Hadzabe People

The Hadzabe people have a small population and live in groups in north-central Tanzania, around Lake Eyasi in the Great Rift Valley. They are one of the last tribes living like human’s original ancestors – as hunters and gatherers. They are not living at permanent places, do not cultivate land or keep cattle, do not follow rules or laws, do not have a calendar and therefore they do not have any relations to time in form of months, weeks, days or hours. They eat everything they can hunt with bow and arrow, such as birds, rats, snakes, small antelopes, gazelles, baboons, zebras and even giraffes. Hadzabe women collect wild fruits, for instance fruits of the baobab, wild berries and roots using only wooden tools. In rainy season the people built huts which are made of wood and wild sisal leaves, while they only have a sleeping place in the open under a tree or bush in dry season. Due to changing food or water supply, among other reasons, they are changing their living places according to their current needs.

A visit to the Hadzabe is guided by an English speaking tribe member who brings the visitors to the current living place early in the morning. They will have the unique opportunity to experience hunting Bushmen right in front of their eyes by accompanying them for about three hours. Not only due to the time span the group is on the way but also because of the exhausting walking style, which means a permanent alternation of walking and running, the visitors should be in a good physical condition.

After returning back to the Hadzabe camp the visitors are taught how to use a real Hadzabe bow and arrow and then leave the tribe around midday.

The fee which is payed by visitors to enter the region of the Hadzabe is managed by Lake Eyasi Cultural Center and benefits the tribe in form of required clothes and other simple items or issues since they still do not have a relation to money as a means of payment.