The Hadzabe People
represent one of the last remaining groups of hunter-gatherers in East Africa. The tribe numbers just under a thousand people, of whom around half continue to live in the traditional way. They live mainly around the shores of Lake Eyasi
in northern Tanzania.
The Hadzabe are not closely related to any other tribe, but are a remnant of the hunter-gatherer peoples which inhabited Tanzania before the arrival of the Bantu. They have probably been living in the area for several thousand years. They have survived by eking out a living in less fertile pockets of land of little interest to the farmers and pastoralists who have come to surround them on all sides.
The only place to meet Hadzabe is in the Lake Eyasi
area of northern Tanzania.
Here it should be possible to meet very early in the morning and go out on a hunt with a small band of young men. There may also be chances to spend time with the women, both back in camp and out foraging for fruits and roots.
The best way to do this is usually to stay for at least a night at one of the two accommodation options in the immediate area, which tend to have the closest relationship with the tribe, with Kisima Ngeda Camp
being the slightly more upmarket option and Tindiga Camp
the more economical choice.
It is also possible to visit on daytrips from lodges up in the Karatu area, notably Bashay Rift Lodge
or Gibbs Farm