Whether it’s visiting the highly acclaimed UNESCO world heritage site and one of the recently awarded 7 nature wonders of the world, namely the Ngorongoro Crater, or following the migration through the Serengeti, winding through the forests in Lake Manyara or counting the abundance of elephants in Tarangire or getting further of the well trodden paths. Whether you are an individual, a group or a tour operator, we can arrange your safari for you. For many a Tanzanian safari is a once in a lifetime opportunity and we know how important it is to get it right. We tailor make our safari packaged to suit. When people choose to go on safari with us they are not just getting a tour company, they are getting a concerned friend who wants to be sure everything goes well!
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 safari and get time to meet your driver-guide and ask any questions. While you are on safari we are in daily or twice daily contact with you and your guide to hear how the trip is going and to see if you want to make any changes along the way. We are as flexible as possible to ensure that you get all that you want out of your trip.
Safari accommodation options
For your safari you can opt for a luxury lodge based safari or for a more budget camping safari. There are two tiers of lodges throughout the parks and we ask you to choose between mid or high range lodges. All the lodges are clean and comfortable and have spectacular views of scenes that must be seen to understand. All meals are provided as well as packed lunches to enjoy whilst you are in the parks. If you fancy getting even closer to nature or just for a more budget option you can choose a camping safari. This option enables you to experience some wild camping but with peace of mind that you are staying with experienced guides, the luxury of having a cook prepare you delicious meals morning, noon and night and the ease of having others set up your camp (tents etc.) each day.
Experienced driver-guides and cooks
All our driver-guides are experienced and have excellent spoken English. If you require a driver with different language skills you can also enquire and we can see what we can do. Our guides are passionate about Tanzania and her beauty. They get as excited to see the different birds and animals as you will. They are extremely knowledge about the country’s flora and fauna and will give you as much information as you like. Our cooks are experienced bush cooks and whisk you up hearty meals each day. We can cater to different eating requirements, just let us know beforehand. You will very much enjoy get know your safari teams, they are great characters!
Four by Four by FAR!!! Fully equipped and ready to go...
All our safari vehicles are 4x4 and have full game viewing roofs. 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. Whilst discretionary, many of our guests ask us for a guideline so we suggest the following driver-guide: $7-$10 per day, cook: $5-8 per day this total can be shared out amongst the group.
A lovely welcome home!
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. Whilst we are fortunate to have visited the parks numerous times we still feel the exhilaration with every guest of safari. We love to see your photos and hear about your experience. 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 your safari.
Your personalised itinerary
We pride ourselves in offering tailor made experiences, however the options are many and we realise that the decision can be daunting and difficult to make. It is hard to know how many days you want to go for, where you should go and in what order you should visit the different parks. That is why we are here, we have years of experience of offering safaris and will make different suggestions to suit your needs. In order to help you in making a decision we suggest you have a look at the park descriptions and see what takes your fancy, you can also look at some of our sample itineraries and tell us which bits you like of which safari options and we can combine them to make your own personalised plan. If you would like to have some time doing walking safaris, then let us know and we can make suggestions for you. If you would like to combine an adventure on the Northern circuit with trips to other locations e.g. Saadani national park (on the coast) or any of the Southern circuit parks then also let us know and we can accommodate this and organise your trip for you. You can also add extra days and activities should you be interested.
Tanzania’s Northern Circuit National Parks
Source: Tanzania National Parks website
The Serengeti National Park
Size: 14,763 sq km (5,700 sq miles)
Location: 335km (208 miles) from Arusha, stretching north to Kenya and bordering Lake Victoria to the west
Tanzania's oldest and most popular national park, also a world heritage site and recently proclaimed a 7th world wide wonder, the Serengeti is famed for its annual migration, when some six million hooves pound the open plains. Yet even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti offers arguably the most scintillating game-viewing in Africa: great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffe, and thousands upon thousands of eland, topi, kongoni, impala and Grant’s gazelle. Golden-maned lion prides feast on the abundance of plain grazers. Solitary leopards haunt the acacia trees lining the Seronera River, while a high density of cheetahs prowls the southeastern plains. Almost uniquely, all three African jackal species occur here, alongside the spotted hyena and a host of more elusive small predators, ranging from the insectivorous aardwolf to the beautiful serval cat.
The route and timing of the wildebeest migration is unpredictable. Allow at least three days to be assured of seeing them on your visit - longer if you want to see the main predators as well. However many say the best time to see the migration is between December-July and between June and October to see the main predators hunting. If you would like to include the Serengeti in your safari we recommend at least 3 day total trip (equating to one night in the Serengeti), however more is advisable.
The Ngorongoro crater
The Ngorongoro Crater is a large, unbroken, unflooded volcanic caldera which formed when a giant volcano exploded and collapsed on itself some two to three million years ago. The whole area was awarded World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Reserve Status. Around 25000 animals live in the the Ngorongoro Crater throughout the year, where the numbers can increases to 2.5 million when the complete Ngorongoro is considered, depending on the time of the year. These include wildebeest, Zebra, Gazelle, buffalo, eland, hartebeest and warthog. The swamps and forest provide additional resources for hippo, elephant, waterbuck, reedbuck, and bushbuck, baboons and vervet monkeys.
Predatory animals in the Ngorongoro Crater like leopards, lion, cheetah, serval cat, live off the abundant wildlife; large packs of hyena roam the Ngorongoro crater, making their own kills and scavenging from others. Lions in particular are abundant in the Ngorongoro Crater. There are five main crater prides of between 10-20 animals each defending its own territory. Cheetahs live in the Ngorongoro Crater but sometimes find it hard to defend their kills against the many lions so it is often better to see these animals on the plains of the Serengeti. Leopards are found in the forests and along the Munge stream, but they are solitary creatures, secretive and able to be spotted by well trained guides. Ngorongoro Crater is one of the few places in East Africa where visitors can be certain of seeing the rhino in its natural environment.
Birdlife in the Ngorongoro Crater is superb. The mixture of forest, canyons, grassland plains, lakes and marshes provided habitats for a wide range of birdlife. The wet months see the arrival of the Eurasian migrants at the open pools. White storks, yellow wagtails and swallows mingle with the local inhabitants: stilts, saddle bill storks, Ibis, ruff, and various species of duck. Lesser flamingoes fly in to feed from their breeding grounds at Lake Natron. Distinctive grassland birds - ostrich, kori bustards, and crowned cranes - abound.
The crater can be visited at any time throughout the year. The authorities issue permits for 6 hour sessions, we feel this is ample time to explore all the different crooks and cranies. However additional sessions can be requested.
Tarangire National Park
Size: 2850 sq km (1,096 sq miles)
Location: 118 km (75 miles) southwest of Arusha
Herds of up to 300 elephants scratch the dry river bed for underground streams, while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland crowd the shrinking lagoons. It's the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem and the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as the stately fringe-eared oryx and peculiar long-necked gerenuk are regularly observed. This park can be visited either in the wet or the dry season, and used to be a park that was overlooked. However the last few years have seen a big change in the park and for many of our guides its a firm favourite during the dry season, when the animals migrate to enjoy the riverside.
The swamps, tinged green year round, are the focus for 550 bird varieties, the most breeding species in one habitat anywhere in the world. More ardent bird-lovers might keep an eye open for screeching flocks of the dazzlingly colourful yellow-collared lovebird, and the somewhat drabber rufous-tailed weaver and ashy starling – all endemic to the dry savannah of north-central Tanzania.
Tarangire's pythons climb trees, as do its lions and leopards, lounging in the branches where the fruit of the sausage tree disguises the twitch of a tail.
You can visit throughout the year, however the most game will be viewed during the dry season (June-September). This park can be visited as a day trip (albeit a long day) from the lodge and provides an exciting alternative for the slightly closer Arusha national park.
Lake Manyara National Park
Size: 330 sq km (127 sq miles), of which up to 200 sq km (77 sq miles) is lake when water levels are high.
Lake Manyara is situated 1.5 hours (126km/80 miles) west of Arusha along a newly surfaced road, close to the ethnically diverse market town of Mto wa Mbu.
Stretching for 50km along the base of the rusty-gold 600-metre high Rift Valley escarpment, Lake Manyara is a scenic gem, with a setting extolled by Ernest Hemingway as “the loveliest I had seen in Africa”. The compact game-viewing circuit through Manyara offers a virtual microcosm of the Tanzanian safari experience.
From the entrance gate, the road winds through an expanse of lush jungle-like groundwater forest where you will withness hundred-strong baboon troops, blue monkeys, outsized forest hornbills and get up close and personal with the resident elephants. Contrasting with the intimacy of the forest is the grassy floodplain and its expansive views eastward, across the alkaline lake, to the jagged blue volcanic peaks that rise from the endless Maasai Steppes. Large buffalo, wildebeest and zebra herds congregate on these grassy plains, as do giraffes – some so dark in coloration that they appear to be black from a distance. Inland of the floodplain, a narrow belt of acacia woodland is the favoured haunt of Manyara’s legendary tree-climbing lions. Manyara provides the perfect introduction to Tanzania’s birdlife. More than 400 species have been recorded, and even a first-time visitor to Africa might reasonably expect to observe 100 of these in one day. Highlights include thousands of pink-hued flamingos on their perpetual migration, as well as other large waterbirds such as pelicans, cormorants and storks
The lake is best visited in the dry season (July-October) for large mammals and in the wet season (November-June) for bird watching, the waterfalls and canoeing. Lake Manyara can, like Tarangire, be visited as a day trip (again a long one) but it is possible for those wanting a different option. Or as part of a larger package (see below).
At an altitude of 600m this is one of the lowest lakes in the East African rift valleys. A salt lake located in northern Tanzania, close to the Kenyan border. The lake is fed by the Ewaso Ng'iro River but also by mineral-rich hot springs and is quite shallow, less than three meters (10 feet) deep, and varies in width depending on its water level, which changes due to high levels of evaporation, leaving concentrations of salt and other minerals, notably sodium carbonate (natron). The surrounding country is dry and receives irregular seasonal rainfall. The lake falls within the Lake Natron Basin Wetlands of International Importance Ramsar Site. Temperatures in the lake can reach 50 degrees Celsius (120 degrees F ``/hrenheit), and depending on rainfall, the alkalinity can reach a pH of 9 to 10.5 (almost as alkaline as ammonia).
If you are interested in walking and getting out of the car to experience more of Tanzania then Lake Natron would be good for you. Lake Natron is also a wonderful place to watch the birds. A wide variety can be seen here including weavers, bee-eaters, vultures, eagles, storks, egrets, corrie bustards, sparrow, doves, buzzards and hawks.
Arusha National Park
Arusha National Park is located 95km from Moshi town and 35 kilometers from Kilimanjaro International Airport; it is the closest national park to Moshi and Honey Badger. The park is one of the smaller national parks in Tanzania with 137 square kilometers. Nevertheless, it has diverse topography that can catch your eyes and heart. The notable features are Ngurdoto Crater, Momella Lakes, and Mount Meru, which is among the best places to get a great view of Mount Kilimanjaro rising above the clouds. Arusha National Park has wide range of vegetations; the slopes of Ngurdoto Crater are covered with rainforest, swamps and lush savannah are found on the crater floor and alpine moorland in the slopes of Meru Mountain.
The vegetation that support more than 300 species of birds, some are migratory and others permanently live in the forests. Birds mostly seen here are waterfowls, huge flocks of Flamingos can also be seen at Momella Lakes, and if lucky martial eagle African Marsh Harrier, and Taita Falcons. There is also large game viewing in the park, there are large concentrations of giraffes, buffalo, Zebra, Colobus monkey, bushbuck, reedbuck, waterbuck, warthog, Leopards and spotted hyenas. Elephants may be seen but not so commonly and there are no cats in this park. However this makes it a great place to go for a picnic (we took our 1.5 year old twins there for their first safari and they loved it!).
You won’t be disappointed to visit this park, the park is ideal for a day tour /game drive, which can be combined with walking excursions; or acclimatization before climbing Kilimanjaro, which can take 2 days to Mariakamba Hut or 4 Days to the top of Mount Meru. Moreover, visitors can combine the game drive with cultural interaction with Maasai tribesmen of Mkuru Village. Arusha National Park can be visited throughout the year, but best months to climb Meru Mountain are June-February although it may rain in November. Best views of Kilimanjaro December-February.
Tourists hardly know this wild, still nearly unexplored landscape, and you will be particularly impressed of it. Lake Eyasi is a mildly alkaline lake stretching for about 50 km (31 miles) to the southwest. To the northeast, as far as your eyes can see, the horizon is dominated by the impressive Crater Highlands, to the north the plains of the Serengeti.
This area is inhabited by small groups of bushmen - the Hadza and Watindiga, who live in groups hunting with bow and arrows and gathering roots, tubers and wild fruits much as humankind lived in the Stone Age.Over 100 years ago, when the stronger Masai tribes moved into the Ngorongoro and Serengeti, the tribes made the area around Lake Eyasi their home. Another interesting tribe in the area is the Datoga. These are the last remaining tribes of bushmen in East Africa.
Let us know if you want to add this to any of your trips and we will!
Sample Safari Itineraries
‘Short but as sweet as honey’
2 days and 1 night: Includes either Lake Manyara or Tarangire and a visit to the Ngorongoro crater.
‘More than a weekend away’
3 days and 2 nights: Includes Lake Manyara, Tarangire and Ngorongoro crater or Lake Manyara or Tarangire and Serengeti and Ngorongoro crater
‘Badger’s great break away’
4 days and 3 nights: Includes Lake Manyara or Tarangire, the Serengeti, a visit to the Olduvai gorge and Ngorongoro crater
'The Big Badger’
5 days and 4 nights: Includes Lake Manyara, Tarangire, the Serengeti, a visit to Olduvai gorge and Ngorongoro crater Or you could exchange either Lake Manyara or Tarangire for a trip to Lake Natron.
‘Honey Badger’s special big game viewing’
6 days and 5 nights: Includes Lake Natron, Lake Manyara, Tarangire, 2 nights in the Serengeti, Ngorongoro crater and a visit to Olduvai gorge
‘A steady trip with the Badger’
7 days and 6 nights: Includes Tarangire for 2 nights, Lake Manyara, 3 nights in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro crater with a visit to Olduvai gorge.
‘Take the Badger to the Lake’
10 days and 9 nights: This is an ultimate Northeast to west sweep and takes you from Moshi to Mwanza. Jenny and Joseph lived in Mwanza for 5 years and know the best spots and assure you an incredible time. The trip will take you through the top national parks including Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro crater, Serengeti and then to Mwanza where you can choose to go to another untouched and mostly unknown national park in the Lake called Rubondo island or to a hidden jem in the hills around the lake. Let us know if you are interested in this and we will discuss the options with you.
Example of Additional Activities
- Hot air ballooning over Tarangire or the Serengeti
- Horse riding
- Visit to a Maasai Boma
- A day trip to Arusha National park
Our prices vary according to the number of people in a group, the number of days as well as your accommodation options. Those interested in going on safari with us should contact us directly with their specific requests; we can then provide you with a quote. For safaris of 4 days we give you one night complimentary for before or after your safari, for those who opt for a safari 5 days or over we give you two complimentary nights accommodation at Honey Badger Lodge. However the following can be used as a guideline:
- Camping Safaris: $150-$250 per person per day
- Mid-range Lodge Safari: $250 - $350 per person per day
- Top-range Lodge Safari: $350 - $450 per person per day
- Luxury-range lodge safaris: $450+ per person per day
Please note these are approximate prices. We tailor make all our packages to suit each groups needs, therefore please contact us for a detailed pricing.
Our prices include…
- Full briefing before you trip
- Park fees
- Camping equipment (where necessary)
- Food (3 meals per day)
- A qualified driver guide (and when camping an excellent bush cook)
- 4 X 4 game viewing vehicles
- Administration fee
- Accommodation at Honey Badge Lodge for safaris of over 4 days
- International flights
- Travel insurance
- Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
- Additional personal equipment
Why not take on the Honey Badger Challenge...
After your trip we warmly welcome you to kick back and relax
After bouncing around in the national parks 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