Small groups of Hadzabe bushmen live around Lake Eyasi. Their language resembles the click languages of other bushmen further south in the Kalahari. It is among the smaller ethnic tribe it Tanzania and nowadays most of their children have never seen a doctor or school - the bush provides for all their needs and is a class room for their offspring.
They are often willing for visitors to come and see their simple bush homes where the tree canopy alone or a cave provides them with shelter.
They live entirely off the bush and from hunting, generally small antelopes and baboons, although in rainy seasons gazelles and antelopes come down from the Ngorongoro or Serengeti to their then lush bush lands offering them richer pickings. In the recent past their hunting activities were resented by trophy hunters who tried to stop their "illegal" hunting.
The string on their lethal bows is made from giraffe tendons and the arrows are coated with a strong poison made from another tree. The commiphora tree provides excellent firewood which they kindle by rubbing wood, a green commiphora provides a mosquito-
Datoga people and the beautiful Mt. Hanang
"...a cultural insight hike to the settlement of Dirma, home of the Datoga tribespeople whose traditions remain unchanged and unspoilt..."
"...The beautiful Mt. Hanang, Tanzania's 4th highest, can be climbed in one day..." Sounds like the ideal combination: Traditional culture, mountain hiking, going off the beaten track and benefiting local communities.
Hanang district is situated in manyara region about 242 kilometres southwest of Arusha, Mount hanang standing at 3418 m is the fourth highest mountain in Tanzania and a dominant land mark of hanang district, this district is inhibited but two major ethnic groups, namely the Datoga and the iraqw.
The Datoga are ethnically classified as nilotes where as Iraqw are classifies as southern cushites ,both of them hae rich and interesting cultures, the Datoga women are usually clad in goatskin skin and cotton blankets. Men are usually dressed in black clothes and they walk about carrying spears. The Iraqw people are usually attire in colorful cotton blankets.
The main economic activity in Hanang district is subsistence and commercial farming, this is predominantly practiced by Iraqw, the Datoga are predominantly pastoralists, the iraqw also keep livestocks though they are not highly dependant on them
Olduvai, more accurately called Oldupai after the wild sisal in the area, is situated near the Ngorongoro Crater and is the site of some of the most important finds of early hominid fossils of all time (made famous by the work of the Leakey family) -
The archaeological site of Olduvai Gorge is located in the eastern Serengeti in northern Tanzania within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The gorge is a steep sided 4 to 8-