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Lake Eyasi

Home of the Bushmen
Home to the Hadzabe bushmen and Datoga tribe - travel with the hunter gatherers into the past.
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This is what safari is all about – endless plains, endless animals and the famous migration.

Lake Eyasi

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Lake Eyasi is home to and famous for the Hadza bushmen, the last survivors of a civilization that knows nothing of agriculture, livestock, pottery, and metals. They live by hunting with bows and arrows, and gathering wild berries and fruits. The Hadza people of Lake Eyasi are the heirs of the very first human beings, the kids of Olduvai Gorge and Koobi Fora who still have a symbiotic relationship with the environment, the purest example of anarchic society with no rules and no chief.

The Hadza hunt game, gather edible plants and honey, and move from place to place whenever the weather changes, or the wild herds migrate, or when they just feel like moving. Every two weeks or so, they move to a new temporary settlement. It takes less than two hours for Hadza women to build a new camp. They make huts by bending and weaving branches into round structures about six feet high, then covering them with thick clumps of long, golden grass.

Some rock caves have been used intermittently by the Hadza over thousands of years and are decorated with ancient rock paintings. Whether they sleep in huts, caves or in the open, the Hadza cover themselves only with thin cloths and rely on fire to keep them warm. It takes them less than 30 seconds to start a fire by rotating wooden firedrills between their palms and creating friction in a hollowed-out scrap of soft wood. Meeting them is fascinating and they are happy to take you with them in the early morning, to hunt for a few hours and experience their archaic way of life. Lake Eyasi Safari Lodge is a great location to organize such trips.

Other inhabitants of the region are the polygamous Datoga, herders who came from the Horn of Africa to this region following stock in search of pasture. It is possible to visit a village and a blacksmith’s shop that still uses ancient techniques to produce everyday objects, jewellery, and arrowheads for the neighbouring Hadza, who provide animal skins and wild honey in return.

A notable site that reflects the ancient human influence in the Lake Eyasi region is the Mumba Cave, an archaeological site that is located by the shores of Lake Eyasi. The site has yielded a number of Middle Stone Age and Late Stone Age artifacts that have proved vital to the study of man’s origins in the cradle of humanity.

Seasonal water level fluctuations in Lake Eyasi are dramatic, though the northwestern shore is constrained by the cliffs of the Serengeti Plateau. During the dry season the lake may dry up almost entirely, especially in drier years, so that Datooga herders and Hadza foragers will cross the lake on foot, but in El Niño years it may flood its banks. However, even during wet periods, lake depths typically remain less than one metre.

Lake Eyasi Highlights

  • Take a hunting trip with the Hadza bushmen.

  • Visit the Mumba Cave archaeological site.

  • See the rock caves with paintings for some of the first men and women to walk the Earth.

  • Possible hippo sightings if the water levels are just right.

  • Combine with trip to nearby Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Crater.

Tours To Lake Eyasi

12 day Northern Explorer

2 day Tanzania safari - this is the shortest safari leaving from Dar Es Salaam. Special Offer - This is available either camping, lodge or a mixture of both.

This safari offers a great introduction to southern Tanzania with a quick visit to Mikumi - perfect for those short on time

12 day Southern Explorer

12 day Southern Explorer

2 day Tanzania safari - this is the shortest safari leaving from Dar Es Salaam. Special Offer - This is available either camping, lodge or a mixture of both.

This safari offers a great introduction to southern Tanzania with a quick visit to Mikumi - perfect for those short on time

2 day Budget North Tanzania Safari

2 day Budget North Tanzania Safari

2 day north Tanzania safari - this is the shortest safari we offer. Special Offer - This is available either camping, lodge or a mixture of both. This safari includes two wonderful Northern Tanzania national parks, these are Tarangire National Park and Lake Manyara National Park. You will spend 1 night at budget lodge, at Mto wa Mbu, the village next to Lake Manyara .
2 day Budget South Tanzania Safari

2 day Budget South Tanzania Safari

2 day budget south Tanzania safari - this is the shortest safari leaving from Dar Es Salaam. Special Offer - This is available either camping, lodge or a mixture of both. This safari offers a great introduction to southern Tanzania with a quick visit to Mikumi - perfect for those short on time

3 day Kilimanjaro Foothills

3 day Kilimanjaro Foothills Hiking Tour - this includes a cultural tour and a visit to Kilimanjaro base camp.  This trip is perfect for those that want to get a taste of Kilimanjaro and actually get on the mountain, but don’t have the time to attempt the summit. This is combined with a cultural tour where you find out about the tribes that live on this great mountain. Overnight at a lodge on the mountainslopes.
3 day Luxury Safari From Zanzibar

3 day Luxury Safari From Zanzibar

3 days luxury tented camp Safari from Zanzibar - a great add on for your Zanzibar honeymoon. This is a flight from Zanzibar straight into the Serengeti. This can also be included with a hot air balloon trip. This is a luxury trip using the best camps.
3 day Simba Safari

3 day Simba Safari

3 day Simba Tanzania safari - this is the shortest safari with Ngorongoro Crater. Special Offer - This is available either camping, lodge or a mixture of both. This safari offers a great introduction to northern Tanzania with Lake Manyara and Tarangire and the 8th wonder of the world - Ngorongoro Crater . We offer this safari for camping, lodge or a mixture of the both.
4 day Chimpanzee Safari

4 day Chimpanzee Safari

4 day Chimpanzee safari - special fly in safari to the home of the Chimpanzees This safari offers a great introduction to the Mahale Mountains the home of chimpanzees in Tanzania
4 day Hiking & Safari

4 day Hiking & Safari

4 day Tanzania safari and hiking tour - a perfect short option 1 day safari with 3 days of hiking. Special Offer - This is available either camping, lodge or a mixture of both. This is a hiking, walking and game drive tour to explore Ngorongoro Crater, Empakai Crater, Mount Oldonyo Lengai climb and a visit to Lake Natron. Please note the Ol Doinyo  Lengai is for advanced climbers / hikers.

4 day Mount Meru Climb

4 day hiking / mountain climbing- reach the 3rd highest summit in Africa. Special Offer Mount Meru can be used for an acclimatization before tackling it's big brother Kilimanjaro, but is also a great hike on its own.  Accommodation is in huts

4 day Selous Camping Safari

4 day southern Tanzania safari - this is an adventure safari to the remote Selous Game Reserve. This is available either camping or lodge This Selous Safari is perfect for travelers who wants to make a short visit of Tanzania's most wild nature reserve the massive Selous Game Reserve. The Selous offers great game viewing and also walking safaris and boat safaris.
4 day Tembo Safari

4 day Tembo Safari

4 day Northern Tanzania safari - a perfect short option safari for travelers to northern Tanzania. Special Offer - This is available either camping, lodge or a mixture of both. Rather than rushing great distances to see the Serengeti in such a short time we recommend this safari combining the best of Arusha, Tarangire & Lake Manyara National Parks as well as Ngorongoro Crater.
5 day Kilwa History & Beach

5 day Kilwa History & Beach

5 day History & Beach tour - this visits a UNESCO Site and one of Tanzania's best beaches. Special Offer  This tour includes time on the beautiful Masoko pwani beach as well as a guided tour to the Kilwa Kisiwani UNESCO World Heritage Site.
6 day Selous Explorer

6 day Selous Explorer

6 day Selous safari - travel over 200km through the Selous Game Reserve - Tanzania's largest protected area. This is available either camping, lodge or a mixture of both. This safari offers a great view of the Selous, from the mountainous North you follow the river to the eastern boundary where you have a boat safari.
6 day Zanzibar Beach Relaxation & Stonetown

6 day Zanzibar Beach Relaxation & Stonetown

6 day Zanzibar beach & Stonetown- this is a great add on to any safari  - beach time! This tour offers a spice tour on arrival with beach time at some of Zanzibar's greatest beaches and an overnight in Stonetown UNESCO heritage site with a walking tour.
7 day Northern Safari

7 day Northern Safari

7 day northern Tanzania safari - this is our most popular Tanzania Safari. Special Offer - This is available either camping, lodge or a mixture of both. Our special offer 7 day safari aims to give you a real highlight of northern Tanzania and it’s National Parks; we have combined a mixture of stunning scenery as well as areas with high concentrations and diversities of wildlife.

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Accommodation In Lake Eyasi

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Activities In Lake Eyasi

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Wildlife In Lake Eyasi

Lake Eyasi Flora & Fauna

Like most East African soda lakes, Lake Eyasi’s size varies a lot throughout the year. Greater and lesser flamingos may be seen, sometimes in good numbers. Storks, pelicans and other birds may also be seen. It is not a prime area for mammal wildlife, but monkeys and antelopes may be spotted.

In El Niño years Lake Eyasi may flood its banks and attract hippopotamus from the Serengeti National Park. It is also a seasonal stop for migrating flamingos. The lake supports minor local fishing in wet years, but more often catfish and lungfish are taken from the streams and springs that feed the lake.

Lake Eyasi Vegetation

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Map Of Lake Eyasi

Lake Eyasi Location & Map

Lake Eyasi is a seasonal shallow endorheic salt lake on the floor of the Great Rift Valley at the base of the Serengeti Plateau, just south of the Serengeti National Park and immediately southwest of the Ngorongoro Crater and Conservation Area in the Crater Highlands of Tanzania. The lake is elongated, orientated southwest to northeast, and lies in the Eyasi-Wembere branch of the Great Rift Valley.

Lake Eyasi is best visited in a trip to the the Ngorongoro Crater also known as the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Ngorongoro is a renowned location only a 3 hour drive from Arusha town that offers a stunning diversity and range for safari goers. The Lake Eyasi is just South of Ngorongoro.

Arusha is the starting point for most safaris to Ngorongoro which can be seen after Lake Manyara National Park and is conveniently on the way to Serengeti. Arusha is served by its own regional airport (ARK) that can be reached via Dar es Salaam’s Julius Nyere International Airport, or the closer by Kilimanjaro International Airport where regular KLM flights from Amsterdam land as well as new Qatar and Turkish Airlines routes.

The best time of year to visit Lake Eyasi is between June and November, however this depends on your preference of when to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

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