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Cottar’s Bush Villa

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- Exclusive deluxe villa
- Prime wildlife viewing location
- Fully staffed including safari vehicle and guide
- Private day and night game drives

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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.

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  • We had a great time - even with the flight between Governors and the coast being two flights and a car! We also experienced a power cut At Nairobi airport on the way home so 2+ hours late taking off. Governors. Wonderful people and dealt with the flight delay very well - taking us back and letting us know that we could stay there if the flight was delayed overnight. The game drives were excellent and our guide (Erick) obviously very experienced and managed to find all the key animals - no rhino in that part of the Masai Mara but everything else in abundance - never seen so many herbivores (many many elephants as well as all the others) as well as two prides of lions. Could not have asked for more. The ‘tent’ was excellent and comfortable and well serviced. The only ‘complaint’ would be that the food - especially dinner - could be improved (I think we got a bit bored of soup as a starter for every meal bar one) and the main courses were not at the same level as Kinondo Kwetu and while all were explained there was no choice offered. The breakfasts were just what was needed after an early game drive. Kinondo Kwetu. What a great location and the welcome when we arrived at just gone 11.00pm was better than you could have ever thought possible - they we’re disappointed that we did not at that time want the full dinner experience! The rooms we’re comfortable. The food was excellent but again no choice was offered - other than for allergy reasons (which we do not have). May be some choice would be nice. Having said that the food we did have was excellent as were the wines (albeit a short list!) and other drinks. There were (as you know) lots of facilities/sports options - but we spent our time relaxing which was exactly what we needed and there were lots of places to do that. Overall. We would go back to both places - perhaps a few more nights at Kinondo Kwetu next time but 3 nights at Governors was perfect for us. Thank you for organising and recommending both places. That you and your colleague for trying to find out about the plane (flat tyre) but communication by the flight company left a lot to be desired (Governors were furious that they were not told and had taken us to the airstrip). Phil

    MissingPhilip R reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Kenya Beach on 01 September 2023

  • We had the most incredible time thank you. We loved Karen Blixen camp and felt part of a family there, it was incredibly special. And Breezes was very relaxing.
    We can't fault all the transfers and the moment we were greeted on the tarmac at Nairobi airport we knew we were going to be well cared for.

    Thank you so much to you and all the Tourdust team for making it such a happy and memorable trip.

    MissingZoe A reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Kenya Beach on 27 August 2019

  • 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!

    MissingBrandon H reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 12 June 2019

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