The Olduvai Gorge is one of the most important complexes of prehistoric sites in East Africa. It delivered lithic industries, faunal remains and fossil hominids, ranging from 1.8 million to 400,000 years before the present.
The Olduvai Gorge cuts the Eastern slope of the Rift Valley in the Serengeti plain. It is situated in Northern Tanzania, near the Kenyan border.
The Olduvai Gorge has often been considered the “cradle of humanity”.
Hunt with the Hazabe
The Haza tribe are an East African hunter-gatherer population living in central Tanzania.
They are the first known inhabitants of Tanzania. Their presence on the shores of Lake Eyasi dates back almost 40,000 years. While their population amounts to about 1000, approximately 300 individuals live exactly like their ancestors, before the invention of agriculture.
The Haza live without rules or schedules, consequently, they have no crops, no livestock, no permanent shelter. They are among the last hunter-gatherers in Africa. The fruits, berries and roots gathered by women prevail over game in the Haza’sdiet. The men collect honey and hunt with bows and arrows. It is to be noted that the Hazabé hunt for food (and not for sport !)
The Haza speak a dialect composed mainly of “clicks”.
Are you tempted by this very unusual and unique experience ? Then, let us know and we’ll organise a translator-guide for you.
Be ready ! These hunter-gatherers are agile, fast and will surprise you on many accounts !
Meet the Datoga
The Datoga are skilled craftsmen, traditionally blacksmiths. They craft various tools such as arrow head, jewels…
The Datoga look after their goats, donkeys, chickens, while cattle are their most important domestic animal. Their culture resembles that of the Maasai’s : the meat, fat, blood, milk, skin, horn, tendons and excrement of each animal has its practical or ritual utility.
The Datoga are ancient nomads, feeding mainly on milk and milk products. They drive their livestock where their nutritional needs take them.
Nowadays, most Datoga farm a plot of maize and sometimes beans and millet.
They live in a semi-arid region where water is scarce and mostly unsafe to drink on our standards.
The village of Mto wa Mbu
During your safari, between Lake Manyara and Ngonrongoro crater, you will stop in the village of Mto wa Mbu.
There, accompanied by a guide, you will see rice and banana plantations, wander in the village past the church, school. You will also taste the local banana beer, admire the wood carvers and take a meal in a local restaurant.
Do not forget to ask your driver-guide to make you taste the delicious red bananas, mainly found in this village.
Should you be there on 22nd, do not miss out on a detour to the monthly market outside the village. There, all the Maasaïs of the region gather to sell their handicrafts and a lot of odds and ends !