Cottar's Bush Villa
Cottar's Bush Villa - Swimming Pool Cottar's Bush Villa - Twin room
Cottar's Bush Villa - Swimming Pool
Cottar's Bush Villa - Twin room

Cottar's Bush Villa

The villa was designed by Calvin and Louise Cottar and built by hand using indigenous and eco-friendly materials. The villa is managed within the same area as Cottar’s 1920's Safari Camp, and guests can enjoy the same levels of service and standard for which the camp is known. For those that want absolute privacy in the Maasai Mara, combined with dedicated and discreet staff, award-winning guides, and an abundance of wildlife, Cottar’s Bush Villa offers the only real private luxury home in the Maasai Mara.




  • History, the Cottar family have been operating luxury tented safaris since 1919, and have been part of the Mara community for over 9 decades.
  • Location, Cottar’s 1920’s is set in exquisite hills in a unique private 7,000 acre game concession, adjoining the Serengeti and Maasai Mara game reserves.
  • Highly qualified guides, with only 23 Gold-standard ‘Kenya Professional Safari Guide’ qualified guides in Kenya, Cottar’s are pleased to announce they have an impressive 3 Gold-level KPSGA guides.
  • Absolute privacy combined with dedicated and discrete staff, the Bush Villa offers the only real private luxury home in the Mara
  • 5 ensuite bedrooms, all with stunning views 
  • Game vehicle(s) and a dedicated guide are provided to guests throughout their stay
  • A 25m swimming pool sits in the grounds of the Private Bush Villa and is exclusively available to the Private Bush Villa

Need to Know

The Private Bush Villa can be rented only on an exclusive basis.

CLIMATE - Warm, dry days, and cool nights, no humidity

Guides ~ All our guides speak English and Kiswahili
Management ~ Kiswahili and English

Wi-Fi: The Camp and Bush Villa have free Wi-Fi connectivity.
Mobile phones: There is good phone signal at the Bush Villa. A wireless phone
is also available at a fee in the office.

Cottar’s Bush Villa uses electricity generated by wind, solar and generator. Rooms have 240v electricity when the generator is on. Lights run off the inverter, and therefore work
24 hours. Guests can recharge their camera batteries in the house, cars and the manager’s office. Guests are recommended to bring converters & universal plug adaptors.

Guests are given a free refilable waterbottle on arrival and drinking water is provided free of charge.


Our safaris are tailor made to reflect our clients preferences. We have the Safari Chic, Bush & Beach and the Honeymoon Itineraries. We also have our Luxury Mobile Camping experiences. We 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-lodges and cultural visits. Safaris can also be organized in mobile tents, at our award-winning Cottar’s 1920's Camp in the Masai Mara, or in our private homestead combined with other camps, lodges and locations.

Wildlife HighlightsWildlife Highlights

Cottar’s maintains the original safari tradition and feel of the 1920's. An authentic white 1920's style camp, with no fences or man-made structures (other than roads) for hundreds of kilometers The South East Mara has most of the Mara’s Rhino population, so Cottar’s guests see them often. There are also many lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, gazelle and other migratory wildlife. Colobus monkeys can be seen in the hills behind the camp. The hills are great for hill walks, where Verreaux Eagles can be seen on cliff nesting sites, as well as rare chandlers reedbuck in the moor like hill tops. Cottar’s is situated far from the Mara River, and recommends that guests who particularly wish to see the migration crossing the river stay in a lodge closer to the river, and visit Cottar’s Camp for the traditional migration experience in far more privacy and away from the mass tourism experience of the crossings. Cottar’s does have a varied hilly terrain & wilderness feel to its area, making drives private. Pure wilderness, privacy & uninterrupted views ~ no cars or other lodges, no balloons ~ this is what is different about our area.


Local ActivitiesLocal Activities

  • Day & Night Game Drives
  • Guided Bush Walks
  • Running with Maasai
  • Bush Meals &Sundowners
  • Cultural Visits
  • Maasai Warrior School
  • River Swimming & Fishing
  • Swimming Pool (main camp & Private House)
  • Massage & Spa treatments
  • Gift Shop


  • Swimming Pool
  • Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Massage and Spa treatments
  • Nanny - free of charge
  • Showers with hot running water
  • Flushable toilets
  • Electricity


The contemporary African style house can be rented only on an exclusive basis and comes with a dedicated staff of 8. The house has a large living room, a dining room, two magnificent viewing decks and 5 ensuite bedrooms, all with stunning views, Game vehicle(s) and a dedicated guide are provided to guests throughout their stay. A 25m swimming pool sits in the grounds of the Private Bush Villa and is exclusively available to the Private Bush Villa guests.


  • Global Ecosphere Retreat
  • GOLD Eco rating certification ~ Ecotourism Kenya,
  • 2014/2015
  • 2014 Fodors Travel Awards – ‘Trip of a lifetime’ category
  • Nominee Kenya’s Leading Safari Camp – World Travel
  • Awards
  • Virgin HIP Hotel
  • Nominee for Best Safari Product in East Africa, Best Safari Guide Team, Best Ecological Property, Best Community Property ~ Good Safari Guide, 2014/5
  • Finalist Best Safari Guiding Team & Best Safari Property in East Africa ~ Good Safari Guide, 2014/15
  • Best Guide ~ Harper’s Bazaar
  • 101 Best Hotels ~ Tatler Travel Guide
  • The 50 Best Camp Sites ~ The Independent


Open all year round

Average StayAverage Stay

There is a minimum of 3 night bookings at Private House (max 10 pax)

On average guests usually stay for 3 nights


Average PriceAverage Room Prices

(per person per night unless otherwise stated)

Rates start from US$ 922 per person sharing per night (inclusive of full board accommodation and park fees) 

Children PolicyChild Policy

We are a child friendly camp and we do take children of all ages. We understand that family safaris are extremely important and we take considerable time, care and attention to ensure it will be a holiday of a lifetime. We can arrange early dinners and children’s menus. Special activities for the active older children (through our Maasai Warrior school programme) can also be organised. A nanny is available on request and free of charge to baby sit when you are out for meals or activities.

Children 0-5 yrs are free of charge; a child in his/her own room will be charged a single room rate.

Contact and Social Media

To find out more call us on +44 (0)1865 982290 or email us at enquiries at

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