Lake Eyasi Bushmen Tour

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Lake Eyasi nearby the south western fringe of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, the salty, sometimes dry Lake is rammed by the seep wall of the ancient Eyasi Rift. The area around Lake Eyasi is inhabited by the Hadzabe tribe (also called the Datoga). This ancient tribe which is believed to have arrived in the area more than 300 years ago was subsequently forced out of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro by the Maasai.

25Their language (nilo-hamitic) is vaguely similar to that of the San bushmen of South Africa. Also in this area are the Iraqw (called Wambulu) a tribe of cushitic origin.

3 Nights/4 Days – Bushman Cultural Tour.

Day – 1 – Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport, meet and transfer to Arusha for overnight at Hotel Impala or similar.

Day – 2 – After breakfast drive to Mang’ola at Lake Eyasi which lays to the south of the Ngorongoro Crater, passing through the arable land of Karatu. The night will be spent at the chemichemi camp water spring where fresh water comes from the Ngorongoro Crater highlands. In the evening your guide will tell you about the history and culture of Hadzabe and Datoga.

Day – 3 – Early morning tea/coffee go hunting with the Hadzabe. For them hunting and collecting honey is not a funny activity but a daily obligation. Don’t be surprised if you are given a bow and arrow to hunt. With little luck you may experience a successful kill. Part of the meat will be eaten among the hunters, while the rest will be taken home for their wives and children’s. Break for lunch at the camp. Late evening you will visit another tribe Datoga or a Mang’ati who are the Maasai cattle rustlers. Dinner and overnight at Mang’ola.26

Day – 4 – After breakfast depart for flamingo tour on the shores of Lake Eyasi. Break for lunch and depart to Arusha.

End of Tour.