History Meets Conservation with These Two Legacy Properties In Kenya
Laikipia to the Maasai Mara – Two properties committed to conservation
- 3 nights – Lewa Wilderness, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Laikipia
- 4 nights – Cottar’s 1920s Camp, Olderkesi Conservancy, Maasai Mara
Domestic Schedule Flights
- Wilson Airport (08h00) to Lewa Downs Airstrip (09h30)
- Lewa Downs Airstrip (09h05) to Cottars Airstrip (11h00)
- Cottars Airstrip (11h00) to Wilson Airport (12h00)
- See the ‘Big Five’ without the crowds
- Meet Maasai warriors and learn about their culture and traditions
- Horse riding in the Lewa Conservancy
- Camel ride through the wilderness
- Visit the Ngare Ndare Forest and Waterfalls
- Take a hot-air balloon flight over the Maasai Mara
- Bush walks
- Spa treatments
- Traditional canvas bush bath experience
- Delicious food
- Conservation activities
Cottar’s 1920s Camp
CONTRIBUTE TO – CONSERVATION, COMMUNITY, CULTURE & COMMERCE
“Within Kenya, Cottar’s and their 1920’s Camp keep a very low profile, but globally this small, family-run, purpose-driven company punches way above its weight.” – Travel + Leisure
Representing vintage safari luxury at its best, the award-winning Cottar’s 1920s Camp boasts its own 7,608-acre private conservancy and is situated just one kilometre from one of Earth’s natural wonders: the Masai Mara National Reserve and, across the border in Tanzania, contiguous Serengeti region. Run by the continent’s first and longest-running safari family owners, it embodies the original, romantic spirit of adventurous African travel.
Having been providing safaris for more than 100 years, the Cottar family focuses on providing authentic, individualised safari experiences and continuing a legacy founded on wilderness, wildlife, comfort and security, as well as honouring a balance between conservation, prosperous commerce, community and culture.
Our 1920s Camp provides the romance of safari under cream-coloured canvas tents – the bygone style of safaris’ golden age while, at the same time, supplying amenities required by modern-day travellers and professional guides whose qualifications rank among the highest in Africa.
The beauty of Lewa Wilderness isn’t just in the incredible scenery and wildlife explored daily with wildlife drives – but in the wealth of activities and experiences to be had at every turn. Situated on the edge of one of Kenya’s most private wildlife and environmental conservation projects, the wildlife-rich Lewa provides guests a home-away-from-home experience that’s hard to find these days.
When you arrive at the lodge, you’ll immediately feel like you’re with family. Just nine exclusive rooms dot the Lewa Wilderness landscape. Six cottages are tucked into the hillside overlooking the sprawling Eastern Marania Valley, plus a further three garden cottages that are cozy yet expansive are set amongst the beautiful lawn.
Lewa Wilderness goes beyond the wildlife drive, with exceptional wildlife and wilderness viewing opportunities. From the traditional wildlife viewing vehicles (they’ve recently converted one of their Landcruisers to be 100% electric), to guided walks and breathtaking scenic flights in the retro yellow WACO bi-plane to unforgettable horse riding safaris for all ages and levels and even camel riding and fly camping.
As a guest, you are automatically supporting the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, renowned for both its pioneering conservation initiatives as well as community and education programs.
This welcoming and intimate lodge is especially favoured amongst families and couples looking for an adventure that has a great deal more heart. Lewa Wilderness prides itself on having many guests return year after year, arriving as friends – and leaving as family.