Hadzabe bracelet worn by tribe members around the upper arm.
The Hadza (pe) with about 2000 souls form one of Tanzania’s many small cultural groups, unique because they are the only tribe that still have an almost complete hunter-gatherer lifestyle. Moreover, they speak a click language that shows kinship with the Khoisan languages of the Bushmen in southern Africa, who until very recently also hunted and gathered to provide for their livelihood. The Hadza have a very great knowledge of the bush and are culturally very different from most other tribes. The Hadza have now been assigned a large piece of land around Lake Eyasi to hunt and gather and they are exempt from taxes. A local guide can usually contact a family group (but not always – they are nomadic!). You can also use this guide to visit the Datoga, the cattle-breeding tribe that also lives in this area (and in the past was driven out of the more northerly pastures by the Maasai).