The Hadzabe

Tanzania's Oldest Tribe Of Hunters & Gatherers

They are one of the last nomadic tribes that live off the earth by hunting and gathering. The Hadzabe tribe are around 1’000 – 1’500 members strong and live around the Lake Eyasi region. The language they speak, Hadzane is often with Khoisan which was born from the amalgamation of the Khoi and San tribes of South Africa. They have probably occupied their current territory for thousands of years, with relatively little modification to their basic way of life until the past hundred years. Their society is founded on the principles of sharing, minimal politics, egalitarianism, and an intimacy to social relations. Being mobile is an essential part of Hadza culture: both as a way to find food and as a way to peaceably regulate social interactions. On any given day, camp members decide where and how to forage by closely observing their country, discussing their observations with other camp members, and by drawing upon their expert knowledge of the land. The Hadza have an exceptional knowledge of plants and animals in their environment; they are masters at finding widely dispersed sources of food, medicine, and water, which they have sustainably harvested for countless generations.

The Hadzabe experience takes place in the early hours of the morning, when the tribe is most active. Here, you can either accompany the women to gather fruits, roots and berries or you can join the men on a hunt. The Hadzabe hunt in small groups and will pray on everything except for reptiles and amphibians. A key strategy in their hunting is the adoption of poisoned arrows, which increase their chances of success. The most commonly hunted animals are Impala, Kudu, Warthogs, Baboons, birds and occasionally Buffalo. The afternoons are a lot more relaxed, the men and women have returned to camp with fruits, roots, berries and (hopefully) a fresh kill. Time is passed repairing bows and arrows, sharing stories, smoking the pipe and relaxing.

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The Hadzabe experience takes place in the early hours of the morning, when there is the most amount of activity within the tribe. Here, you can either accompany the women to gather fruits, roots and berries or you can join the men on a thrilling hunt. In any case, you will discover about their way of life, and how they stay true to their roots by persistently living off the land in an ever-changing world.

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The Hadzabe cultural exchange experience last around half a day. 

"After our Maasai experience we decided to venture out to Lake Eyasi and meet a few members of the Hadzabe tribe. It's absolutely incredible to see these people living today in the same way they have been for hundreds of years..."

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