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Members of the Hadza tribe . The men are making bow arrows for hunting.
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  Lake Eyasi
Size: 1,050 km2/400 sq mi.
Wildlife & attractions: Landscape scenery and birdlife. Some wildlife. Visits to the Hadza tribe.
Getting there: 3–4 hours on poor bush road from Karatu Town between Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro.
Tanzania map
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Lake Eyasi
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Tanzania:
Lake Eyasi
Lake Eyasi is a fairly large (approximately 1,050 km2/400 sq mi) soda lake with a mild soda content, situated in the Great Rift Valley south-west of the Ngorongoro Highlands in northern Tanzania. Like most East African soda lakes, the lake size varies a lot throughout the year. Greater and lesser flamingos may be seen, sometimes in good numbers. Storks, pelicans and other birds may also be seen. It is not a prime area for mammal wildlife, but monkeys and antelopes may be spotted, and hippos can be found locally. Map of Africa Namibia Botswana South Africa Zambia Mozambique Malawi Rwanda Tanzania Kenya Uganda
 
The Hadza tribe
Lake Eyasi is probably best known for being the home to the Hadza tribe (also known as the Watindiga or Wahadzabe), which lives in the bush around the northern parts of the lake. It is a tribe of hunters and collectors, which formerly inhabited the Serengeti, but was forced away by stronger and more aggressive tribes.
The Hadza live in traditional ways, hunting game such as dikdiks and collecting honey. Their huts are simple, built in a few hours and as easily abandoned. Like another people of hunters and collectors, the San tribe of the Kalahari in southern Africa, the Hadza speak a click language. Some tour operators arrange tours that include visiting groups of the Hadza tribe.

Another tribe of this area is Datoga, which once inhabited the Serengeti area, but was forced to leave by the Maasai arriving from the north more than a hundred years ago.

Large triple baobab in the Lake Eyasi area.

Lake Eyasi is off the beaten safari track, but you may include it in your itinerary if you set aside at least one day for going there. The shortest way is from Karatu Town on the main road between Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro. The roads from Karatu to the lake are poor bush roads, and you can expect some uncomfortable driving. The area around the lake is pretty, though, and has many huge baobab trees. You need a local guide to visit the Hadza, and to find them – living from hunting and collecting, the Hadza groups never stay very long in the same spot.

Lodges and camps
There are a few lodges and camps in the Lake Eyasi area, offering scenery and a quiet atmosphere rather than local game viewing.

Tindiga Tented Camp.Tindiga Tented Camp is set 1.5 km/1 mi from the eastern lake shore, overlooking the bushland of the Eyasi area. It has ten tented rooms in a nice safari style. The camp offers bird watching, bush walks and visits to the Hadza and Datoga tribes.

Web site: www.moivaro.com

Kisima Ngeda Tented Camp is a permanent tented camp on the north-eastern shore of Lake Eyasi. It offers accommodation in basic but spacious and stylish safari tents with ensuite bathrooms. All tents are close to and have views of the lake. The activities offered include for example canoeing, mountain biking, and visits to the Hadza and Datoga tribes.

Web site: www.kisimangeda.com

 
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