Meet the Hadzabe
1 Nov – 31 May*
(*) Excludes 20 Dec – 5 Jan
3 Days, 2 Nights
Start & End Points
There is no age limit for this itinerary
The schedule can be adapted based on children’s ages and level of intrepidness – your guide will discuss this with you on Day 1
Can be tailored to be less strenuous
About This Asilia Adventure:
Escape the well-trodden main safari circuit of Northern Tanzania and explore the Yaeda Valley, to the southwest of the Ngorongoro Crater. The area is home to the Hadzabe, who are traditional hunter-gatherer people who have one of the richest and most interesting histories. You will be accompanied by an expert guide who has a longstanding relationship with the group; this short trip offers a unique chance to learn and witness first-hand how the Hadza live off the land. Their bush skills are something that has been long forgotten across much of Africa, and time spent with the Hadza offers a very raw and authentic cultural experience – something you will never forget.
Your time spent with the Hadza is structured but is not this is not a trip that is staged for tourists. This is very much part of the appeal but does mean that if you venture out with the Hadza men on a hunt, you will need to be able to keep up with them. The men run through the bush, and be aware that if they find an animal to hunt, they will do so (and subsequently prepare and cook it on a fire, too). They do not hold back from doing this, even when tourists accompany them, as it is their way of life.
It is possible to spend time with the women of the tribe and learn about the gatherer side of their traditions and skills, which is equally insightful and fascinating. Any visitors who feel the hunting aspect is not for them, are more than welcome to choose this option instead. Your guide will brief you fully on the evening of Day 1 to make sure everyone knows what to expect.
What Is Included In This Adventure?
Private fly camp and guided activities with the Hadzabe, all relevant concession and bed night fees, all meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 3, house drinks (soft drinks, beers, house wine, local spirits), private 4×4 transfers starting and ending at either Karatu or Manyara airstrip, Asilia conservation charge, and Medevac cover.
Snapshot of this Asilia Adventure
You will be picked up from Manyara Airstrip or Karatu by your guide and 4×4 vehicle and driven through the Ngorongoro highlands and down into the Lake Eyasi basin, characterised by open grasslands, rocky ridges, and hundreds of baobab trees. The drive takes approximately 4 hours from Karatu, and you will arrive in the late afternoon at your fly camp in the Yaeda Valley. Spend the evening learning more about the days to come from your guide, gaining an understanding of the Hadzabe people, their traditions and skills, and also the wider area.
Overnight: Yaeda Valley Fly Camp
An early start for breakfast before departing with a Hadza hunter and your guide. Hunting excursions are often a mix of honey gathering and eating berries, but also opportunistic if a monkey or mammal is seen. The hunting is typically a mix of walking, and occasionally running if the hunter sees something exciting.
Return to your fly camp for lunch and a siesta and, in the afternoon, walk for around an hour to a nearby Hadza village where your guide will introduce you, and you will be shown around. Set off on a walk with the women to gather berries, baobab fruit when they are in season, and dig for tubers. Men will often join the walk to harvest honey from hives in the trees.
Return to your fly camp for sundowners, and to enjoy the views over the valley and recounting tales of the day’s adventures.
Overnight: Yaeda Valley Fly Camp
Enjoy a hearty breakfast at the fly camp before departing by 4×4 with your guide back to Karatu or Manyara airstrip where your adventure concludes.
A 4-day/3-night option is also available, giving two full days with the Hadzabe.
Good To Know
Fly Camping Facilities
Simple dome tents with camp beds, accommodating 2 guests per tent. All bedding and towels are provided.
There is also a shared toilet and solar shower tent, and a basin with a jug of water for washing hands/face etc.