Survival Skills of The Bushmen
Team Kilimanjaro no longer incorporate Lake Eyasi into their safaris. We started working with the Hadzabe in around 2005 as part of an effort to ensure that the Hadzabe recognised the value of maintaining their traditional way of life and did not allow themselves to relinquish their cultural identity and become assimilated into other tribes whose staple diet is processed millet, and which generally struggle to make ends meet once congregated into urban environments such as Karatu and Arusha.
Sadly, however, this work has been capitalised on by the local authorities who have implemented regulations that essentially favour exposure of clients to a limited number of synthetic "Potemkin village" type experiences, rather than allowing exchange with communities that still genuinely subsist in the same way that their ancestors have done for thousands of years.
Further, as other tribes have witnessed the Hadzabe sustaining themselves well economically from gifts given to them by appreciative clients who visit their families, these other tribes have successfully attempted to "infiltrate" themselves into nomadic Eyasi communities and have invented an ancestral heritage purely for the perceived benefit of visiting clients.
To combat this unwelcome trend, Team Kilimanjaro established a new bush camp far away from the synthetic communities from which the local authorities and other well-connected entities now derive such significant financial benefit, in an area where genuine Hadzabe are found, and where exchanges between clients and tribes people are transacted in such a way as to ensure that funds are disseminated throughout the extended families of Hadzabe hunters, and do not instead quickly find their way primarily into local bars in Mangola and Barazani.
On the basis of how companies are currently compelled to comply with the local authorities, it is now TK's view that these procedures no longer serve the interests of our clients or the genuine Hadzabe tribes people, whom it is one of our important priorties as a company to serve.
Until further notice, therefore, TK will not be offering Lake Eyasi as a component of our safaris.