Mara Conservancies

Cottar's Bush Villa


The Mara in private

Cottar’s Bush Villa, set in a 3,000-hectare private conservancy in southeast Mara, is a completely private residence with the same high standards of luxury and committed to conservation and the local community as its sister camp.

It’s airy and contemporary yet very much of its place, built by hand using indigenous and eco-friendly materials and with breathtaking view onto the savannah plains. Over 900 square metres of living space include five large bedrooms for groups of up 12, lounge, viewing deck and dining spaces as well as a fabulous swimming pool.

You’ll be greeted by a dedicated and discrete staff of eight, private guides and game drive vehicles, and an abundance of wildlife.


At a glance

  • Five bedrooms

  • Swimming pool

  • Expansive living spaces

  • Private game drive vehicles

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    Day and night game drives

    Visit both the Masai Mara National Reserve and the OlderKesi Conservancy. You can do either morning, evening or day-long game drives, searching for the Mara’s iconic wildlife.

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    Guided walks

    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, giving you the chance to view the unique ecosystem from a completely different perspective.

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    Life of a hunter-gatherer

    A journey into the vanishing world of Letilet the Maasai/Il-Torobo hunter-gatherer tribe. Spend a few hours roaming the surrounding bush and savannah with Letilet and let him take you into his world of wonder, listen and learn from him about multiple facets of Il Torobo and Maasai traditions and everyday life.

Community & Culture

Cottar's maintains close ties to neighbouring communities and is keen to address the challenges they face. Through the Cottar's Wildlife Conservation Trust (CWCT) the Camp has for many years actively supported the Maasai community’s struggle to obtain land tenure which has been one of the main impediments to community development in South East Mara. Without land tenure, communities are essentially squatters on the land and therefore have no claim or decision-making power with regards to its use.

Cottar's business model aims to balances out its commercial needs with its responsibilities to neighbouring communities. It always re-invests in the community through bursaries, training, providing medical care and by offering employment. More than 40% of employees are from the Maasai community, and they are actively encouraged to show off their culture by wearing traditional dress and selling handicrafts.


Non-profit organization The Cottar’s Wildlife Conservation Trust works to conserve important wildlife corridors in and around the Maasai Mara and Serengeti National Reserves. One of the ways it does this is by leasing land from the Maasai community. The trust also helps to protect biodiversity by teaching these nearby communities about conservation.

Vultures are an important part of the ecosystem, and the Raptor Rehabilitation Centre helps to treat these threatened birds who are often poisoned. Among the first to respond in such cases is Olderkesi conservancy. Their conservation work goes even further, with the women’s groups of the conservancy running a 100-hive bee project that both supports conservation efforts and generates income.

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