 20th century camps with zebra-skin rugs, four poster beds and high canopied tents, the camp is quite overwhelming in terms of style, and perhaps won't suit everyone. It does, however, provide an unusual experience and certainly stands apart from the other more traditional camps.

The one draw-back of giving such a magnificent first impression is the necessity to ensure that the 'back-stage' lives up to the high standards of style by providing an equally breathtaking experience in service, food and wildlife. Service and food can be a little bit shaky and the it is quite a distance from the centre of the wildlife action.

Calvin Cottar, the son of one of the great pioneers of hunting and subsequently photographic safaris, is an excellent guide and a very pleasant host. However, contrary to the implication on the web-site which leads you to expect to be personally guided and hosted by Calvin, his services come at an additional fee and there are managers responsible for hosting in-camp.

Cottars is a great experience for those wanting a little bit of 'Out of Africa' but probably not the best place to be for the die-hard nature enthusiasts or those that want to get down and see the real, unadulterated Africa. It is worth comparing other places in the Mara for value once you have an idea of what your priorities are.

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