There’s nothing quite like the thrill of seeing your first animals in the wild on safari in Africa. Baby elephants splashing at the watering hole; a herd of stripped zebra grazing in a savannah valley; a towering giraffe craning up its neck to nibble on tree leaves or a gorilla peering through dense jungle vegetation. While some animals are more widespread across the continent, others inhabit more specific geographical zones. Use the helpful guide below to decide where to go on safari depending on which animals you are hoping to catch sight of.


Antelopes and Zebra

Members of the antelope family are among the most common over the African continent so you’re likely to observe them in most safari destinations. Of particular note, in Kenya you’ll spot various types of horned animals like impalas, spiral-horned antelopes, Coke’s hartebeest, white-bearded wildebeest as well as both Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelles. The best time to spot these herds is during the annual Great Migration, when 1.5 million animals make a circular tour between Tanzania’s Serengeti and Kenya’s Masai Mara. You can see a great range of this family in South Africa; especially Impala, Kudu, Blue wildebeest, Burchell’s zebra and the local famous springbok.

The largest of the antelope family, the African Buffalo, roams the open savannahs of Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania, Namibia and South Africa. These large beasts can weigh up to 750 kg and usually feature among animals seen on safari.


Constant grazers, graceful giraffe are generally found in grassland areas of Kenya, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia. They can reach heights of up to 5.5 meters and usually travel in herds and roam specific territory of between 20 km and 70 km, depending on accessible food.

Elephants, Rhinoceros and Hippopotamuses

Of the large big game animals, elephants are the most widespread and commonly visible on safari. The majestic creatures are quite impressive, and general appear in a parade, but it’s important to keep your distance, particularly if there are young ones present. Hippos can be less common, however, a good safari guide could find them for you in Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia and South Africa.

Rhinos are a different story and are some of the hardest animals to catch sight of. This is in great part due to their low numbers from intense poaching. Since 1961 South Africa has been actively involved in protecting and increasing the population of black and white rhinos and Kruger Park is now home to the world’s largest population. In Kenya you can find the largest population of black rhinos in the Masai Mara National Park and white rhinos in the Lake Nakuru National Park.

Cats and Dogs

Of course the most famous African animals are two of the “Big Five”: the lion and the leopard, the cheetah follows closely in third place. These large cats are rather widespread and can be found in South Africa, Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania and Namibia. Lions stand out from the other big cats as they are social animals and tend to live in prides of 20 to 30 members with one to three males. You have very good chances of seeing lions on safari in Kenya’s Masai Mara while leopards are much more elusive. Other unique cats you might spot on are wildcats, servals and caracals.

Among African dogs, the spotted hyena are very widespread across popular safari destinations as are African wild dogs. Black-backed and side-striped jackals and bat-eared foxes can be found in South Africa and Kenya, where you might also catch the spotted aardwolf.


You don’t even have to go on an official “safari” to encounter different breeds of these cheeky animals while visiting Africa. Monkeys are likely to come snooping around your accommodation for food and baboons can be found on roadside lookouts near forests trying to acquire leftovers (or more) from motorists. Of specific interest, in Kenya you could see a variety of monkeys including blue, Syke’s, copper-tailed, red-tailed and vervet in addition to the olive baboon. If you would like to do a focused gorilla trekking safari, then there are good options in the mountains of Uganda and Rwanda.

Smaller Creatures

Part of the fun of safari is also catching sight of smaller animals racing or poking up along your path. These could include the African hare, the Kenyan tree squirrel, the springhare, the Southern African crested porcupine, mongoose and the adorably odd looking warthog.

Unique Safari Experiences in Kenya’s Masai Mara

One of the best ways to truly experience the animals of Africa on safari is with the unique experiences offered by Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp. Bordering the Maasai Mara National Reserve and only one kilometer from the Tanzania Serengeti game reserve, Cottar’s upholds five generations of safari traditions through their luxury camp, luxury bush villa and their excellent range of safari experiences, like their unique game walks. These are led by a professional guide of the camp who is accompanied by a licensed gun bearer. They give visitors the chance to observe the unique ecosystem from a closeup perspective. This provides a living textbook from which you can learn about botany and entomology in addition to how to interpret animal tracks and signs.

In addition to their luxury camp, Cottar’s has a gorgeous private Bush Villa. The 10,000 sq ft villa features a spacious, stylish living room, dining room, a large viewing deck, five en-suite bedrooms and a 25m infinity pool. Its guests enjoy their own private vehicles, guides, dinning and other activities.

Experience a safari holiday like no other in Kenya’s Masai Mara with Cottar’s here.

Finding the perfect luxury holiday rental that will please the whole family can be one of the most challenging aspects of planning a vacation, especially for an extra special occasion like the festive season. Mountain retreats with heavenly private spa facilities; beachfront villas and Tuscan getaways designed with children in mind; amazing African adventures or a villa within resort which has a fabulous and fun holiday program, savour an unforgettable family holiday this year at these spectacular and luxurious rentals.

La Datcha – Val Thorens, France

For families wanting to stay active both inside and outside this Christmas, the stunning La Datcha Chalet is the place to stay. Located in the French resort of Val Thorens, the sprawling 1200 m² chalet is currently available the week of December 23rd through Ultimate Luxury Chalets. It features the has exceptional views over the resort and mountains as well as an incredible range of private facilities from a swimming pool to a Formula 1 simulator.

Take the luxurious chalet’s lift in between its five floors including comfortable common rooms with vast south-facing windows, eight spacious ensuite bedrooms, a swimming pool, indoor and outdoor hot tubs, a hammam, a sauna and a gym. Hours of fun can be enjoyed in the two cinema rooms or over rounds of golf on the golf simulator or racing around your favourite race track on the Formula 1 simulator.

The chalet is equipped with staff on hand throughout your stay to ensure you have a perfect family ski trip. The chalet also has a wonderful chef who can prepare exquisite holiday meals with delicious French festive season specialties.

Create special family memories in the French Alps with Ultimate Luxury Chalets here.

Greensleeves Villa – Barbados

The gorgeous Greensleeves villa, found on Barbados’ breathtaking west coast and in the repertoire of Blue Sky Luxury, is the perfect holiday retreat for families who would like relax right on the beach within the exquisite privacy or their own tropical paradise.

This stunning nine-bedroom villa sits on three acres of land with over 600 feet of oceanfront and two breathtaking beaches. Golden bamboo-framed, Mongolian temple doors at the entrance usher you over a Japanese water garden, brimming with colourful koi. Greenery and tropical flowers, provide a verdant oasis for hummingbirds and whistling frogs.

Families will adore the villa’s spacious two-bedroom children’s wing featuring magical bunk beds and a jungle gym, a separate kitchen with a lounge and adjoining nanny accommodation – just in case you need a break from the little ones! For your leisure, head to the in-house cinema with its high-tech entertainment system; cool and plush – complete with popcorn or lounge by the free-form pool, which boasts a mini island with coconut trees and swim-up bar. For some active pursuits there is a private floodlit tennis court in a large, a lovely shady park across the road or the white sandy beach in front of your luxury villa, perfect for snorkeling and watersports.

The efficient and warm staff and concierge service is on hand to cater to all guests’ needs throughout their stay and ensure that your every need is met – from the airport meet-and-greet, to in-house spa treatments and reservation of your activities, like those suggested specifically for families in this useful article by Blue Sky Luxury.

Reach out to Blue Sky Luxury here to start planning your dream family end of year holiday to Barbados or be tempted there in this great preview of the villa.

Villa Trevo, VILA VITA Parc – Algarve, Portugal

Families looking to enjoy the facilities of a fully-staffed five-star resort and a festive holiday ambiance, all within the privacy of your own exclusive, free-standing property, then the Villa Trevo is an excellent option. Located in the VILA VITA Parc Resort & Spa on Portugal’s Algarve coast, the stunning clifftop villa boosts the finest luxury amenities, incredible views of the Atlantic and can accommodate up to 12 guests.

Dramatic views of the coastline and the shimmering blue Atlantic can be admired from all of its five bedrooms, as well as from the main lounge, gardens, terraces and the pool. The villa has been tastefully decorated in a classic Mediterranean style of subdued tones, unique furnishings, artwork and decorative pieces. The villa’s two kitchens are equipped with Gaggenau and Smeg appliances. Guests will savor the villa’s spacious suites, range in size from 90-272m2.

When not relaxing on the Dedon furnishings on the poolside patio and panoramic sun terrace, guests can make their way to the fully-fitted gym with sauna and steam bath. The outdoor area also features a barbecue area for al fresco entertaining, a fabulous infinity pool, a shaded garden gazebo and a stunning rooftop sun terrace complete with a large tub Jacuzzi and mesmerising views of the sea and surroundings.

Guests have full use of the amenities of the hotel, including the beach and various restaurants, and those visiting over the holiday season can make the most of the resort’s VVP Christmas & New Year Programme which includes delicious Portuguese Christmas specialities, the arrival of Santa with a bag full of presents, a daytime New Year’s Eve party for the kids and a chic ball in the evening, capped off with fireworks at midnight.

Discover the cultural delights and the gorgeous nature of the Algarve at your own luxurious villa by contacting VILA VITA at this link.

Villa Leopoldo – Florence, Italy

Combine culture and the magic of Tuscany this holiday season at this gorgeous 19th-century villa nestled on most beautiful hills above Florence and in the exquisite Excellence Villas line by Trust and Travel. Located only 15 minutes from the center of Florence, one of Italy’s loveliest cities over the Christmas season, children will love its fairytale charm, amazing sports and game facilities and magnificent grounds.

The graceful villa is set within a 40-acre garden overlooking a valley of vineyards, olive groves and umbrella pine trees. The villa was built in 1874 by the Florentine architect Leonardo Pasqui and restored to its original grandeur by an American couple with a large family in 2007, hence their careful attention towards family-friendly facilities.

The villa has two grand living rooms decorated with antiques, frescoes, Impruneta terra cotta floors, you’ll also find refined yet comfortable sofas, a Koch & Korselt piano and a large fireplace. The formal dining room with seating 16 can be beautiful set for delicious holiday meals abundant in Tuscan holiday specialities and using products straight from the villa’s farm, olive grove and vineyard and prepared in the expansive, professionally equipped kitchen with a fireplace and pizza oven. There is an elevator to travel between the different floors and two small belvederes on the top of the villa with awe-inspiring 360° view of the Tuscan hillside.

The villa’s fabulous infinity pool is surrounded by a well manicured lawn as well as lavender, rosemary and rose bushes. The pool house has a full kitchen with outdoor shaded dining area, changing room, shower and WC, plus there is another patio in front of the dining room where you can enjoy al fresco dining on warm evenings. The sport court that be used for tennis, soccer or basketball, or the trampoline is a favorite with the younger kids.

Inside there is a large play room with ping pong, table soccer and exercise bike as well as a separate game room with video games consoles (WII and X-Box) and an excellent collection of board games and a TV room with flat screen satellite TV, dvd and dvd library.

Florence is also simply enchanting over the holiday season, providing a enchanting backdrop for the family to learn about the Renaissance, Italian art and Christmas traditions.

Enjoy an enchanting festive season in Florence at the splendid Villa Leopoldo with Trust and Travel at this link.

La Rive Farmhouse – Franschhoek, South Africa

Soak up sunshine, beaches and exquisite nature while exploring South Africa’s stunning Western Cape with your family this Christmas. The beautiful six-bedroom La Rive farmhouse, situated in quiet and picturesque Franschhoek, is the perfect family base in the region.

In the heart of South Africa’s wine country, the carefully restored farmhouse brings together Victorian, Cape Dutch and Georgian architecture and furniture with artwork by famous South African contemporary artists. The kids will love spending their days playing in the spacious, airy patios and cooling down in the large swimming pool whilst the parents relax with a crisp glass of local white wine. There grounds also a “secret” garden, with a number of paths leading to various alcoves, benches and lawns, the ultimate place for a game of hide and seek.

Each of the farmhouse’s rooms has its own personality, character and style. The villa’s live-in chef and butler, can work with you to design a magical holiday dinner as well as assist you with anything else you may desire during your stay.

The area has a wide range of family activities. Right in town, you can take the children to Babylonstoren farm where they can stroll through the gardens, see traditional farming techniques, feed some of the animals and you can enjoy a glass of the farm’s wine. The Saturday village market is a great place to pick up some local handicrafts and time some homemade treats. Cape Town is only a 30-40 minute drive, plus there are various animal sanctuaries in the area.

Start planning your perfect and sunny family end of the year holiday to South Africa with La Rive here.

San Lorenzo Lodge – Dolomites, Italy

This splendid retreat high up in the Dolomites, available through Homebase Abroad, is the perfect place to spend quality time with the family in a breathtaking natural and wintery setting. This luxurious, cozy four-bedroom lodge boosts an on-site spa indoors where you can warm up after an active day in the mountains and a stainless steel lined year-round whirlpool outdoors, where you can rest while taking in the amazing scenery of the surrounding 27 hectares of dense woodlands and mountain peaks beyond.

Built as a private hunting lodge of the ‘vescovi’ or bishops in the 16th century, it has always been a place of sport and repose. Charmingly decorated with a chic mountain feel, the lodge feels far removed from the modern world, yet is outfitted in the contemporary amenities.

The kids will love the range of outdoor winter activities like hiking and sledging which you can do right from the lodge or a short distance away is the Dolomiti SuperSki circuit at Kronplatz with its long, sunny, family-friendly runs.

At the end of a busy active day, make the most of the lodge’s private spa with a Finnish sauna, Turkish bath with chromotherapy, whirlpool and emotional shower or the outdoor 5 x 3m heated whirlpool with both water and air jets. It remains approximately 39 degrees year round and is fed by spring water. Afterwards snuggle up in a fur blanket on the lounge area next to the toasty fire pit before digging into one of chef Georgia’s tasty and healthy mountain meals.

Treat the family to an excited Christmas at your own mountain retreat at the San Lorenzo lodge through Homebase Abroad here.

Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp & Bush Villa – Masai Mara, Kenya

As a fifth generation run family safari service, our Kenya experts at Cottar’s value family tremendously. They accept kids of all ages and children aged 0-5 yrs stay for free. Rich with family history and the history of Kenya, at Cottar’s guests can return to the original spirit and essence of ‘safari’, the golden era of professional guiding and adventure!

“We have a number of fun family activities that the kids will love (and most parents too)!” explains Karen Darnborough, marketing manager at Cottar’s. “Our Masai Warrior School is very popular, you’ll learn how to make your own bow and arrows and then test them out on a target to see who the best shot is. Learn to make a fire using just sticks and dried grass, dress up like a traditional Masai and get dancing. Swimming and fishing in our nearby waterfall is also on offer, how about a bit of volleyball in the afternoon or spend your time swimming in the 25m private pool. Or use up some energy on a bush walk or run, getting up close and personal with the wildlife or enjoy a traditional game drive. Activities for the whole family to enjoy!”

The Cottar’s family are passionate about Kenya, its conservation and community. They know the wildlife and the people of our area intimately and you are welcomed in and treated as personal friends and we hope all guests leave feeling like part of their family. They tailor every experience to suit the individual interests of each family member… then the adventure begins.

“Nothing beats watching a child’s face change from awe to delight as they come face to face with their first elephant or make their first bow and arrow with their guide,” continues Karen. “They will be immersed into the authentic safari experience and tribal interaction, looked after by our guides who truly engage with children and enjoy teaching them all about their surroundings, flora and fauna and the wildlife. With numerous activities they are sure to be kept busy and captivated throughout your stay: Maasai Warrior School, Day & Night Game Drives, Guided Bush Walks, Bush Meals & Sundowners, Cultural Visits, River Swimming and Fishing, Balloon Safaris and a private 25m Swimming Pool.”

Within the Cottar’s Camp is their private Bush Villa, equipped with everything to keep your family entertained in comfort and style surrounded by breathtaking views onto the savannah plains that carry the great annual wildebeest migration. The villa is over 10,000 square feet in size, and features a large living room, dining room, a phenomenal viewing deck, and five en-suite bedrooms, all with stunning views. It has internet access throughout, satellite TV and DVD, and is powered with electric and solar energy. So for any family, big or small, it’s the perfect getaway, providing something for everyone.

Have an incredible experience for all ages in Kenya’s enchanting Masai Mara with Cottar’s at this link.

Considered the ‘greatest wildlife show on earth’, the annual Great Migration brings flocks of visitors to Kenya between July and October. The event involves the impressive journey of one and a half million wildebeest and their entourage of zebra, antelope and predators from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to the greener pastures of the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. In a single day you can see it all: elephant, lion, cheetah, leopard, plains game, even the more elusive rhino. Karen Darnborough, from the team of our local experts at Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp, just sent over these amazing eye-witness videos recently shot of this year’s migration. The exciting clips are a wonderful way to experience it virtually. Karen also tells us why the next few months are an ideal time to go to Kenya, read on, watch on… and let yourself be tempted!

“What an amazing couple of months we’ve had! The migration came early which was a nice surprise for our guests staying with us in June, since then it’s been go, go, go and we’ve had some of the most amazing sightings! From a male Lion swimming across the Sand River, to seeing the big five all in one day, coming across a leopard in a tree with a kill, nearly driving over a huge juvenile African Python and getting to watch some of the most dramatic Mara River crossings. We’ve been on the edge of our Landcruiser car seats anticipating what’s going to come up next!

“Go, go, go! A dramatic crossing seen by Josphat Mako, Willy Mpatiany and their guests on Monday 17th July, 2017.

“Cottar’s guide, Ken and his guests had a great day recently, spotting the Big 5 all in one day on July 7th! How amazing is that? Definitely the highlight of the day was spending some time with this rhino.

“And here’s the juvenile African python, he’s huge… and more than a little bit scary! Better observed from the safety of the Landcruiser!

“So as you can see we’ve been kept very busy and very entertained lately. The Sand River even decided to get in on the action and it flooded for two days, it was pretty exciting crossing it. “We’re enjoying keeping up with nature’s hustle and bustle, what a great start to the busy season.”

A big thank you to Karen and these recent guests of Cottar’s for sharing their thrilling experiences viewing the Great Migration!

Kenya in September through November

Even if you visit beyond the magical months of August through September, you are certain to see large resident herds of zebra and wildebeest along with lion, cheetah, hippo, elephant, leopard, buffalo, warthog and giraffe. Couple the incredible wildlife of this area, with a beautiful and varied landscape of rivers, rolling hills and woodlands — and you can see why the Masai Mara is the most popular national park in Africa.

September and October are still the High Season as the migration is in full swing and wildlife is in abundance all across the Mara Reserve and all the conservancies. Staying in the less-crowded conservancies like Cottar’s Olderkesi Conservancy really helps make the most of any visit to the Masai Mara. While November is not traditionally the busy season, it’s highly recommended if you’re looking to beat the crowds. There’s still a lot of wildlife about but the summer holidays are over and the Mara quietens down quite a bit, you’ll have it all to yourself — especially if you reserve Cottar’s special private Bush Villa which is booked on exclusive basis only. The custom-built 10,000 sq ft villa features a spacious living room, dining room, an expansive viewing deck, five en-suite bedrooms and a 25m swimming pool. Its guests enjoy their own private vehicles, guides, dining and other activities.

Experience the magic of the Great Migration or Kenya off season with Cottar’s. Learn more about their 1920s Safari Camp and their exquisite Bush Villa at this link

Taking an African Safari can be one of the most memorable travel experiences of a lifetime, that is, if it’s planned properly. Knowing the best time to go and where, which local guides to use and what experiences will elevate your trip from a vacation to a life-changing trip is not something that can come from doing a little research online. We hear from acclaimed Africa expert Henrietta Loyd and her regional team at cazenove+loyd about the invaluable benefits of working with a seasoned travel specialist to design the perfect bespoke safari holiday for each traveler.

Insider Expertise & Experience

There are many elements to factor in when planning a safari from which camps and lodges to stay at to the best adapted activities to include. Cazenove+loyd was born in Africa after founder Henrietta Loyd’s time living in Botswana over 30 years ago. She and her team experience have accumulated over sixty years experience living, working and planning extraordinary holidays in Africa.

Their Destination Experts are intensely passionate about Africa and strive to make all of their clients fall in love with the place they have spent their lives exploring. They have built a carefully selected repertoire of on the ground contacts which allows them to ensure that each trip is entirely seamless. They even go as far as calling ahead to make sure their close-knit group of trusted local camp owners and guides know when a cazenove+loyd client is staying with them so that the clients are guaranteed to have an extra-special stay.

Access to the Top Luxury Lodges & Camps

The cazenove+loyd Africa team has all stayed and even worked at the best safari lodges and camps. They tend to select small and owner-run lodges and camps which have first-class facilities, a diverse range of activities, the very best resident guides and which are located in the most breathtaking places. They also have the perfect venues for those looking for additional luxuries like gyms, wifi and even spas. They have fostered personal friendships with the owners, who add on specials touches that make a big difference to creating a trip exceeds expectations.

Tried & Test Network of Exceptional Guides

Securing the most inspiring guides for their clients is cazenove+loyd’s highest priority. Having the right person to introduce visitors to the country, while at the same time reveal its soul, is immensely important on safari. Cazenove+loyd’s guides are gifted storytellers who are also highly-skilled at tracking animals – both key attributes to a safari experience. The best guides know exactly when a wild animal is nearby and even how to communicate with it. There is no way to feel more connected with Africa than discovering it with someone whose life has been dedicated to unlocking its best and cazenove+loyd can connect you with the top guides who live and breathe their work. They match guides to clients based on their personal interests, from conservation to birdlife. The team is especially attentive to pair families with guides who are the most engaging and exciting for children while a different personality might be better suited to couples. A private guide can also be arranged to accompany guests on multi-country safaris.

Access to the Best Exclusive Experiences

People often associate safaris with game-drives, however, there are so many other amazing ways to experience Africa. Cazenove+loyd’s Destination Experts have been out riding, fishing, trekking, flying and quad-biking to know which are the very best experiences available for clients and to able to tailor the perfect itinerary for them. You can read more about their flying safari in Namibia at the bottom of this article.

Knowing the Best Times to Go & Where

Nature’s cycles and rhythms can vary dramatically in Africa. With their extensively first-hand experience living and working over the whole continent, cazenove+loyd’s Destination Experts can advise clients as to which destination is best visited depending on the month, what they are would to see and what are hoping to get out of their trip. The dry season is generally prefered by families and traditional safaris with big game viewing, like witnessing the phenomenal Great Migration in Kenya and Tanzania. That said, the drama and lush landscapes of the rainy season, such as the stormy skies creeping over Tanzania’s Great Rift Valley, are equally awe-inspiring. A true specialist will focus in on the options with you to help you decide.

Environmentally & Socially Responsible

Poaching and other environmental disturbances have lead a number of endemic species to be critically endangered and has threatened various ecosystems over the continent. Travelers to Africa can play a positive role by traveling with sustainably minded companies. All of cazenove+loyd’s safari and wildlife vacations are based around conservation, as without responsible tourism, the projects that protect animals and their habitat would not and could not exist. They are actively involved in projects from cheetah conservation to saving the Waterberg Rhino – efforts in which clients can get directly involved on safari with cazenove+loyd. The thrill of encountering animals in their natural habitat can be matched by witnessing the conservation projects that protect these majestic creatures.

Learn more about any of the above experiences or start planning an exciting, meaningful and memorable African safari with Henrietta Loyd and her Africa Destination Experts here.

Our planet is covered in such an immense multitude of biodiversity. Lush rainforests dense in exotic flora, expansive arid deserts punctuated by what appears as only the occasional prickly cactus, soaring mountains deep in pines or cratered terrain that appears from Mars, add these amazing protected parks to your holiday bucket list.

Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Established in 1925 as Africa’s first national park, the Volcanoes National Park (also known by its French name Parc National des Volcans) occupies 160 sq kms of jungle in northwestern Rwanda and garnered international attention stemming from the work of zoologist Dian Fossey on the area’s mountain gorilla. In addition to being a protected habitat for gorilla, it’s also home to a number of other wildlife such as the golden monkey, the spotted hyena, the black-fronted duiker, the bushbuck, elephants and 178 bird species. Due to its varying altitudes, it contains a vast array of flora spread across five of the eight volcanoes of the Virunga Mountains.

Dian Fossey came to the Park in 1967 and consequently set up the Karisoke Research Centre between Karisimbi and Visoke. She dedicated most of her time researching in the park and to saving the mountain gorilla from extinction. She was tragically murdered by unknown assailants at her home in 1985, most likely by poachers. She is buried next to the research center beside the grave of her favorite gorilla, Digit.

Dian Fossey and her important work have been commemorated in the recently inaugurated Map Room at the Virunga Lodge. The excellent eco-luxury lodge in the collection of Volcanoes Safaris, who also led life-changing gorilla safaris at the park and elsewhere in Rwanda and Uganda.

The Lau Seascape, Fiji

Fiji is a nation of color, culture and remarkable biodiversity and the Fijian Archipelago encompasses one of the most extensive coral reef systems in the world. Our local expert Jacqui Reyes from Vatuvara Private Islands gives us this further insight into this important protected natural site:

“In 2015, the Fijian government established a target to place 30% of Fijian waters under protected status by 2020. Fiji is leading the way in marine conservation in the Pacific. The Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) has declared 2017 the Pacific Year of the Ocean. The Government of Fiji is co-hosting the United Nations Ocean Conference in New York in June 2017, to support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

“One Marine Sanctuary targeted to make up Fiji’s 30% protected status is the blue-green jewel of forest and reef called the Vatu-i-Ra Seascape. It stretches across the channel that links Fiji’s two main islands, and comprises over 27,000 square kilometers of forests, mangroves, seagrass meadows, reefs, deep channels, and seamounts. It is one of the few remaining sanctuaries for the globally endangered humphead wrasse, there is abundant sea life and it’s one of the Pacific’s last great wild places.

“The Lau Seascape is also home to some of the most well-preserved reef systems in the world. The lagoons of Vatuvara Private Islands and their surrounding ocean provide varying ecosystems and safe havens for marine life. The Northern Lau group of islands is filled with a diversity of wildlife, these remote islands are breathtaking, filled with lush forests and fringed by spectacular beaches and azure waters. Inspired by the Vatu-i-Ra Seascape, Vatuvara Private Islands is committed to preserving the ridge to reef environments through establishing the new Vatuvara Foundation in Fiji. The Vatuvara Foundation is dedicated to protect and revive oceans in Northern Lau through a network of marine managed areas and provide innovative solutions to promote awareness that empowers local communities in order to sustain livelihoods from their natural resources.” – Jacqui Reyes, Vatuvara Private Islands

Where to stay in The Lau Seascape.


Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park

Hawaii evokes lush tropical forests and some of the chain of island’s most impressive forests and views can be savored in gorgeous Nā Pali Coast State Wilderness Park. Located in the north of Kauai Island. Established in in 1983 it currently extends to over 3,578 acres (14.5 km2) and is lined with na pali (high cliffs) along the shoreline which can reach heights up to 4,000 feet (1,200 m). The best way to experience the park’s magnificent scenery is by hiking the Kalalau trail. Along this 18km coastal trail from Ke’e Beach to Kalalau Beach you’ll be able to admire unspoilt stretch of cliffs and narrow valleys rising from the Pacific Ocean. On the way you can also observe stone walled terraces at the bottom of the valleys where Hawaiians once lived and cultivated taro.The trail takes between six and eight hours depending on your pace and requires good physical condition as it can often be muddy and slippery after rainfall. A permit is not needed to hike to Hanakapi’ai Falls, but anything after that requires a permit.

Where to Stay on Kauai Island.

Morne Seychellois National Park, The Seychelles

The Seychelles has become a frontrunner in sustainable tourism with almost half of its total landmass set aside in the form of protected areas ensuring that its incredible variety of indigenous flora (more than 250 native plant species) and fauna will survive for future generations. While there are official natural parks, there is much to explore beyond the borders of the parks, especially by foot.

“There are amazing nature trails on Mahe,” explains our local expert Karl Ammann, director of the Residence on the Rocks. “All easily reachable since the whole Island is only 30 kms long. The path up to the Residence is a nature trail in itself about one km from the villa property and all through indigenous forest and rock formations with a lot of bird life.”

The island’s best know official part, the Morne Seychellois National Park, is found on the northern side of Mahé. It covers about 20 percent of the total surface of the island and consists of mangroves, dense tropical forests and steep mountains. The more adventurous can scale its highest mountain, the namesake of the Park. Rising 900 metres (2,950 feet), it’s also the tallest mountain in the entire archipelago. A highlight is the Copolia trail, a relatively easy jungle pathway which begins at Chemin Foret Noire and features some amazing views across Victoria and Sainte Anne. Other notable trails are from Danzil to Anse Major, the Tea Factory to Morne Blanc, and the paths around the Trois Frères cliffs above Victoria. You can find more information on these trails here.

Where to stay in The Seychelles.

Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

With its moonlike crater lakes and volcanic landscape New Zealand’s oldest national park is one of the most unique natural locations on earth. Only one of three UNESCO World Heritage sites, it’s one of the few in the world to have dual status, as a cultural and natural site due to the park’s importance to Maori cultural and spirituality. The breathtaking Tongariro National Park is situated near Lake Taupo in the center of New Zealand’s North Island. The best way to experience the park is to hike its Alpine Crossing along which you’ll be able to take in its different terrains and admire the unbelievable colors of the Emerald Lakes, straight out of a fantasy or sci-fi movie. The more active can push on a little further up Mount Ngauruhoe where you’ll be rewarded with even more spectacular views.

Where to stay near Tongariro National Park.

Gallatin National Forest, Montana, U.S.A.

Some of America’s most pristine nature and its most amazing views can be witnessed in Montana, known as the “Big Sky State” and home to the sublime of Gallatin National Forest. More visitors might make their way to nearby Yellowstone National Park, situated across the state line in Wyoming, however, you’ll find more peace and quiet to commune with nature at Gallatin, minus the flocks of crowds attracted to its more famous neighbor. The park offers world-class hiking where the only beings you might encounter are chirping birds, dashing foxes and slow-paced moose. The park also draws fly-fishermen who are equally spellbound in the meditative act of casting their line in the park’s pristine waters. The sound of the trickling streams, the whisper of the breeze through its ancient forests and the jaw-dropping panoramas of the mountains will be strongly etched in your mind, making your journey through Montana’s wilderness an unforgettable one.

Where to stay near Gallatin National Forest.

Hohe Tauern National Park - Austria

Hohe Tauern National Park, Austria

Creating a jagged border line between France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany and Austria, the Alps showcase some of Europe’s most awe-inspiring landscape. You can experience some of its most pristine and gorgeous natural settings in Austria’s Hohe Tauern National Park. The largest natural park in all of the Alps, it spreads 1,856 km² over three Austrian provinces. Hikers delight in its 350 kilometers of marked paths and alpine trails which zigzag through the beautiful Rauris Valley into Taxenbach and the SalzburgerLand region. The Rauris Valley, dubbed the “Secret Jewel Hohe Tauern National Park,” is truly a must. Here you can venture deep into majestic green forests, past rushing rivers and waterfalls, observe powerful birds of prey in their nature environment and discover sites linked to the gold-mine era. Since most of the paths are manageable for inexperienced or casual hikers, it makes for the perfect place to take walkers of mixed levels or families; avid mountaineers and mountain-climbers can also satisfy their need for adrenaline on its higher peaks.

Where to stay near Hohe Tauern National Park.

The Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

Along with its neighbor the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, this is one of Africa’s most famous and one of the most beautiful, mesmerizing places on earth. Founded in 1961, the 1,500 km2 (580 sq mi) Maasai Mara National Reserve was named in honor of the Maasai people who have inhabitants the region for millennia. The plains of savanna are dotted with short trees and scrub and are the regular stomping ground for leopards, cheetahs, lions in addition to the annual Great Migration of zebra, Thompson’s gazelle, hyena, impala and wildebeest to and from the Serengeti which takes every July to October. During this period there can be as many as 1.5 million animals and around 90 species of mammals, amphibians and reptiles and over 400 birds species on the reserve.

There are many ways to visit the park, and our local experts at Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp and Bush Villa offer unique opportunities to witness the wildlife in addition to a variety of cultural experiences with the local Maasai people, get a taste of some of them here.

Where to stay near The Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Pico das Prateleiras. Photo Credit: Edgar de Brito / Flickr

Itatiaia National Park, Brazil

Brazil’s nature dazzles the eyes and enlivens the spirit. There are so many exceptional natural places to explore across the country, one of the easiest for those on a short trip to the country is the this gorgeous park. The country’s oldest one, established in 1937, Itatiaia National Park is located three hours north of the picturesque colonial town of Paraty and four hours from Rio de Janeiro. It spreads over the Mantiqueira mountain range, where you can find some of Brazil’s highest mountains including Prateleiras and Agulhas Negras, ranging in altitude from 540 to 2,791 metres (1,772 to 9,157 ft). Casual and advanced hikers can enjoy a day (or more) discovering the lush vegetation, snaking rivers and cascading waterfalls of Prateleiras whereas more skilled mountaineers can take on the challenges of rockier Agulhas Negras. Of course, the higher you go, the better the views! The park is also very popular with bird watchers who can spot upwards of 350 different species.

Where to stay near Itatiaia National Park.

Joshua Tree National Park. Photo Credit: A Different Brian / Flickr

Joshua Tree National Park, California, U.S.A.

The desert usually sparks visions of the majestic dunes of the Sahara, however, the U.S. is actually home to one of the planet’s most unique deserts: The Joshua Tree National Park. Occupying a vast 800,000 acres of Southern California it is extremely variable with dramatic scenery of rugged mountains and wind torn plains. It features two distinct deserts with two large ecosystems roughly divided by elevation. The lower sector, the Colorado Desert, is the half of the park below 3,000 feet (910 m) and is found in the eastern side. This arid land is abundant in creosote bush as well as ocotillo and cholla cactus. The higher section is known as the Mojave Desert. It is slightly cooler and wetter and is the habitat of the peculiar Joshua tree, dominant in the park’s western half. Immortalized in the 1987 U2 album of the same name, the Irish pop stars were not the first to notice this unusual tree. Early explorer John Fremont described them as “… the most repulsive tree in the vegetable kingdom.” Alluring or vile, you’ll just have to visit the park to decide for yourself.

Where to stay near the Joshua Tree National Park:

Our global expert Sylvia Delvaille Jones of Villas and Apartments Abroad has the perfect base for exploring the region from the gorgeous Mirage Palm Springs villa, located only an hour drive from the park and with a stunning desert-like, red rocky backdrop. This luxurious 5,000+ sq ft home was completed in 2012 and consists of six bedrooms on a three-building private compound, including the main house, a casita, nanny’s quarters, plus the largest residential lap pool in the desert and an impressive home cinema. Enjoy the star-studded glamour of Palm Springs and the area’s spectacular nature by reaching out to Sylvia here.

In this edition of our How We Started series, we travel to the breath-taking plains of Kenya’s Maasai Mara to meet Calvin and Louise Cottar. Deep in family safari heritage and passionate about offering unique African travel experiences, Calvin tells us more about the history of their company, Cottar’s 1920’s Camp, and about their recently built exclusive Bush Villa.

Calvin Cottar, Louise Cottar, The Maasai Mara experienced on a Cottar’s Bush Walk


“Cottar’s 1920’s Camp and Bush Villa are just the latest iteration of safaris that my family has run. It all started in 1909 when my great grandfather Chas Cottar read Teddy Roosevelt’s book ‘Game Trails in Africa’, which recounted his exploits while hunting in British East Africa. Chas sailed back to his home in Lipscum on the Texas / Oklahoma border, sold everything and hefted his family of three sons and six daughters and his wife back to Africa to settle.

“Over the years, Chas and his three sons shook up the safari world, and Mike’s son Glen, my father, joined the trade in 1957. Glen started the first dedicated tourist tented camp in Tsavo East National Park, the first of its kind in Africa. Eventually the elephants died off and insecurity forced he and Pat, his wife and my mother, to make a new camp in the Maasai Mara area of Kenya in 1979. Eventually the area became less wild and more congested with camps and tourism, therefore, he started a camp called Bushtops, also in the Mara area. This in turn became congested which led Louise and I to start the Nineteen Twenties camp in the Olderkesi area to the South East of Maasai Mara National Reserve, where we do everything we can to keep the crowds away and maintain our reputation for wilderness and privacy.

“We started building the Villa six years ago, it took three years to build, and was built to accommodate the needs of a non-tourist clientele who wish to stay longer in one place. Designed by Louise and I, the villa was built by hand using indigenous and eco-friendly materials. It is managed within the same area as Cottar’s 1920s 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 discrete staff, award-winning guides, and an abundance of wildlife, Cottar’s Bush Villa offers the only real private luxury home in the Maasai Mara.

“Working together our Cottar’s team continues to provide some of the best safaris and experiences in Africa. Extending an era of luxury and quality, we return to the original spirit and essence of ‘safari’, reminiscent of a golden era, an era of romance, professional guiding, adventure and elegance.” – Calvin Cottar

Learn more about Cottar’s Bush Villas and the safari experiences they provide by reaching out to them here. You can also read about their efforts for conservation and community engagement in this recent feature on our Journal.

Going on safari in Africa is one of the most exhilarating and memorable travel experiences. The thrill of spotting your first massive elephant, the calm of the savannah interrupted only by the curious sounds of nature, the sensation of walking through the dense jungle foliage of lush mountains, every moment enlivens the senses and engrains itself deeply in your mind. Our Africa experts strive to create exceptional safari trips by including special bespoke experiences, discover some of these below.


Running with a Masai, Kenya

Located at the edge of the Masai Mara National Reserve, Cottar’s 1920s Bush Camp and Villa can arrange a variety of original activities to accompany your Kenyan safari vacation, like their running with a Masai. This option is perfect for travelers keen to keep active during their holiday while also experiencing the African bush. One of Cottar’s Masai staff will join you while a vehicle follows behind, keeping you safe and allowing you to enjoy the wonderful, fresh and abundant Kenyan landscape and wildlife. It does get hot during the day so it’s best to plan your run in the early morning or in the evening, when the air is still fresh and cool. See if you can keep up with a Masai, a fantastic way to start or end your day on safari! Contact Cottar’s here for more on their unique safari experiences or watch a preview in the video below.


Gorilla Tracking, Rwanda and Uganda

Our experts at Volcanoes Safaris offer a very special Gorilla Tracking experience either from their Virunga Lodge in Rwanda or their Bwindi Lodge in Uganda. Volcanoes Safaris’ work revolves around protecting and conserving the wildlife, ecosystems and traditional cultures of the Uganda and Rwanda mountains. An important aspect of this is the preservation of the endangered mountain gorillas. With only two populations of mountain gorillas, numbering 880, they are a critically endangered species.

Lasting between three and eight hours, their Gorilla Tracking excursions take you deep into the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda or the Virunga Massif region which borders Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Here you can come face to face with these incredible mammals – a fully grown silverback male can be up to three times the size of an average man, weighing up to 200 kilograms. Large they may be in size, however, they are immensely peaceable, playful and tolerant of human visitors participating in gorilla tracking. It is a privilege to spend time observing these wild relatives. Learn more about this once in a lifetime experience through Volcanoes Safaris.

Laragia House, Laikipia, Kenya

Quad biking at Laragai House, Kenya

With the snow-tipped peaks and glaciers of Mount Kenya to the south and a panorama of mountains and desert to the north, safari settings don’t get much more spectacular than at Borana Lodge, Kenya. On this ranch land lies Laragai House, a beautiful eight-bedroom private villa perched on the edge of a plateau, available through our African lodge and safari experts cazenove+loyd.

To make the most of this stunning scenery, cazenove+loyd recommend going off on an exhilarating quad biking mission into the bush, which can be arranged via Jay McLeod’s company Latitude Adventures. And if you want to continue your adventure, the company can also arrange a ‘fly camping experience’, where you spend a night out of the house and under the stars in a temporary camp. A truly memorable and spectacular way to get close to nature. Plan your extraordinary safari trip to Kenya with cazenove+loyd and travel to Africa virtually in their video below.


Bush Dinner, Kenya

Cottar’s 1920s Camp and Villa can also arrange some special dining experiences, such as their Bush Dinner. After a busy day game viewing guests can enjoy a sumptuous dinner under the stars, in the bush away from camp. Cottar’s can set this up in a number of unique, exciting and romantic settings. Dinner in the dark, in the bush, under the stars while being served a five star meal is no ordinary experience and it’s what being on safari is all about. Sit around a fire chatting or take in a sundowner before your meal; under a huge tree in the middle of the bush or on the open plains of the savannah. Your amazing safari experience doesn’t merely last during daylight hours at Cottar’s. Reach out to them here to start designing your holiday menu.


Batwa Tribe Heritage Experiences, Uganda

Set in the foothills of the Virunga Volcanoes, Volcanoes Safaris’ exclusive Mount Gahinga lodge is highly involved with the local Batwa Tribe. They allow guests to learn about this community, one of Africa’s oldest tribes, at their Batwa Cultural Heritage Site, which has been set up through the Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust (VSPT).

Built on the property of the Mount Gahinga Lodge, the Heritage Site is comprised of a demonstration-based herbal garden, a small collection of traditional huts and a short trail that allows the Batwa to demonstrate how they used to live, hunt, and collect honey and other resources from the forest. Guests are welcome to ask the Batwa questions about their traditional lifestyle, as they explain their religious, marriage and courtship customs. Then at the Batwa Vocational Centre (established by the VSPT) you can see first-hand the skills they are learning for self-sufficiency, some of which are on sale and make excellent gifts to take home. Learn more about the work of VSPT and their various experiences connecting visitors with the Batwa tribe.


Little Ruckomechi Safari Camp, Zimbabwe

For a unique safari destination, cazenove+loyd suggests this spectacular camp on the banks of the Zambezi river. Opened in summer 2016, Little Ruckomechi has become one of their favourite new properties in Africa. The camp has just four luxurious tents and feels extremely exclusive, in part due to its fantastic location within the private Ruckomechi Concession in the Mana Pools National Park, one of the great wildlife areas of Africa.

Built on wooden decks, the en-suite tents are airy and elegant with an old-school glamour vibe. The living spaces include a dining room and lounge as well as a plunge pool, all looking out over the great Zambezi River, with the Zambian foothills in the distance.

As for wildlife viewing, hippos, buffalo and larger predators are often sighted and, in addition to game drives, there is a wide range of river-based activities, including boating and canoeing. Experience the golden age of safaris with contemporary comforts by reaching out to cazenove+loyd.


Canvas Bush Bath, Kenya

Connect with Africa’s stunning nature while taking in a luxurious bush bath at Cottar’s 1920s Bush Camp and Villa. They can set up a traditional style canvas bath on a Persian rug in the open-air, the perfect way to pamper yourself after a few long days out on safari. Enjoy your bubble-filled bath sipping champagne, surrounded by the natural flora and fauna. Some wildlife may wander by while you enjoy the expansive view onto the Mara plains. As you bathe, you can soak up the wild beauty of the Masai Mara. Treat yourself to the best safari experiences with Cottar’s at this link.


Have these experiences tempted you to plan your next trip to Africa?

Let yourself be further lured by this lovely video on cazenove+loyd. Your African safari experience will be nothing but extraordinary with our various Africa experts. 

Active in the safari business for almost a century, the Cottar family has a profound knowledge of Kenya, its people and wildlife. Located on the border of the Maasai Mara National Reserve, and just one kilometer from Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park, the family and its award-winning Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp and Bush Villa are intrinsically linked to the community and its natural surroundings. We discover how they are not merely providing guests with bespoke safari experiences, but are also making a significant contribution to the conservation of Kenya’s wildlife, cultures, and ecosystems.


In 1919, Charles Cottar, along with his three sons, established ‘Cottar’s Safari Service’, one of the very first registered safari companies organizing big game hunting and film safaris in Africa. This legacy has evolved and is carried on today by Calvin Cottar and his wife Louise with the foundation of Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp in the mid 1990s. Set on a 6,000 acre private conservancy, it has 10 deluxe tents, all with ensuites, recreating the grand era of safaris.cottars-private-villa-dining-area-2

In addition to the safari camp, they have added the exclusive Mara Bush Villa. Called ‘Cottar’s Bush Villa,’ it was designed by Calvin and Louise Cottar and constructed by hand using indigenous and eco-friendly building materials. Located in a secluded part of the camp with breathtaking view onto the savannah plains, guests can enjoy the same high standards and level of service the camp is known for within an absolute private setting.

The Bush Villa is the only real private luxury home in the whole game reserve. It is spread over 10,000 sq ft, and includes a large living room, dining room, a magnificent viewing deck, and five ensuite bedrooms, all with stunning views, modern amenities, solar power and a new 25m swimming pool. A dedicated game drive vehicle(s) and guide(s) are provided to guests throughout their stay.


Cottar’s distinguishes itself as much more than a safari camp. Calvin Cottar, pictured in the center of the group above, tells us more:

“Our vision is for Cottar’s 1920’s Safari Camp to be financially successful and sustainable for the next 100 years. By remaining true to the family tradition of providing an authentic and individualized safari experience and by ensuring a legacy of wilderness, wildlife, comfort and security and honouring a balance between conservation, prosperous commerce, community and culture.

“We believe that there can be a maintained balance between a successful business and sustainable conservation, social entrepreneurship, and community development. We are continually committed to maximising our positive and minimising our negative impacts. We are dedicated to environmentally conscious hospitality, sustainable conservation and the empowerment of local communities.”


A member of the Global Ecosphere Retreats, Cottar’s is dedicated to achieving long term sustainability through their own innovative method of wildlife conservation. This effectively promotes natural biodiversity so that it has a viable use to the thousands of local maasai, offering them an alternative to needing to cut it down to create fenced farms for their livelihood.

The camp remains accountable for all aspects of the business and strives to minimize any negative impacts and maximize the positive ones. To achieve this, the team has implemented monitoring procedures to record and reduce to a minimum, the camps use of energy, water, materials and emissions, with the aim of becoming net positive. They have also established the Cottar’s Wildlife Conservation Trust (CWCT) which supports the creation of a 6,000 acre Olderikesi Wildlife Conservancy pilot project on the boundary and key wildlife corridor of the Maasai Mara National Reserve and the Serengeti National Park. CWCT has been actively involved in the preservation of natural habitats and wildlife in the region as well as securing it from poachers and protecting the local community.


As a part of the camp’s commitment to the environment, they ensures that 95% of their inorganic waste is recycled and many of the ingredients which appear on guests’ plates comes straight from the camp’s organic garden. They go one step further by encouraging guests to take bush walks instead of vehicle game drives. This reduces fuel consumption in addition to offering a unique experience for guests to interact more closely with the area’s wildlife, flora and fauna.

The camp has no future without land for wildlife, or wildlife itself. The Maasai can have more revenue and cultural survivability with their land being kept open in this conservancy model Cottar’s has pioneered, than it being converted to farmland. As such, they have partnered with the Maasai community to manage their land on their behalf (for wildlife use) at rates competitive with other economic uses providing alternative livelihood opportunities.


Their connection to the local community goes far beyond this. They have always been committed to the Maasai people by providing them with income from leasing land for wildlife conservancies, employment and economic opportunities, microgrids and exposure to other development partners.  The camp itself has a staff of over 90, 100% of which is Kenyan and 45% is from the local community.

The Maasai have so far been able to maintain their traditional way of life and Cottar’s offers a variety of experiences to ensure that guests don’t miss out on discovering this vibrant culture. These can include excursions to various Maasai villages, visiting markets with beadwork and other traditional handicrafts produced by Maasai women as an additional way of preserving Maasai culture and their Masai Warrior School where guests can learn about the Maasai culture, how to light a fire with sticks and make and shoot their own bow and arrows.


The team at Cottar’s assists with the well being and development of the local community via medical clinic visits (dental, ambulance transfers and other general services) run by volunteer groups and the promotion of education. It funded the building of the Olpalagilagi Primary School for a total of 200 students, paying teachers salaries and a school food program – a strong incentive to send children to school and keep them there.

They have also built a foot bridge with the Bridging the Gap Africa. The locals can now access social amenities which were previously accessible due to the difficulty in crossing the Sand River especially during floods. The bridge is now saving an average of six lives a year.

What can you do, even from afar?  

Cottar’s Wildlife Conservation Trust accepts donations and even smaller amounts can make a difference. Here are some examples:

  • The Olderikesi Conservancy: one hectare per year land sponsorship (toward the Conservancy for a wilderness corridor) would cost $50.
  • Primary School Education: to enable a child to attend primary school for a year costs $250 including food, education, books and uniforms; one desk $80, one teacher’s salary $120 per month, construction of one class room costs $10,000.
  • Provisions for Healthcare: they are trying to fund a mobile clinic at $55,000 and continue in the meantime to provide limited emergency medical assistance and interim free medical health days.
  • Water: a water hand pump borehole would cost $30,000 and catchment dam for cattle and wildlife would cost $20,000.
  • Conservation: one game scout ranger would cost $120 per month; and a 4WD vehicle for conservancy- community liaison would cost $25,000.

Alternatively, if you are vacationing directly at Cottar’s, they are proud members of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travelers to make a lasting impact in the community by packing some school or medical supplies. These generous gestures can make a big difference in the lives of our local children and families.

“Our hope is that people take with them a feeling of contentment and happiness in the knowledge that they have stayed somewhere that tries to balance what they ‘give and take’ of the earth’s resources,” says Calvin Cottar.

You can reach out to Cottar’s to enquire about availability at their Bush Villa or to make a donation to CWCT here.