Making People and Wildlife Interdependent

Who we are

We believe that change is driven by communities taking ownership of their future and shaping it in their vision. This means that we not only think that communities can run their own conservation areas—they need to. We empower communities by building up their in-house capabilities to run community protected areas in an effort to achieve sustainability across three dimensions: financial, environmental, and social. We have a core team of more than 50 individuals—all Tanzanians, ranging from tech-savvy university graduates to veteran anti-poaching commanders, future women leaders to Maasai elders—who are committed to achieving our goal. When communities are equipped with the tools and skills necessary to take the lead in conservation, our work is done.

What we do

Honeyguide runs community-based conservation initiatives across nearly 1.2 million acres of wilderness in Tanzania. We work with communities across five program areas—enterprise development, management & governance, communications, human-wildlife conflict prevention, and wildlife & habitat protection—to advance sustainable practices in local conservation. These programs are interlinked, supporting and depending on each other to create robust, fully-functioning community protected areas.

Management & Governance

Human-Wildlife Conflict Prevention

Human-Wildlife Conflict Prevention

Reducing and de-escalating human-wildlife conflicts

Wildlife & Habitat Protection

Where we work

Honeyguide focuses on large landscapes that serve as dispersal areas and critical migratory routes for wildlife in northern Tanzania. With 60 percent of wildlife in Tanzania living outside of national parks at any given time, protection of community lands, which are increasingly being designated as Wildlife Management Areas, is necessary and pressing for protecting Tanzania’s breathtaking biodiversity. It is in these community conservation areas where Honeyguide, in partnership with the Tanzanian government and other like-minded organizations, supports initiatives that will result in sustainable outcomes.




Manyara Ranch

Our Mission is to build and support robust and sustainable community-based conservation outcomes in northern Tanzania.

Our Vision is that communities and wildlife in northern Tanzania will benefit from each other’s existence and thrive for generations to come.

Our Impact 2019

Honeyguide’s major goal is for communities in northern Tanzania to protect and benefit from the rich wildlife and habitat around them. Primarily working with Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs), Honeyguide will, in the next five years, enable Randilen, Burunge and Makame to become sustainable WMAs.

What do we mean by that and how are we progressing towards this goal?  Honeyguide is a results-orientated organization; watch our video to understand our impact for 2019.

Strategic Plan 2017 – 2021

Honeyguide envisions a Tanzania in which people and wildlife benefit from each other’s presence. We believe this can be achieved by:

  • Reducing the costs of wildlife to local people
  • Developing nature-based enterprises that increase the benefits of wildlife
  • Working with communities to protect wildlife from illegal use
  • Supporting the development of capable management and governance
  • Improving local attitudes and awareness about wildlife and conservation

Read our Strategic Plan to see what steps we plan to take over the next five years to advance these programmatic goals.

From the blog

Our Supporters

“We proudly deployed the new scouts and look forward to the partnership with Honeyguide.”
Melembuki Meishurie, First Ever Manager of a WMA (Randilen) in Tanzania