Awarded Gold Eco Rating by Ecotourism Kenya

Cottar’s 1920’s Safari Camp

Project #1

Cottars 1920’s camp is a member of the Long Run Destinations which practice the 4C’s (Community, Conservation, Culture & Commerce). In regards to this, and prior to the conservancy project, cottars built the Olpalagilagi Primary School for a total of 200 students, paying teachers salaries and – to keep the children coming to school – we also run a feeding program for them.


General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Chalk, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Erasers, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Notebooks, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Rulers, and Watercolor Brushes and Paints

Reference Materials:
(English) Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Flash Cards:
(English) Alphabet, Math, and Word

Wall Charts:
(English) Science and World Maps

Text/Reading Books:
(English) Age Appropriate Story Books, Biology, General Science, Language/Grammar, and Math

Computer Hardware/Software:
Working Laptops

Educational Games/Toys:
Chess Sets, Scrabble, and Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys

Sports/Outdoor Activity:
Inflation Pumps, Jump Ropes, Soccer Balls, and Team Uniforms/Kits for Soccer

New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes

First Aid/Health:
Antibiotic Ointment and Sanitary Napkins

Project #2

Cottar’s 1920’s Safari Camp has created the Cottars Wildlife Conservation Trust(C.W.C.T) as the main vehicle for funding conservancy leases, running a scout operation for wildlife monitoring, anti-poaching and anti-deforestation, and a host of other functions necessary to operate a wildlife conservancy. We have also acquired a gyrocopter to do aerial reconnaissance of activities within the conservancy and wider Mara area to help build a time lapse data base of land use change, wildlife and livestock counts and additional donor funding for this will have a big impact on land use change decisions for the future.


Camping Supplies:
Duffel Bags and Sleeping Bags

Field Devices:
Batteries of All Sizes, Binoculars, GPS (Handheld), Solar-Powered Working Laptops, and Torches/Flashlights

General Medical:
Antiseptic Ointment/Powder, Band-Aids, Bandages for Wounds/Plasters, Vet Supplies for Large Animal Wounds, and Wash or Creams

Boots, Bush Hats, Sneakers/Trainers (New or Gently Used), and Socks

Project #3

The local people are very important to Cottar’s. We take pride in saying that most of our employees are from the local community, by this we are actively involving them in development. We conduct local clinic visits (dental, ambulance transfers and other general services) which are arranged by Volunteer groups who come through Cottar’s 1920’s camp. We have also built a foot bridge with the Bridging the Gap Africa, and it was completed in December 2012. The people can now access social amenities unlike before where they had difficulty crossing the Sand River especially during floods. The bridge is now saving an average of six lives a year. We also organize trips for volunteer medical teams.


New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes

Light Blankets and Mosquito Nets

Health/Personal Grooming:
Antibiotic Ointment, Band-Aids, Bars of Soap, Combs, Sanitary Napkins, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Vaseline, Washing Powder, and any Medical Supplies for Common Diseases

Art Supplies:
Beads for Bead Work, Earring Hooks, Gage Wire, Glass Beads for Bead Work, Needles, Tape Measures, Thread, and Wire Cutters

Initiatives Supported

All the needs are current as of December 9, 2018

Listed on this page are the specific needs requested by the community project(s) so you can choose exactly what to pack for a purpose and express your gratitude to the local community with the supplies you take them.

Candy and balloons are not on the needs list as they are harmful for the children and the environment for the following reasons:
• Few of the children benefiting from these projects have access to toothpaste, toothbrushes, or a dentist. The candy promotes cavities.
• The balloons once they become deflated are a choking hazard for local wildlife.

Instead of taking candy or balloons, use that space for additional requested supplies, as they are priceless.