Whether it’s the mighty Kilimanjaro, the magnificent Meru or the less well travelled Ol’Doniyo Lengai, whether you are an individual, a group or a tour operator, we can arrange your climb for you. Climbing is challenging physically, mentally and emotionally. For many it is a once in a lifetime opportunity and we know how important it is to get it right. We tailor make our climbing packages to suit. When you choose to climb with us you are not just getting a tour company, you are getting a concerned friend who wants to be sure everything goes well!
Honey Badger has years of experience in offering mountain climbing expeditions up both Kilimanjaro and Meru. Having climbed Kilimanjaro several times himself, Joseph Renju ensures that clients climb with the most experienced and friendly guides. Whether you are an experienced climber or a first-timer with a passion for a challenge, we can accommodate for your needs.
Our complete package – home to home!
On arrival we can arrange airport transfers and bring you straight to our lodge, your new Tanzanian home. You will be greeted by our friendly team, who are keen to get to know you and share stories with you. Our lodge offers you a unique experience, an opportunity to really get to know Tanzania and her people and to relax in what others have stated as a ‘hidden oasis in Moshi’. The lodge is ideal for groups, couples or individuals alike.
Keeping you fully informed
For guests who wish to, we have regular email contact before arrival into Tanzania. We welcome all questions; nothing is too trivial, as we know that all individuals have different trip planning needs! You will receive a full briefing the night before you begin your trek and get time to meet your guides and ask them any questions. We check all your equipment to ensure it is suitable and make any last minute changes should they be needed. While on the mountains we are in daily or twice daily contact with you and your guides to hear how the trip is going.
Ethical Mountain Climbing: we are your “Community conscious tourism option”
When you and your friends climb with us you can be confident that, unlike many mountain climbing companies, all the members of the support team are well cared for and remunerated for the trip. Unfortunately on the mountain the competition is very tight and companies are undercutting each other everyday. It is not the companies that feel these cuts, the porters are the ones often badly exploited. As part of our mission to be a community conscious travel option we are driven by our ethics. We pay our teams well and do not rely on the guests tips to top up their salaries. We ensure that everyone is well fed on the mountain and that all the team climb in suitable attire so as not to put their health at risk. As our company grows so does our capacity to establish our own porters support project, as specialists in community development and public health we are dedicated to making sure we care for the health and welfare of all our mountain climbing teams.
Experienced guides and climbing teams
All our guides are experienced and have climbed with people of all different fitness and skill levels. They take great care of every client and monitor their health and well being each day. Our cooks are also experienced mountain cooks and whisk up hearty meals every day. No-one goes hungry on the mountain. We can cater to different eating requirements, just let us know beforehand.
Fully equipped and ready to climb
We ensure that you are all kitted out to reach the top. Prior to arrival we send you a suggested equipment list which includes the approximate local rental costs. As previously mentioned, we inspect your kit as part of your briefing to ensure it is suitable. We have all the necessary cooking and eating equipment for on the mountain. For those camping we provide you with your camping gear, including foam mattresses and tents. For hygiene reasons we stopped loaning sleeping bags and strongly suggests guests bring their own, however they can be hired locally if you require. If you know you will not be using any of your gear on your return home you are very welcome to leave these items with your guiding team. As we are sure you can imagine this is a very welcomed gift.
It is customary for climbers to tip the guides and the climbing team. This is discretionary and should depend on the level of service you received and be a mirror of your satisfaction of the professionalism of the team. We strongly feel this should not depend on whether or not you reached the top. Whilst discretionary, many of our guests ask us for a guideline so we suggest the following head guide: $15-$20 per day, assistant guide: $10-15 per day, cook: $10-15 per day, porters $7-10 per day, this total can be shared out amongst the group.
Sharing the triumph!
The whole honey badger team eagerly await your return and either Amos, Jenny or Joey are always keen to join you in your post trip de-brief with a cold drink. We feel triumph with every climber! We also welcome you to invite your guides back to enjoy a drink with you (on you) to give you more time to relish the experiences of the climb.
The different climb options
Kili - Marangu
Known by many as the “Coca-cola route”, Marangu is by far the most popular route. This is the shortest route and can be climbed in just 5 days, however this is not always best as allows less time for acclimatisation.
Kili - Machame
Many say this is the most beautiful route, your efforts will be rewarded with a unique scenic splendour that is not seen on the other commonly traversed routes. This route is often referred to as the “Whiskey route" is better suited to the slightly more adventurous hiker.
Kili - Lemosho
This is one of the least well known yet most beautiful routes. The start is west of the other gates, and passes through the Lemosho Glades where some of the game maybe seen.
Kili - Rongai
The Rongai route is the least well travelled route on the mountain. It is on the northern side and whilst it is a long drive to starting point but you are rewarded by fantastic views and the like hood that you will be only climbers around.
The second highest mountain in Tanzania at 4,5685m, the fifth highest in Africa. Mount Meru is one of Africa's most beautiful volcanoes. It is located within Arusha National Park giving walkers the opportunity to spot birds and wildlife. The ascent is quite steep, the route to the summit passes over streams, through parkland, montane forest, a giant heather zone and moorland.
Ol Doinyo Lengai is part of the volcanic system of the Great Rift Valley in eastern Africa. The name means the "Mountain of God" for the Maasai Tribes. You will climb to an altitude of 2886 meters (9524 feet). The volcano is unique in its production of natro-carbonaitite and after a steep climb, climbers are rewarded with viewing the rick glow of the molten lava.
Our prices vary according to the number of people in a group and the number of days taken to climb. Those interested in climbing with us should contact us directly with their specific requests; we can then provide you with a quote. However as an example a 6 day climb using the Machame route costs between $1680 and $1220 depending on the size of the group.
Our prices include…
- Full briefing before you trip
- Park fees
- Camping fees
- Rescue fees
- Camping equipment
- Food (3 meals per day)
- Salaries (guide, cooks, porters)
- Guest and crew transport
- Crew park fees
- Administration fee
- 2 nights accommodation at Honey Badge Lodge for before and after the climb
- Certificates of achievement
- International flights
- Travel insurance
- Alcoholic and Non-alcoholic beverages
- Additional personal equipment
Not up for a full climb? Why not enjoy a day trip up the mighty Mount Kilimanjaro?
For those who don’t want to summit the Mighty Kilimanjaro, a daytrip may offer you the perfect alternative; you can walk via the Marangu route up to Mandara Hut, which is 2,700 metres above sea level. The trip will take around 7 Hrs.
Kick back and relax
After a hard 5/6/7/8 days on the mountain we know you will need time to chill out. Honey Badger Lodge provides the perfect environment for this. There really is nothing place like it in Moshi. We are out of the hustle and bustle of town and surrounded by green and leafy gardens. The whole place aims to provide a relaxing and safe environment yet still allowing you to feel like you are part of Tanzania. We recommend allowing for a day or two (if you can) just chilling out; you can spend the day getting a massage or lounging by the large pool or sitting in the gardens or at the bar.
And for something different...
Why not add a few extras onto your trip to really make it unique... Here are some of our most popular items, however feel free to look at our local and cultural activities page for more ideas.
- A night of African music, dancing and food
- Visit our community projects and meet people who directly benefit from the support of Honey Badger Lodge
- Learn to cook the African way
- Learn to drum like a true African tribesman