Nairobi / Arusha/ Lake Eyasi/Ngorongoro Conservation Area/ Serengeti-Ndutu/ Lake Manyara and Babati. Described variously by our guests as 'like being inside a National Geographic film' and 'life-changing', the insight gained into the simple, primitive and inspiring lives of the Bushmen usually makes a lasting impression. Our safaris ensure that rather than merely observing the tribe, we interact closely with them while they teach us their skills.
In the early morning we join the bushmen for a hunt, when en route or back at camp afterwards, there is opportunity to learn how to make very effective primitive weapons from local plants; how to make poisons; how to make fire by rotating sticks; how to identify naturally occurring medicines; finding honey and water; and many other skills.
Upon arrive at the airport you will received by our representative who will then transfer you to the hotel.
Early morning drive to Mongo wa Mono village, Yaeda Chini valley, passing through Karatu and Mbulu (265km) Lunch in Mbulu at Lake Tlawi then Continue on to village.
Introduction to Hadzabe community of Mongo wa Mono and Dinner at camp.
Informal introductory seminar around campfire about the lives of the Hadzabe community and the major problems they face from living in the wild. Listen to Hadith (traditional stories/history found among every tribe in Tanzania )
Wild fruits, tuber and honey (if in season) gathering with the women of the village. Beading lesson with Hadzabe women.This is an opportunity to learn how to make traditional Hadzabe jewellery as well as hear about the Women's the micro-finance jewellery-making project that Nyayo is helping to set up in Mongo wa Mono. It is also an opportunity to buy jewellery made by the women.
The projects ultimate aim is to provide the extra income that will help them to support their families as the money can be used to buy food to supplement their diets in hard times as well as medical care and medication. In evening you can go hunting with the Hadzabe.
Drive across Yaeda Chini village to Eshkesh village (20km), homeland of the Barbaig or Tatoga peoples. Introduction to the Barbaig community, lifestyle, traditions and customs.
Take part in the traditional welcome blessing from the community elders, (this involves the sacrifice and preparation of a goat or sheep). Lend a hand for the day-to-day duties of the community and learn how to make butter or yoghurt. In evening you can Sit and listen to Barbaig hadithi around the campfire and learn about the lives of Barbaig pastoralism, their beliefs and history.
Optional early morning rise for milking and to escort the cattle to pasture.
Lend a hand with the day-to-day duties and learn more about how the Barbaig live. Traditional Barbaig dancing and songs. The songs are sung not only as means of entertainment but as a way to pass on news, oral tradition and history. Drive across Domanga village to Ukuma Koo village (20km) the second Hadzabe community you will visit on this trip. Introductions to this second Hadzabe community. Learn and discover the difference between this partially nomadic Hadzabe community and the settled community of Mongo wa Mono.
Traditional games workshop. Here you will learn how to play a traditional Hadzabe “gambling” game. The hadzabe play this game as way to exchange objects such as smoking pipes, tobacco, bows and arrows, jewellery etc. Here's an opportunity to exchange (or lose!) the objects you were asked to bring from town in exchange for traditional Hadzabe objects such as jewellery, pipes or tools.
In two groups you will join again with some Hadzabe men for their daily hunting expedition. Drive to Karatu through the Lake Eyasi Basin (weather permitting) otherwise will take the Mbulu route. Lunch at Gibbs Farm lodge. Gibbs Farm is one of the oldest lodges in Tanzania . Initially owned by the Germans during their occupation and handed over to Mrs Gibbs after the 1 st world war, Gibbs Farm is situated at the boundary to Ngorongoro Crater conservation area. Gibbs Farm, as the name suggests, has several acres of farm land enabling it to be more than 70% self-sufficient.
Take a tour of the Gibbs farm home-garden and coffee plantation. Learn more about the history of the farm, its relationship with the local people who work at the lodge and belong predominantly to the Wairaqw tribe and the history and culture of this agro-pastoralist community. Meet the in-house Maasai healer, visit the Maasai traditional healing boma and watch a demonstration.
Early morning game drive to Ngorongoro Crater. Lunch and then afternoon game drive before returning to Arusha for overnight.