Conservation & environment

The Hadzabe tribe

11 November 2017

The Hadzabe people are an indigenous ethnic group living around Lake Eyasi, in the southern part of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. There are estimated to only be around 1000 Hadzabe people living in Tanzania. This ethnic tribe are descendants of Tanzania’s aboriginal hunter gatherer populations, and still to this day rely on the land and their surroundings for survival.

They hunt using bows and arrows, typically hunting baboons and other primates around. As well as the wild meat, the Hadzabe also survive on roots and tubers, and natural honey found in trees.

They have their own method of harvesting honey, using a variety of mushroom called a ‘puff ball’ mushroom which when burnt lets off a smoke that has sedative effect on the bees.

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