Lake Eyasi

Authentic African Cultural Experiences

Accompany the Hadzabe Bushmen, early in the morning, to hunt! This is one of the most enriching and memorable activities you can do for an authentic African cultural experience.

Lake Eyasi is the mildly alkaline lake in the Central Rift Valley, stretching for about 50 km to the south-west. To the north-east the horizon is dominated by the Ngorongoro Crater highlands, to the north beyond an escarpment, lie the plains of the Serengeti plateau.

Over 100 year ago when the stronger Maasai tribes moved into the Ngorongoro and Serengeti, the Datoga and other indigenous bushmen living there were pushed south. Most of them made Lake Eyasi and its surrounding bush and forest their home.

Hadzabe hunter
Practicing archery with Hadzabe Bushmen

From Lake Eyasi you can visit the Hadzabe tribe who are hunter and gatherers believed to have lived here for nearly 10,000 years.

Their language is characterised by clicks and may be distantly related to that of the San Bushmen of South Africa.

The lifestyle of the Hadzabe still depends on hunting and gathering traditions. It is believed around 1,200-13,000 Hadzabe people live in Tanzania.

Activities

In Lake Eyasi you can do:

  • Guided walking safaris
  • Visit a local Hadzabe bushmen tribe
  • Visit a Datoga blacksmith tribe
  • Visiting an onion agricultural community

How to Get There

Lake Eyasi is 3 hours drive from Arusha.

When to Go

June to March

Experience Lake Eyasi

Trekking with the Hadzabe Bushmen tribe is one of the greatest experiences. These are the last of the hunter-gatherer tribes and going out with them on a hunt is really fascinating and takes you back to a different era. Hunting with the Hadzabe tribe is usually done early in the morning and takes between 3-4 hours. The walking is fairly quick though if they find any sizeable game they will start running at full speed with their arrows ready to shoot.

You will also have an opportunity to visit another tribe at Lake Eyasi known as Datoga, the blacksmith tribe. Experience how the communities exist here in this different environment.

Contact our experts on how you can include Lake Eyasi in your itinerary.

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