In the heart of Tanzania, nestled at the base of the Great Rift Valley, lies the shimmering expanse of Lake Eyasi, a hidden gem of East Africa. Beyond its serene surface and picturesque landscapes, Lake Eyasi is home to a vibrant tapestry of indigenous cultures that have thrived for centuries in harmony with the land and its wildlife. For those seeking a truly immersive and eye-opening experience, our 3-Day Culture Safari in Lake Eyasi offers an unforgettable journey into the lives and traditions of the Hadzabe and Datoga tribes.
What to Expect on 3 Day Culture Safari Experience in Lake Eyasi
Wildlife and Nature: Lake Eyasi is surrounded by stunning natural beauty. While on your Culture Safari, you’ll have opportunities to appreciate the diverse flora and fauna of the region. Keep an eye out for unique bird species, as the lake is a haven for birdwatchers.
Meet the Hadza People: The Hadza are one of the last remaining hunter-gatherer tribes in Africa. You can expect to meet and interact with them in their temporary camps. They are known for their distinctive click language, which you might have the opportunity to hear and learn. The Hadza are incredibly skilled at foraging, and you can observe their foraging techniques for edible plants, roots, and wild fruits.
Hunter-Gatherer Lifestyle: Experience the Hadza way of life by joining them on a hunting expedition. Armed with bows and arrows, they will demonstrate their tracking and hunting skills. Witnessing their patience, precision, and respect for wildlife is a profound experience.
Cultural Exchange: Engage in meaningful cultural exchanges with the Hadza people. Learn about their traditions, beliefs, and customs. You might be invited to participate in traditional dances and rituals, providing a deeper understanding of their culture.
Visit the Datoga Tribe: The Datoga people, known for their blacksmithing skills and intricate beadwork, offer another perspective on indigenous Tanzanian culture. You can expect to visit Datoga villages, watch blacksmiths at work, and perhaps even try your hand at crafting metal.
Beadwork and Crafts: Witness the artistry of the Datoga women as they create intricate beadwork. Each bead holds significance, and they may explain the meaning behind various designs. You might have the chance to purchase unique handcrafted jewelry as souvenirs.
Traditional Dances and Music: Both the Hadza and Datoga communities are known for their vibrant traditional dances and music. Be prepared to be mesmerized by the rhythmic beats and colorful performances that celebrate their heritage.
Local Cuisine: Taste traditional Hadza and Datoga foods, which often include wild plants, game meat, and grains. Sharing meals with the locals provides insight into their dietary habits and culinary traditions.
Guided Tours: Experienced local guides will accompany you throughout your Culture Safari, providing insights into the history, ecology, and culture of the area. They play a crucial role in facilitating meaningful interactions with the tribal communities.
A Culture Safari Experience in Lake Eyasi offers a profound journey into the lives of indigenous tribes, allowing you to connect with their customs, traditions, and way of life while appreciating the natural beauty of the region. It’s an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the rich cultural heritage of Tanzania and the challenges these communities face in preserving their traditions in a changing world.
Day 1: Arusha to Lake Eyasi
Early morning around 7:30 am we will pick you up at your accommodation. Tanzania and start our safari to Lake Eyasi which takes a maximum 4hr from Arusha city. We will arrive in time for lunch at the accommodation then we will join the Hadzbe community to gather varieties of wild fruits eg baobab fruits /yams from the ground and participate in building Hadzabe huts with women. Then proceed to the local people village to see the lifestyle then walk to see the onion plantation on the farms, study the irrigation system, and village forest you can find monkeys, baboons, and varieties of birds, we will drive to Lake Eyasi for flamingos, pelicans, and sunset than in evening back to your accommodation for dinner and overnight at Lake Eyasi Safari Lodge.
Day 2: Meet Hazbe and Datoga (Black Smith) Community
Early morning hunting and collecting honey with Hadzbe people from trees of small bee or big bees from 6 am to 11 am then, get back to the Hadzabe village for arrow making (sticks) bow practicing & targeting cultural Hadzabe dancing then get back to the lodge for hot lunch and rest at the accommodation until 3 pm. Then drive to see a blacksmith how to melt scrapers of copper, brass, and aluminum, then turn to bracelets, necklaces, making of arrowheads, etc., and go to then in the late evening back to your accommodation for dinner and overnight at Lake Eyasi Safari Lodge.
Day 3: Meet the Second group of Datoga who are pastoralists
Early morning breakfast at 8.30 am, drive to the second group of Datoga family who are pastoralists to see the boma, experience lifestyle, the making of flour by grinding stones, women’s cultural dressings, milking of cows with women, cultural dancing, back to accommodation for lunch, then we start driving back to Arusha and transfer to your accommodation or Airport.
The Price Include;
- Full board accommodation while on safari
- All game drives as per itinerary
- All park entrance fees as per itinerary
- Transport in 1×6 Seater 4×4 vehicles
- Services of a qualified English-Speaking Driver Guide
- 3 liters bottle of mineral water per person per day while on a road safari in a Sense of Africa vehicle.
- Meals as per the itinerary
The Price Does Not Include;
- All International Flights
- Travel and personal accident insurance
- Personal expenses such as telephone calls…etc.
- Optional activities and excursions
- Any services not mentioned in the program