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Meet the Hadzabe community

Visit this nomadic hunter-gatherer tribe for a rare glimpse into the lives of Tanzania’s bushpeople…

By Joseph Awe
Cultural guide

Visit the Hadzabe people, a nomadic tribe of hunters and gatherers who live in rural Tanzania. The community is based around Lake Eyasi in the Great Rift Valley and they depend on foraging for plants and hunting small game such as squirrels to survive. The Hadzabe are one of the only tribes in Tanzania that still have a completely traditional culture, so visiting them offers a rare glimpse into the lives of real bushpeople.

The trip takes place in the early morning, before the tribesmen head out to hunt. There’ll be a local guide who can translate as the Hadzabe people show you around their village and tell you about their culture, history and daily life. Guests enjoy learning about ancient hunting techniques and can even have a go at firing a bow and arrow at a wooden target. According to the Tanzanian government, the Hadzabe are the only ones allowed to hunt in the area because of their ethnic heritage and use of traditional weapons.

You’ll also get to meet the women in the village, who will show you what their houses look like and how they forage for vegetables, honey and fruit from the baobab trees. One of their main sources of vegetables are tubers, a root which they dig from the ground like potatoes or cassava. There might even be a chance to participate in cooking, which is done BBQ style. As well as seeing wildlife and the Big Five, I think it’s important for guests to meet the people of Tanzania, which is why I’d recommend this cultural visit to this fascinating tribe.

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Alfred & Joseph Awe

Joseph Awe has been a cultural guide in the Lake Eyasi region for over 12 years. He grew up on his family's dairy and onion farm in the region and has close connections with the nearby Hadzabe and Datoga communities. Able to speak their native languages, Joseph has worked as a translator and interpreter for guests visiting the tribes around Lake Eyasi since he was a teenager.
Joseph Awe, cultural guide for Hadzabe and Datoga community tours

Alfred&

Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Adele, who's travelled extensively in Tanzania. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it on their own. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember - the rangers who'll ensure you'll spot the best wildlife, the village chiefs who'll give you a genuine insight into local life and the camp managers who can recommend the very best spot to enjoy your sundowner.

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