Meet one of Tanzania’s oldest ethnic groups, who live on the shores of beautiful Lake Eyasi…
Meet the Datoga people, one of Tanzania’s oldest ethnic groups who live around beautiful Lake Eyasi. On the way to their homestead, we’ll pass the soda lake, which lies on the border of Ngorongoro Conservation area, and have the chance to take pictures from the shore. When we arrive at the village, a local guide will act as a translator so you can learn all about the daily life of the Datoga people.
You’ll learn about the history of the community, which is believed to have originated from southern Sudan or western Ethiopia some 3,000 years ago. Traditionally, the Datoga people are semi-nomadic pastoralists who herd cattle, like the Maasai. However, they now also farm vegetables and work as blacksmiths. You’ll be shown into the workshop, where they melt metal to make objects like cutlery and arrowheads, which they often trade with the Hadzabe tribe, who also live in the region.
Visit the main house where the Datoga women cook, see how they fetch water, make butter and create traditional clothing from animal skins and leather, decorated with beads. If you like, you can take part in grinding maize by hand to make ugali, a typical Tanzanian porridge. Guests really enjoy this face-to-face interaction; it’s a chance to meet the real people of Tanzania and see how they live off the land.
Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Gemma, who's travelled extensively in Tanzania. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it on their own. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember - the rangers who'll ensure you'll spot the best wildlife, the village chiefs who'll give you a genuine insight into local life and the camp managers who can recommend the very best spot to enjoy your sundowner.
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