Lake Eyasi / Bushman
lake eyas / Bushmman tour
The main purpose to visit lake Eyasi is for cultural tour to the Bushman tribe (wahadzabe). This is tribe left in the world, so it is a rare glimpse of this fading culture.
Also you will visit the Datoga tribe, skilled craftsmen and blacksmith.
You will see the onion fields where 80% of the onions is a sharp contrast to the dry, barren landscape that surround it. If school is season you can visit a local primary schools, Donations of school supplies are greatly appreciated, Water body with fishing activities
The lake Eyasi is about two 2hours drive west of Karatu road; It maybe the bumpiest, dustiest road.
THINGS TO DO
The Bushman tribe also known as the Wahadzabe tribe. The tribe still maintain their traditional hunter gatherer way of life.A visit to the village will be led by a local guide describe their lifestyle and translate their language to English. The Hadzabe speak neither English nor Swahili. The Bushman will make fire from sticks and will show you their very few belongings. You will join with them for their hunting activities; visitor can try a larger practice. The visitor concludes with a tradition singing and dancing.
In the rainy season they live in caves, and in the dry season, they live in the trees and bushes. In the bushes homes are marked by upright sticks in a semi-circle. Beds and floor mats are hides from Kudu and Impala.
The man hunt for wild animals and birds with bows and arrows. There are different arrows for different types of animals. Poisoned arrows are used for large animals. They also eat honey, tubers out of the ground and fruits from the Baobab tree. In the dry season they must dig down in the dry river bed to find water.
Men and women socialize in very separate groups. Small children and babies stay with the women. The Bushman is monogamous.
The dowry to get Married to a woman is 2 two big baboons and many liters of honey
Men wear shorts animals hides(skin) woman wear colorful cloths wrapped around them. Jewelry is made from beads, porcocupine quills, fur and hide or animals dried skin. Arrows and jewelry can be purchased from them.
The lifestyle of this Bushmen changes very slow to modern lifestyle.