On our last day in the early morning we woke up at 4 am and headed to visit Hadza people. Since these people are hunters-gatherers, we visited their village to share a hunting experience with them. They hunt every day or two, depending on how lucky was their last attempt. Since they don’t stay long at one place, they don’t have any facilities at all to store food, they eat what they can catch and then they hunt again. They don’t grow anything, but only gather some plants in the bush around.
1. When we arrived it was still dark and the men of the Hadza family were sitting around the fireplace and smoking marijuana. As they explained to us, it was sort of a ritual to get stronger and fearless before hunting.
2. They produce fire with an old fashioned manner. Of course, I couldnt resist to try it on my own. It was pretty hard i’d say, you should move your arms very fast!
3. Then we went to choose arrows. They took a few of difference calibre in case they are lucky to catch some big animal like baboon. Very often, they only have birds.
4. Depending on the type of arrow, there are different types of arrow heads also specialised for different animals or birds.
5. Not all the men go for hunting. Usually, it’s two or three men. Also they take their dogs. This time two guys were with us. They started running through the bush and listened carefully if there are birds or animals around.
6. This hunter is wearing baboon skin and hat.
7. The hunting itself was actually a bit hards, since its not easy to get through the bush and the thorns.
8. Then we came across their old living place. One of the hunters checked the hut and found their old water reservoir. Sorry, I don’t know correct name for this cup.
9. At their old living place we mad a small stop. Unfortunately, by that moment we couldnt catch anything. Our hunters wanted to have a small rest and smoke weed again. Meanwhile, we tried to shoot a bow.
10. And to get some fire, so the guys can have their smoking break.
11. It took us some time to get the fire. Not easy at all!
12. Dogs are also having some rest.
13. Another attempt to get fire.
14. After break, we continued our hunting. But we were not lucky that day and didn’t catch anything, not even a bird.
15. Nevertheless, it was one of the greatest experience i’ve ever had in my life! I loved every moment of it and would definitely recommend to visit this beautiful place at Lake Eyasi. We came back to their living place and walked around a bit to get a closer look at their stuff. This is a leg of impala they caught a few days earlier. They eat it raw or cook a bit on fire. Without any seasoning. In this hollow they store all their belongings: some skins, arrows, arrow heads and other hunting stuff. Look at this python skin above impala’s leg!
16. This is a fur of serval. Sometimes they are so lucky to catch this wild cat.
17. Baboon skull. This is quite common prey for Hadza people.
18. Then we went to meet their women and kids. The usually stay separately from men during the daytime. But at night every family has its own spot. This kid is eating a piece of impala caught earlier.
19. And the last shoot of these amazing Hadza people!