Lake Eyasi is the home of authentic Tanzania tribes, and a seasonal shallow salt lake on the floor of the Great Rift Valley at the base of the Serengeti Plateau south of the Serengeti National Park and southwest of the Ngorongoro Crater in the Crater.
The home to the Datoga tribe, Hadzabe, and bushmen (Watindiga), some of the last remaining hunter-gatherers on the continent.
It is also known as bushmen (watindiga). They are a very prehistoric people, who have no fixed abode. They have their own language, which consists of tongue-clicking sounds. Furthermore, they are hunters and use bows and arrows to kill their food, their favourite being baboons. They make their bows and arrows from a native willow tree which grows in the bush where they live, the arrows have metal tips which they get from the Datoga tribe.
Also known as the barbaing, also referred to as Manga’ti in Swahili, are ago-pastoral nomadic Melodic speaking people and craftsmen (blacksmiths). They are more sedentary and live in groups in mud huts. They grow their own food and keep cattle and the men craft earrings, bracelets, arrowheads, etc from metal melted on an open fire using hand bellows to stoke the fire. The Datoga consider themselves the oldest tribe in Tanzania and are proud as first and foremost Faeroe warriors, known for their stealth ability to eliminate their enemy.
A visit with the bushmen and blacksmith is worthwhile, and they will graciously show you where and how they live and hunt. They subsist entirely off the bush and by bow hunting. Everything they use is made from local materials, including their bows which are strung with giraffe tendon, and their arrows which are coated in lethal poison. Their language resembles that of the Kalahari bushmen tribe (who were featured in the 1980 film ‘The Gods Must Be Crazy’) with clicking noises used.
Lake Eyasi water levels vary greatly between the rainy and dry seasons. During the dry season, the lake is virtually non-existent and animals are forced to share what water is left, which makes for easier wildlife viewing. The lake can get quite deep during the rainy season and it attracts hippos who like to cool off in its brackish waters.
Bird lovers will be in paradise here, as the lake attracts vast numbers of birds of all sizes and colours. Include, African spoonbill, flamingos, gray-headed gulls, great white pelicans, pied avocet, and yellow-billed storks. The main fish found in the lake are catfish and lungfish.
Lake Eyasi palm trees sunset this region is particularly suited for exploring on foot, and day or half-day hikes are highly recommended. You can join a hunting trip with the Hadzabe, and visit the other tribes.
Lake Eyasi offers many activities to the safari tourists.
- Birding Safari, Camping Safaris
- Biking tour, walking Safari, Canoeing Safari
- Sundowners, Bush Lunch and Dinner
- Culture and village tour (Datoga, Bushmen, Hadzabe, Blacksmith)
Lake Eyasi has only a few accommodations from budget to Semi-luxury Lodge, and nearby Karatu city from budget, Sem-luxury, and Luxury lodges and camps.