Mathews Mountain & Diani Beach Holiday

Kenya, Tanzania


Mathews Mountain & Diani Beach Holiday

Matthews Mountain Range in Kenya's north, is a tropical highland forest wilderness. Located north of the busier Laikipia safari region, the Mathews, also known as the Lenkiyio Hills, is one of Kenya’s wildest areas. It’s known for its lush valleys and thick, forested slopes in the heart of Northern Kenya’s arid desert. This mountain forest is home to a wide range of plant and wildlife species, such as Melanistic leopard, also known as the Black Panther.

This tour is ideal for adventurous travellers or repeat visitors to Kenya who wish to experience off-the-beaten track destinations. Beginning in Nairobi, the tour features Ol Pejeta Conservancy, home to the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa. Spend two nights at a camp nestled amongst lush Matthews Mountain Range. Continue to Masai Mara National Park, one of the best-known reserves in Africa. Finish your tour with a relaxed stay on Kenya’s best Diani Beach. 


What We Love
  • The Ol Pejeta Conservancy holds the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa
  • Visit one of Kenya’s wildest areas to view the Melanistic leopard—the Black Panther
  • On the Masai Mara see over two million animals that make up the Great Migration
  • Relax on the white sand Diani beach, swim, snorkel or enjoy yoga, spa treatments
  • Travel any day – shorten or lengthen the tour to suite your wishes
Need to Know
  • This is a relaxed tour but may require walking on rough surfaces & 4x4 drives
  • We carefully select the world's best safari operators in each destination
  • We offer 24/7 support to give you complete peace of mind during your holiday
  • We can arrange optional activities; diving, dolphin safaris or deep-sea fishing 
  • Some activities on this tour may be on shared basis

Mathews Mountain & Diani Beach Holiday Nairobi, Ol Pejeta, Mathews Mountain Range, Maasai Mara, Diani Beach
(14 Days – Travel Any Day)

Day 01 – Arrive Kenya
Nairobi Begin in Nairobi, a bustling capital city, often used as a jumping-off point for safari trips.
Overnight at Hotel

Day 02 – City Tour
Nairobi Spend your day visiting local arts and crafts galleries and museums or perhaps visit the city’s unlikely National Park, with wide open grass plains and a wide variety of wildlife including the endangered black rhino, lions, leopards and diverse birdlife. Next to it is an irresistible elephant orphanage, the ground zero for the Rothschild’s giraffe, Karen Blixen's former home and more. Close to the National Park is the Bomas of Kenya where you can experience different aspects of Kenyan culture displayed there. Don’t miss the most exciting traditional dances and acrobatic show.
Overnight at Hotel (B)

Day 03 – Transfer
Ol Pejeta Private transfer and scheduled flight to Ol Pejeta Conservancy for 3-night stay. Ol Pejeta Conservancy is home to the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa, and you can also observe both the northern and southern endangered white rhinos. One day, enjoy a game drive and look for the Big 5 – lion, buffalo, elephant, leopard and both the endangered black and white rhino.
Overnight at Camp (B, L, D)

Day 04 & 05 – Safari
Ol Pejeta Morning and afternoon game drives. Stay in a very traditional bush camp located on a riverbank, in classic “Hemingway-style” tented accommodations. Enjoy daily game drives, and visit a renowned chimpanzee sanctuary, the only place in Kenya this highly endangered species can be seen in the wild. If desired, we can also arrange walking safaris, night game drives and a variety of conservation activities.
Overnight at Camp (B, L, D)

Day 06 – Transfer
Mathews Mountain Range Transfer and flight to Mathews Mountain Range for 2-night stay. Spend two nights at a camp in a remote valley nestled amongst lush forested mountains in the Mathews Mountain Range. This is one of Kenya’s wildest areas, and the very few visitors who make the trip here are often surprised to find themselves amid lush riverine valleys and thick, forested slopes in the heart of Northern Kenya’s arid desert.
Overnight at Camp (B, L, D)

Day 07 – Walking Safari
Mathews Mountain Range Morning and afternoon walking safaris and activities. A great number of forest elephant, lion, buffalo, greater kudu, and the Melanistic leopard—the “black panther”—have found refuge here along with over 350 bird species. Spend your days, exploring the forest trails and swim-enticing rock pools. This is a very unique and fascinating part of Kenya, and one that few travellers experience.
Overnight at Camp (B, L, D)

Day 08 – Transfer
Maasai Mara Transfer to airstrip for flight to Maasai Mara National Reserve for 3 nights. Masai Mara National Park is one of the best known and most popular reserves in the whole of Africa. What make this wide open part of the Rift Valley so interesting are the breathtaking vistas, the density of game and the variety of birdlife.
Overnight at Camp (B, L, D)

Day 09 & 10 – Safari
Maasai Mara Morning and afternoon game drives. The Masai Mara safari delivers many attractions and is home to an excellent year-round concentration of game as well as the two million animals that make up the Great Migration. Spend three nights at one of Kenya’s most luxurious and historic tented camps, located in one of the only parts of the Mara where black rhinos are still found.
Overnight at Camp (B, L, D)

Day 11 – Safari & Transfer
Diani Beach Morning game drive. Transfer and scheduled flight to Ukunda. Arrival transfer to resort near Diani Beach for 3-night stay.

Stay at a small luxury resort, located on a secluded stretch of private, white-sand beach south of Diani Beach. This is a vibrant, intimate little paradise on the quiet shores of the Indian Ocean just south of Mombasa. The privately owned resort is tastefully decorated in local Swahili furnishings and objets d’art. During leisure time, relax on the beach or by the pool, swim in the warm turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, and enjoy yoga or spa treatments.
Overnight at Camp (B, L, D)

Day 12 & 13 – Relax
Diani Beach At leisure for beach and resort-based activities
Overnight at Hotel (B)

Day 14 – Depart
Kenya Transfer to Ukunda airport for scheduled flight to Nairobi airport to connect with international flight.

Mathews Mountain & Diani Beach Holiday Kenya, Tanzania

Make this your holiday

  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Recommended Price: 5-star: GBP 400 - £700 per person per day, excl. flights
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility & quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199

Getting There Kenya’s main airport is Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) located 15km/9mi southeast of Nairobi. Kenya’s second international Airport is Moi International Airport (MBA) located 9km/6mi west of Mombasa and is primarily used for domestic and charter flights. Most domestic flights out of Nairobi depart from Wilson Airport (WIL), 6km/4mi south of Nairobi.Travelling to national parks can be done on long and bumpy roads but most private parks, like in Laikipia are often travelled to by air.

When to go Game viewing is at its best in mid-summer after the rainy season has ended. The days will be long and the weather pleasant. The best month is probably July.

The main rainy seasons are from April to May (the long rains) and October to December (the short rains). Rainfall is seldom continuous over long periods and normally falls in the late afternoon preceded by bright sunny and fresh days. The Rift Valley and Central Highlands enjoy a temperate climate year round although the temperatures vary from the hot and relatively dry floor of the Rift valley to arctic on the peaks of Mt Kenya.

Visa You need a visa to enter Kenya. You can either get a visa on arrival at the airport, or before you travel. To minimise time spent queuing at the airport, get a visa before you travel. You can apply for single entry and transit visas on the evisas website. For other types of visa, apply at the nearest Kenyan High Commission or Embassy. For more information on different types of visas see the website of the Kenya High Commission.

Passport validity: Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Kenya. Make sure you have two blank pages in your passport on arrival.

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