“The Hadzabe live around Lake Eyasi to the south of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in northern Tanzania. They are the last remaining ancestors of the original hunter-gatherer tribes who first inhabited Tanzania, and their lifestyle has barely changed for millennia. They are skilled hunters, and use a number of methods to attract game within range of their arrows, including the use of the horns of an antelope, attaching them to their heads while mimicking the animal’s characteristic bobbing walk, which draws other curious animals closer. Another method is to hide under an animal skin, and wait for vultures to land, when they can easily be caught. The Hadzabe supplement their diet with roots and plants, and they have a particular liking for honey, which they trade with other tribes in exchange for arrowheads or tobacco.
The Hadzabe are not a Bantu race like the other peoples of Tanzania, but have more in common with the San Bushmen found in the Kalahari Desert of southern Africa, nearly 2000 miles away. They tend to be small in stature, physically slight, and have lighter colored skin than most Africans. Their language too contains many of the same click sounds as that of the Bushmen, although the two are not mutually intelligible. Although a number of researchers have concluded that their DNA is totally unrelated to that of the Bushmen, the surface similarities of both languages would imply an ancient root.
Hunting and honey-gathering are predominantly male activities, while the women and children forage for roots or fruit. The Hadzabe are opportunists when it comes to hunting, but tend to avoid eating reptiles, and the greatest delicacy is considered to be baboon. Baboon fur is also worn by the men, while the women usually wear impala skins. The huts are made of grass, woven by the women, and can be constructed in a matter of hours.
We can arrange meeting with these fascinating people. The Hadzabe still hunt in their ancient traditional way with bow and arrow, and Bramwel Safaris Guests can join them on their hunt. If you like, and you are real an adventure person you can even spend more than 6 days, learning their lives, and being a part of this interesting People.
Customized Maasai walking safaris in the Great Rift Valley:
If you want to observe the breathtaking natural beauty of the Rift Valley and study the wildlife on foot and at your own leisure, we arrange overnight trekking tours into the Rift Valley, where you visit Maasai bomas and camp in the wild. You will be escorted by local Maasai guides, who will lead you expertly through the landscapes of the valley, where they have grown up.
1/2 day ‘A’ – The Kona Saba Escarpment Climb
The tour starts at Mfereji village, a 45 minutes drive from Naramatu starting point, from where you visit a Maasai boma. From there you walk through typical tree savanna to the foot of the escarpment. Climbing the ‘Kona Saba’ (seven corners) escarpment is not difficult if you wear good walking shoes. From the escarpment you can oversee the wonderful panorama over the Rift Valley, over Kitumbeine, Longido up to Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru and the Maasai holy mountain Oldonyo Lengai. Arrival at the Norkuman campsite from where you will be picked up by car (a 20 minutes drive from Naramatu starting point).
1/2 day ‘B’ – The Evergreen Rain Forest Tour
Starting point is the fomer Eye Hospital in Enguiki at the edge of the forest, from where you walk to Kilele, the eastern peak of the Monduli Mountains. On the way you will get acquainted to specific tree (eg. Fig tree…), bird and animal species (eg. Bushbuck, weavers, elephants, Black monkey…). You proceed to a water source in the middle of the forest and continue up to Enguiki Primary School and dispensary from where you can be picked up at Bismarck’s Place (a 15 minutes drive from Naramatu starting point).
Full day – The Medicinal Herbs Tour
The tour starts at Emairete Dam from where you walk passing the Maasai church, the Primary School and the Kindergarten Project up to Naramatu, where you can get herbal tea. From here you proceed further up the mountain to the ex-Eye Hospital, where you can admire the wonderful Monduli Juu panorama. After lunch in a Maasai boma the tour continues close by the forest to Enguiki Primary School from where you can be picked up at Bismarck’s place (a 15 minutes drive from Naramatu starting point). Along the road the guide will explain about the different medicinal herbs used by the Maasai and you will visit a traditional medicinal herbs doctor.
Two days – The Olkarya Tour
Esserian Maasai Camp at Ilmorijo is a fairly well equipped campsite with panorama views of the Rift Valley. Mount Keremasi, Oldonyo Lengai and Lake Natron. From here the first day you will descend to teh wonderful Sominen Dam site. You will visit a Maasai boma and an ‘Orpul’, a traditional Maasai meat camp. You will spend the night in Esserian Maasai Camp. The second day is a day walk to Olkaray, the source of the red clay the Maasai use to color the face and hair. From here you will be picked up by car.
Three days – Ilmorijo – Enguiki Tour
The first day is similar to the above, visit the Sominen Dam site and overnight at Esserian Maasai Camp. The second day walk via O’Liyamei Valley, Sokoine Dam and dipping tank is challenging and beautiful. Overnight at Naramatu Camp. The third day you continue to Enguiki over the ex-Eye Hospital and the Monduli forest. Arrival at Bismarck’s Place (a 15 minutes drive from Naramatu starting point).
Four days – Comprehensive Tour from Enguiki ‘Norkuman’
Base Camp for the three nights is Norkuman ‘Hill of the Clubs’ in Enguiki village. The first day you visit the famous water hole and enjoy the extensive panorama from the escarpment ‘Kona Saba’ where you can see Mount Longido, Kilimanjaro, Meru and Kitumbeine. In the evening a Maasai elder will a wonderful story. The second day you go down to Mfereji and visit a Maasai boma (se ‘A’ tour) and come back to Norkuman. The third day you visit Enguiki village with its Primary School, dispensary and Monduli Forest. Overnight at Jackson Camp. The last day you pay a visit to Emairete village with its ex-Eye Hospital, Primary School, dispensary and the Kindergarten Project. After lunch in Naramatu, your driver will pick you up.
Upon entering a Maasai boma (village) you are instantly transported to a day gone by. You are greeted by the childrend of the boma who have stopped their play and let their curiosity over the visitors take over. They are as full of wonder and delight as you are. As other people of the village realize your presence, they hurry into their humble abodes to don their finest ceremonial beadwork.