Go hunting with the Hadzabe Tribe
The Hadzabe tribe are a hunter-gatherer people who live in northern Tanzania..
*picture from The Nature Conservancy
The Hadzabe are considered one of the last hunter-gatherer tribes in Africa with approximately 1,300 tribe members. Their native homeland includes the Eyasi Valley and nearby hills. The Hadzabe remain an important study focus for anthropologists, as they represent a modern link to ways of human existence and survival largely abandoned by most of humanity.
The Hadzabe speak a unique language known as Hadzane, which incorporates clicking and popping sounds as well as more familiar sounds. According to their own history, which they preserve through oral tradition, the Hadzabe have lived in their current environment bordering the Serengeti plains since their first days as a unique group.
Hadzabe tribe history
The Hadzabe people, a hunter-gatherer tribe of approximately 1,300 members, are one of the last remaining examples of a way of life that humans practiced for thousands of years. Living in the Eyasi Valley and nearby hills in northern Tanzania, the Hadzabe rely solely on hunting and foraging for their sustenance. They do not raise any livestock or grow their own food.
Despite the lack of modern conveniences, the Hadzabe have developed unique survival skills that have enabled them to thrive for thousands of years. They hunt with handmade bows and arrows, and forage for edible plants to create a plant-based diet. Their diet also includes meat, fat, and honey. The Hadzabe have few possessions and create temporary shelters using dried grass and branches.
The Hadzabe speak a language known as Hadzane, which is unique and incorporates clicking and popping sounds. Their oral history, passed down through generations, claims that they have lived in their current environment bordering the Serengeti plains since their beginnings as a distinct group. Interestingly, the Hadzabe have one of the oldest lineages of contemporary humans, according to genetics research.
Despite their resilience, the Hadzabe people face many challenges in modern times. With contemporary settlements encroaching on their land and farming practices disrupting their way of life, they have lost between 75% and 90% of their land over the past 50 years. Despite these challenges, the Hadzabe people continue to maintain their traditional lifestyle, providing a glimpse into a way of life that has largely been abandoned by modern humans.
ITINERARY HUNTING WITH THE HADZABE TRIBE
A Safari in Tanzania is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Home to some of the most breathtaking wildlife safaris in the world. From Witnessing the Great Migration in Serengeti, entering the kingdom of Elephants in Tarangirie and experience the eden of Africa in the famous Ngorongoro. While being joined by our excellent guides to help you track lions, leopards, and so much more.
Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be met by a guide and transferred to your hotel in Arusha. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to relax and acclimatize to the new environment.
After breakfast, you will drive to Lake Eyasi, a shallow alkaline lake located in the southwestern part of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. On arrival, you will meet your local guide who will take you to the Hadzabe village. Spend the afternoon with the tribe and learn about their culture and way of life. In the evening, return to your lodge for dinner and overnight.
Wake up early to join the Hadzabe tribe for a hunting and gathering expedition. Accompanied by experienced hunters, you will explore the surrounding bush and learn about the traditional hunting and gathering techniques of the tribe. You will also have the opportunity to taste some of the wild fruits and tubers that the tribe collects from the bush. Return to the lodge for lunch and spend the afternoon at leisure.
After breakfast, say goodbye to the Hadzabe tribe and drive back to Arusha. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to stop at a few cultural heritage sites and learn about the history and traditions of the local tribes. On arrival in Arusha, check in at your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your onward flight.
Note: This itinerary can be customized to suit your preferences and interests. Additional activities, such as a visit to a Maasai village or a game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater, can be added upon request.