Lake Eyasi Hadzabe bushmen safari
6 days hadzabe bushmen and Datoga safari
Lake Eyasi Game Reserve
Lake Eyasi is a seasonal shallow soda lake on the floor of the Great Rift Valley at the base of the Serengeti Plateau, just south of the Serengeti National Park and immediately southwest of the Ngorongoro Crater in the Crater Highlands of Tanzania. The lake is elongated, orientated southwest to northeast, and lies in the Eyasi-Wembere branch of the Great Rift Valley. The lake is mostly filled by the Sibiti rive
The Hadzabe are the indigenous inhabitants of the lake. They are found along most of the perimeter, though camps are few along most of the Serengeti, which is Maasai territory.
They are among the greatest attractions in the Northern Circuit, due to their primitive but exciting lifestyle. They wear animal skin, they hunt and eat monkeys and they have kept their traditions with minimal influence from the outside world. Their language resembles the click languages of other bushmen further south in the Kalahari. They are often willing for visitors to come and see their simple bush homes where the tree canopy alone or a cave provides them with shelter. They live entirely off the bush and from hunting Several very pleasant, private campsites are located in the forest clearings by the lake, these provide grassy tent spaces, shower and toilet facilities made as far as possible from local materials. At night a cool breeze keeps away mosquitoes. This is an ideal place for bird-watchers or those who just want to relax to spend two or three nights in total peace
HUNTING WITH THE HADZABE BUSHMEN
6 days full of tribal life at Lake Eyasi
Day 1 LAKE EYASI
In the early morning we’ll pick you up at your hotel in Arusha and depart for Lake Eyasi, east of Lake Manyara. After our arrival at the Lake Eyasi bush camp we’ll make a guided walk to get familar with the surroundings and learn more about the culture around here. We’ll have a very active day before returning to our camp for dinner.
Day 2 FULL DAY WITH BUSHMEN
Our local guide will introduce you to the Hadzabe Bushmen in the Morning then you will depart for food gathering. You will visit the places where they gather fruits, roots as well as the places they get water during dry season. If you don’t understand anything just ask the guide and he will be translating everything you come across with. You will see the caves used by Hadzabe as their home, later you will be back to the camp for dinner and overnight.
Day 3 HADZABE BUSHMEN HUNT
We will have an exciting day. Accompanied by a local guide you will be introduced to the Hadzabe bushmen in the morning. You will witness how they get ready for hunting and watch them preparing arrows using poison.
Then we’ll take off all together for a hunt. Our guide is very experienced and will interpret what we will get to see. After returning from hunting our guide will show us around where the Hadzabe live – they use caves as a home. We’ll see the places where they collect fruits and roots and find their water during dry season.
Day 4 HADZABE EVERYDAY LIFE
Today we will hike together with the Hadzabe. We’ll see how they make fire and which typed of trees are suitable for what purpose. The Hadzabe will show us where they collect honey and teach us how they cure diseases preparing medicines of nature’s gifts. We’ll be back to our bush campsite for dinner.
Day 5 VISITING THE DATOGA NOMADS
After breakfast we will visit the Datoga nomads, a group of families families living around Lake Eyasi as well. Our local guide speaks their language and can answer any question. The Datoga are mostly pastoralists and are used to biological food. They move from place to place to find good pastures for their animals. At dinnertime we’ll return to the Bush Campsite .
Day 6 DATOGA EVERYDAY LIFE
Right after breakfast we’ll return to the Datoga to learn more about their way of life. We’ll see them digging holes for water and hunt small animals they like to eat. They’ll show us how they keep their food. And if we’re lucky there is a ceremonial party we can attend. The best season for wedding and circumcision ceremonies is from January to July.