Lake Eyasi is a seasonal shallow (Internally drained) salt lake on the floor of the Great Rift Valley at the base of the Serengeti Plateau and immediately southwest of the Ngorongoro Crater in the Crater Highlands of Tanzania. Like Lake Natron far to the northeast, the stunning Lake Eyasi makes a pleasing detour on a Ngorongoro trip for anyone looking for something remote and different. The rain hugely contributes to the varying size of the lake, and supports a combination of water birds including huge breeding-season (June to November) populations of flamingos and pelicans. In the dry season it’s little more than a parched lake bed, adding to the almost other-worldly
By visiting the Hazabe tribe you can actually experience how this tribe has been living in the Lake Eyasi area for more than 10,000 years. Not for the faint-hearted!
Just outside of Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Conservation Area, close to Lake Eyasi, live the remaining members of the ancient Hadzabe tribe. These proud self-sufficient hunter-gatherers still adhere to their traditional way of life. During this activity you go hunting early with the Hadzabe men early in the morning and if you catch a good prey you can still have a taste of it! This cultural activity will reveal to you how different their ‘simplistic way if life’ is compared to our own. A local guide will make your visit to the temporary homestead of these nomadic people an engaging experience and act as an interpreter. The Hadzabe will greet you enthusiastically and teach you all about their survival skills, how they live in full harmony with nature, their hunting techniques, food preparation, traditional dance and beadwork, and cultural norms / highly valued traditions. You will leave them with a broadened horizon and reminded as to how we should be mindful and protective of our bountiful, yet fragile earth.
Datoga aren’t popular as some of the other pastoral groups in Tanzania such as the Maasai, however their visibility has increased in recent years. Only about five percent speak the national language of Tanzania ‘Swahili’. You’ll visit their habitat and experience their culture first hand to complete the ultimate experience at Lake Eyasi. The Datoga are skilled farmers and craftsman who resemble the Maasai in culture. These people are also blacksmiths. They make weapons such as arrowheads and knives which they trade with the Bushmen but also beautiful bracelets. You can also learn how they melt bras, cooper or aluminum as well as how they grind maize with stones. All these insights guarantee for a memorable experience with the Datoga.