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Cottars Camp Turns 100 !



Kenya's iconic Cottar's Camp, a pioneer in African safari tourism, recently celebrated its centennial at a ceremony attended by over 200 government officials and dignitaries. 
Cottar's was one of the first outfits to offer safaris to the public in Africa, the first to import American safari vehicles into Kenya, and the first to launch photographic safaris in the 1960's. It is now leading the way in sustainable purpose-driven tourism and conservation in East Africa. In addition, it is a considerably achievement that this innovative company has been owned and operated by one family for 5 generations!
The safari company, launched by Charles Cottar in 1919, has remained at the top of the tourism market to this day. Cottar's 1920s Camp and the Bush Villa have been nominated in the 2019's World Travel Awards as Kenya's best tented safari camp and Africa's best private luxury villa and have been nominated for 11 awards each for The Safari Awards 2019. They  continue to be named as a top global destination by Travel + LeisureTatlerCondé NastHarpers Bazaar and Fodors.
Cottar's has marked its first 100 years with the launch of Cottar's Archival Trust, a large repository of historical safari film and photos, containing 80,000 archival images and reels of film footage from 1909 to date. This material will provide researchers a permanent historical record of the safari experience through the ages.

"We have maintained Cottar's Safari Service as a Kenyan institution, placing the country at the head of safari rankings repeatedly, for tourism that we helped begin and which we continue to develop and pioneer," said Calvin Cottar, who today heads the company with his wife and business partner Louise.

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