- Exclusive deluxe villa
- Prime wildlife viewing location
- Fully staffed including safari vehicle and guide
- Private day and night game drives
Cottar’s Bush Villa is an exclusive property situated within a large private concession in the game rich Maasai Mara, south western Kenya. This elegant, upmarket retreat is located in the vast wilderness bordering both the Maasai Mara and Serengeti game reserves, in an area renowned for its wildlife. The sleek, contemporary villa is available to rent on an exclusive basis and is ideal for groups and families. The property offers deluxe accommodation to 12 guests along with attentive, discreet service from a dedicated team of staff. Boasting excellent guiding and superb game viewing, Cotter’s Bush Villa will appeal to travellers at higher end of the budget spectrum seeking an exclusive and highly comfortable safari experience in a stylish, private setting.
The villa sits flanked by the Olderkesi Hills with sweeping views of the surrounding savannah which plays host to diverse and abundant wildlife including lion, leopard, giraffe, hyena, elephant, rhino, and cheetah, plus over 450 species of birds. The region is famed for the annual July to November migration when thousands of wildebeest and zebra cross from the Serengeti to the Mara, and the property’s prime location ensures a ringside seat for this breath-taking spectacle.
Extensive guest areas at the villa include a spacious lounge with satellite TV and a DVD player, and an elegant dining room. Outside is an expansive viewing deck overlooking the Mara plains. Adjacent to the house is a lovely 25m swimming pool, with yet more amazing views. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout.
Activities include private day and night game drives with highly trained professional guides, for which private safari vehicles and guides are provided. Guided walks, river swimming, and fishing are also on offer, as well as atmospheric alfresco sundowners and dinners in a secluded bush location. Balloon safaris can be arranged subject to additional cost. Massages and spa treatments are also available.
The accommodation comprises five sleek and spacious bedrooms, situated on the ground and first floors. All have either double or twin beds and ensuite bathrooms with shower, and some with bath. Each room comes with a tranquil private veranda or patio with panoramic views.
Children of all ages are warmly welcome. Under 5s stay free of charge, and several of the rooms can accommodate an extra bed as required. Early dinners and children’s menus are available, along with a programme of child friendly activities. A complimentary babysitting service is provided upon request.
We had an amazing trip. Everything was well thought out and so much fun. What a great way to truly see the country and learn the culture.
Joseph was the perfect guide. Very kind, professional, knowledgeable and patient. The kids loved Joseph and keep asking when will they meet him again. He found the Big 5 for us which was unforgettable! Please pass along our appreciation to Joseph.
Maji Moto was also another incredible experience. They had great customer service and we loved experiencing their culture.
Sunbird was absolutely beautiful and I wish we had more time there. We loved the view of the lake!
One suggestion to make the trip even better for other guests in the future would be to have a cooler with drinks and snacks in the Jeep at all times because a ton of driving is involved and it would be helpful to have a cold drink and snacks during the long trip.
Thanks again for organizing this experience of a lifetime for us!
Brandon H reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 12 June 2019
We had an amazing time thank you. The itinerary was great as we felt like we saw lots of different things and it kept it interesting for our daughter. She especially loved the gorge at Hells Gate.
Unfortunately the Menengai Crater walk was a bit hard for her although that probably had something to do with how hot it was!
We especially loved the Sunbird Lodge - it is such a beautiful place and all the staff were so incredibly welcoming and friendly.
Our guide, Joseph, was exceptional too and we can’t speak highly enough of him.
Suzanne S reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 30 April 2019
The trip was amazing everything was better than we could have imagined.
There was a moment climbing the mount Kenya where my wife accused me of tricking her into doing this (half kidding) as some of the nights got pretty cold, but we were dressed well and the sunrise at the peak was astonishing.
Safari was spectacular, Ben who was our main guide and driver was awesome! We saw everything excepts rhinos which were more of a hope than a reality. We also were able to watch a rock python eat a Thompson gazel live. It was one of the most interesting and unsettling things I have ever seen.
Just overall, so many moments that make you think wow or I can't believe I am here. Thank you for your help in getting everything set up. I don't believe I could have booked the trip without your help and guidance. It was an amazing way to start our marriage and truly the trip of a lifetime!
William K reviewing 11 Day Mount Kenya Trek and Masai Mara Safari Combined on 29 October 2018