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“Really nice place but location is a downfall”
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Honey Badger Lodge
Ranked #1 of 65 Specialty Lodging in Moshi
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Cleveland, Ohio
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99 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Really nice place but location is a downfall”
Reviewed February 22, 2014

Honey Badger, yes, is nice with a very friendly staff. It's a bit pricier than other Moshi options but you get your money's worth: rooms are big and clean, the bar and pool are great and the kitchen makes good food.

Its location is a bit of a downfall though. It's a GOOD 6km out of town - over an hours' walk (or a 10,000 TSH cab ride). There aren't really any other restaurants within walking distance and HB only offers one meal choice for dinner (a met and veg option) for 15,000 per person (which was much more than we've spent on dinner anywhere in Tanzania). So you're either stuck ordering appetizers for dinner or spending the 15,000 per person on their offered dinner option. (They do serve pizzas on the weekends).

If you want to book any tours, you're stuck going through them or hiring a cab into town to find something on your own. (we found cheaper options for tours in town).

After two nights here, we moved to town for our budget's sake.

So, if money isn't really a concern, absolutely stay here - it's great. (The out of town location is an advantage as there aren't any tour guides hounding you here like you'll find every time you step onto the street in Moshi town).

In searching for other places to stay in Moshi, we noticed a few of the out of town lodgings offer a daily (free) shuttle to town or bicycles so guests could get to town without paying so much for a cab. Those would be great ideas for HB!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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HoneyBadgerLodge, Owner at Honey Badger Lodge, responded to this review, March 19, 2014
Dear Guest,
Thank you for taking the time to review our lodge. We very much appreciate receiving your feedback. We would like to take this opportunity to respond to a few of the issues that you raised. Firstly our lodge is exactly 6kms from town and only costs 50 US cents to reach town on public transport which can be conveniently taken from the end of the road. An option many of our guests enjoy. Secondly concerning the food, we are glad that you enjoyed the food. In line with us being both environmentally and community conscious we have opted for a set menu which reduces the waste that is caused by a larger a la carte menu, something that just seems wrong given the community in which we live. However should any guest not like the option on a given day, our kitchen is flexible and can make different options should they be asked. Your comment on the price surprised us, our 3 course, hearty meal costs less than $10 per person, something that you cannot get in town anywhere else. Finally concerning your comments about tours being cheaper in town. It is possible to find cheaper trips in town, we can guarantee that these will be from unlicensed touts and companies. Such operators are able to do this owing to the lack of overheads, registration fees and often unfair remuneration of their teams. As one of Moshi’s reputable and fully licensed companies we are committed to providing a quality guarantee not just to the clients but to our staff and to the communities to who we visit.
We once again thank you for taking the time to review our lodge and we wish you all the very best
Warm regards
The Honey Badger Team
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Reviewed January 25, 2014

I have to be honest the only reason we booked the Honey Badger was because of the name, but it turned out to be better than expected! Great rooms, friendly staff, delicious food and drinks, and relaxing pool.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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HoneyBadgerLodge, Owner at Honey Badger Lodge, responded to this review, February 10, 2014
Really sorry you didn't get to see a Honey Badger for real,( there not the friendliest of animals anyway) but glad that you enjoyed your stay with us, You are welcome back anytime. Karibuni
Jenny & Joey
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Reviewed January 20, 2014

We stayed here with the family and grandchildren over christmas prior to going on safari. ttis a really great place to chill out. Great rooms , great pool and really nice environment. The staff are really helpful and can arrange any trips for you. Short taxi ride into Moshi. Would be a great place to recuperate after a Killy trip. We were there for 6 days and the food got a bit boring . If they addressed the food choices it would be difficult to fault this place

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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HoneyBadgerLodge, Owner at Honey Badger Lodge, responded to this review, March 4, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to review our lodge. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay at the lodge and found us a relaxing place to rest after your climb. This is what we intend to achieve for all our mountain climbing and safari guests as well as those who just want a break away somewhere that they can feel at home and get a real sense of African hospitality. We are sorry that you found the food a little boring and of course take your comments on board. At Honey Badger we offer a fusion of African and international cuisine, in order to reduce wastage and to encourage a family feel we use a set menu (which changes daily) and where possible encourage our guests to dine together to share stories and experiences. We also have a snack menu and offer pizza at the weekends. We are currently reviewing our menu and are intending to include more choices on the set menu but also do encourage our guests to speak with our team should they not be happy with the choices that we put on offer each day. We are continuing to train our kitchen team (many of whom are locally hired and not professionally trained) on different dishes and to expand our options. We try and be as flexible as possible to the needs of our guests.

Thank you again for your comments and we warmly welcome you back to the lodge whenever you can,

Warmest regards
Jenny, Joseph and the whole Honey Badger Teanm
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Reviewed January 2, 2014

We came upon the Honey Badger lodge by chance. It was a wonderful experience! The people are very nice, the rooms are very big, clean and have very nice beds.
We were staying there also during the day, because our plane left late in the afternoon, so all day we enjoyed the beautiful big swimming pool and the nice terrace surrounding it.
The food and cocktail are great as. The prices are very acceptable and there is WiFi near the restaurant.

We had a very pleasant stay here and when I will go back to Moshi I will definately go back to the Honey Badger again!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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HoneyBadgerLodge, Owner at Honey Badger Lodge, responded to this review, February 12, 2014
Thank you for taking time to give us this feed back, we always appreciate hearing from our guests and will certainly pass your comments on to our staff. We are glad that you found us and will welcome you back whenever you return to Moshi - Karibu
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Reviewed December 27, 2013 via mobile

The Honey Badger hotel is a safe, clean, and quiet place that is family owned and gives back to the community in many ways. My stay was only that of a few weeks in Tanzania but i had spent enough time to get to know the staff and i must say that these are some of the nicest people i had met. Manu, Anderson, and Daudi realy helped work with my situation so that my group was well taken care of.
Their dorms are decently priced for the quick stay and the rooms are awesome with more than reasonable rates as well. Thanks again guys!

Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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HoneyBadgerLodge, Manager at Honey Badger Lodge, responded to this review, February 12, 2014
Thank you for your kind comments about our lodge and our staff. We will certainly let the guys know what you said and i know that they would be happy to have you return whenever you can. Thank you also for taking the time to reply, we really do appreciate feedback.
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Reviewed December 20, 2013

Been back to Honey Badger again, it just gets better! Rooms have been personalised, and a great improvement is there is a safe in the room now. Soaps were from local women's group which is a lovely touch. The cocktails get better too, as well as the pizza's - a lovely treat when so far from home. I'll be back again soon. I did a couple of safaris/trips arranged by Amos, and they were just right for me, and perfectly organised. It really is a home away from home.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
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HoneyBadgerLodge, Manager at Honey Badger Lodge, responded to this review, February 12, 2014
Thank you for your review, and for taking the time to do this, again! We are glad that you liked the improvements we have made, and keep making. Also we are pleased to note that the trips Amos arranged for you fitted your requests - we will let him know. We will be happy when you return as the cocktail menu keeps changing too and needs testing - again. Best Wishes Mannu
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Reviewed December 13, 2013

Hands down, the Honey Badger is the most comfortable, relaxing, and enjoyable place to stay in Moshi. From spacious rooms to a refreshing pool, the facilities are amazing. But what really made the experience worth while was the care that the staff worked with. I felt like family and was treated as such. Thank you HBL for a great place to stay and I will 100% be back soon. To any traveller, I fully recommend this resort and encourage you to contact me at jackson.mcdonough@hotmail.com if you have any questions or concerns about the place! I would be happy to share my knowledge! Couldn't imagine staying any where else!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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HoneyBadgerLodge, Owner at Honey Badger Lodge, responded to this review, February 12, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to give us this feed back and we are really glad that you had a good stay with us, and even better, that you plan to return. We will pass your comments on to our staff and look forward to seeing you again whenever you can make it. Best regards Jenny & Joey
PS glad that Kilimanjaro put on a good show for you, she is often quite shy and hides behinds the clouds.
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Property: Honey Badger Lodge
Address: Moshi/Dar Es Salaam Road, Moshi, Tanzania
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Location: Tanzania > Kilimanjaro Region > Moshi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 65 Specialty Lodging in Moshi
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Hotel Class:3 star — Honey Badger Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our lodge is a family run, solar powered oasis situated just outside Moshi town (Tanzania) with breathtaking views of Mount Kilimanjaro. Our grounds are spacious and gardens are lush providing guests with a lovely natural relaxing environment. Our location enables guests to experience rural life in Tanzania and therefore feel they are more in touch with the country they are visiting. We are THE BEST VALUE ACCOMMODATION OPTION IN THE REGION. We offer tailored made mountain climbing and safari packages and a wide variety of local and cultural tours and activities. These include: coffee tours, trips to visit waterfalls, hot springs, caves and blacksmiths. forest and village walks, African banquets, drumming and dancing shows, cooking, drumming and dancing lessons and more. The best part is, when you choose to support us you are inadvertently supporting local community development initiatives. The directors of Honey Badger have over 12 years of experience in the field of community development and public health and are working hard to ensure Honey Badger is an integral part of the community and its development. We also have volunteer placements for those interested in staying longer and getting involved. ... more   less 
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