Hadzabe People in Lake Eyasi Tanzania
Hadzabe People of Tanzania
Imagine being able to go on a hunt with Tanzania’s last nomadic hunter gatherer tribe!
If you are heading on safari to Tanzania’s Northern Circuit (Serengeti, Lake Manyara, Tarangire & Ngorongoro) then you are only a couple of hours drive from the region of Lake Eyasi where the Hadzabe and their neighbours the Datoga live.
This cultural experience is often neglected by many tourists, but those you dedicate the extra few days to make this journey will be well rewarded.
“You are recommended this as a add-on to your safari since you are already in the neighbourhood”
Lake Eyasi the home of these tribes is located South West of the Ngorongoro Crater and conservation area. Its a bumby, dusty ride of around 1.5-2 hours but well worth the effort.
Who are the Hadzabe or Hadza?
This small tribe of nomadic hunter, gatherers are thought to be the earliest primitive inhabitants of Tropical Africa. They have distant links to the Bushmen of the Kalahari and belong to the Khoisan people – those who speak in clicks.
They currently live around the Lake Eyasi basin and live purely off the land – hunting wild animals and eating berries, roots, honey and baobab fruit. They own no cattle and no do they do any agriculture, they depend solely on the bush.
Who are the Datoga?
These pastoralists are also skilled silversmith’s who live near the Hadza and supply them with iron tips, knives and spears in exchange for honey and fruits.
Their origins are the Horn of Africa thought to have immigrated some 3,000 years ago. They wear traditional dress decorated in coloured beads and the women often have facial scarification for beauty.
- Early morning hunt observing the Hadza men in action with their bow & arrows
- Visiting the women at their makeshift homestead
- Lessons from the Hadza men and boys on using the bow and arrow
- Purchasing beaded items from the Hadza women
- Visiting a traditional Datoga homestead run by the women
- Wonderful photo opportunities of the Datoga women in traditional dress
- Visiting the traditional Datoga Silversmiths in their outside workshop
- Purchasing Datoga made mini-spears and jewellery as souvenirs
- Beautiful Baobab tree landscapes whilst on hunt with the Hadza
- Unlike other tribes in the region, the Hadza do no pierce their ears
- The Hadza were in Africa before the Bantu arrived in the 1st millenium
- The Hadza still live like their ancestors during the Stone Age period
- According to a Oxfam study, in 2005 there were only around 3,000 Hadza left
- Hadza homes are temporary camps built from sticks and grass
- The Datoga women love to adorn their faces with scarification to look beautiful
The best time to visit this region is during the dry seasons and peak tourist months of June – September and December – March. Whilst it is possible to visit the Hadzabe and Datoga tribes during the rainy season the roads are very muddy making it a long, boggy journey.
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