The Hadzabe bushmen live in the Lake Eyasi region as do the Datoga and Mbulu tribes. The alkaline waters of Lake Eyasi are also famous for its large flocks of pink hued flamingo.
- Hadzabe Bushmen and Datoga tribe
- Migrating flamingo
- Scenically stunning
- Walking safari
- Cultural tour - Hadzabe Bushmen, Datoga People
- Bird safari
- Aerial safari
- The lake is 1050 kilometres square(440 square miles) and is 1040m(3400ft)above sea level.
- Lake Eyasi is a seasonal shallow endorheic(closed basin) salt lake on the floor of the Great Rift Valley at the base of the Serengeti Plateau, just south of the Serengeti National Park and immediately southwest of the Ngorongoro Crater in the Crater Highlands of Tanzania.
The scenery of Lake Eyasi differs dramatically to that of the surrounding areas. Little known and seldom visited, Lake Eyasi when compared to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Highlands seems tropical. Palm trees border the lake and provide homes for many species of bird. Other trees in this area include the umbrella thorn acacia and sand paper bush. The weather is nearly always very hot and intense, as the lake is located in floor of the Rift Valley, the oldest rift in the world. The rift is thought to have opened over 65 million years ago, shortly after dinosaurs became extinct. Lake Eyasi’s water levels vary greatly between the rainy and dry seasons. During the dry season the lake is virtually nonexistent and animals are forced to share what water is left, which makes for easier wildlife viewing. The lake can get quite deep during the rainy season and it attracts hippos who like to cool off in its brackish waters.
The lake’s true jewel is its ambience and tranquility. Migrating flamingos populate the waters, their graceful curves a fitting match to the surrounds. You’ll likely keep your talk to a quiet murmur watching the sunset over the surrounding hills; spectacular views at dusk are common all over Africa, but the serenity of Lake Eyasi is rarely beat.
The Hadzabe bushmen live in this region as do the Datoga and Mbulu tribes. A cultural visit with the Hadzabe bushmen and the Datoga is highly recommended and they will graciously show you where and how they live.
The Hadzabe tribe, who’ve lived on the shores of Lake Eyasi for 10 000 years, will delight you with their language, a tongue that sounds at once foreign and oddly familiar and is referred to as a ‘click language’. Perhaps the oldest tribe in Africa, with a popultaion of approximately 1000, the Hadzabe have consistently lived a hunter gatherer lifestyle without ever having to resort to farming, and you’ll gain first hand experience of their skills and rituals when visiting their village and accompanying them through the bush. Join the tribe to collect edible roots and berries and medicinal plants, or hunt with bow and arrow for meat, and revel in a rare insight into one of the world’s oldest extant cultures.
The string on their lethal bows is made from giraffe tendons and the arrows are coated with a strong poison made from another tree. The commiphora tree provides excellent firewood which they kindle by rubbing wood, a green commiphora provides a mosquito-repelling sap, juice squeezed out of the sansaveria provides a cure for snake bites while aloe is used to heal cuts. Roots provide a wide range of medicines and the mighty baobab fruits as a source of drink. A few hours spent with the bushmen makes the apparently unhospitable bush country come to life and to watch them hunt a unique experience as they stealthily spot then creep up on their prey skillfully killing it.
The Datoga are skilled farmers and craftsmen. They are proud people with a reputation as fierce warriors.They keep goats, sheep, donkeys and chickens, however cattle are there most important domestic animal. Thet resemble the Maasai in culture . The meat, fat, blood, milk, hide, horns, tendons and cow dung of every animal habe either practical or ritual purposes. They live in semi-arid areas, where water is hard to find.
Bird lovers will be in paradise here, as the lake attracts vast numbers of birds of all sizes and colors. Some main birds to be found here include: Africa spoonbill, flamingos, gray headed gulls, great white pelicans, pied avocet and yellow-billed storks. The main fish found in the lake are catfish and lungfish.
In the dry season you will see many hippo pods along Lake Eyasi.
WHEN TO VISIT
Almost any time of the year is a good time to visit Lake Eyasi, with only April and May being questionable, when the long rains occur.
Accommodation at Lake Eyasi
The camp is beautifully set in a Llala palm and acacia forest and is part of 200 acre family owned farm with a natural spring nearby which feeds into the lake.
Lake Eyasi Safari Lodge is located on the lake shore and if the prefect destination for exploring Lake Eyasi and visiting the Hadzabe Bushmen and Datoga tribes.
The camp blends in seamlessly with the natural environment that surrounds it. In the evening the traditional hurricane lamps light the paths of the campsite creating a beautiful ambience.