Day 10: Hunting with Hadza people

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.
hadza people sitting around fire at Lake Eyasi

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!
trying to get some fire with hadza people at the fireplace at Lake Eyasi

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.
hadza arrows for hunting

4. Depending on the type of arrow, there are different types of arrow heads also specialised for different animals or birds.
hadza arrow heads for hunting at Lake Eyasi

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.
hunting with Hadzabe people at Lake Eyasi

6. This hunter is wearing baboon skin and hat.
Hadza hunter at lake Eyasi during hunting

7. The hunting itself was actually a bit hards, since its not easy to get through the bush and the thorns.
hunting with hadza people at Lake Eyasi

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.
hadzabe village at lake Eyasi

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.
shooting a bow with hadza people at lake  Eyasi

10. And to get some fire, so the guys can have their smoking break.
getting some fire with Hadzabe people at lake Eyasi

11. It took us some time to get the fire. Not easy at all!
during hunting with Hadza people at lake Eyasi

12. Dogs are also having some rest.
hadza dogs during hunting at lake Eyasi

13. Another attempt to get fire.
gearing fire with hadzabe family during hunting at lake Eyasi

14. After break, we continued our hunting. But we were not lucky that day and didn’t catch anything, not even a bird.
hunting with hadzabe family at lake Eyasi

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!
Hadzabe trieb living style

16. This is a fur of serval. Sometimes they are so lucky to catch this wild cat.
Serval's skin at Hadza people living place

17. Baboon skull. This is quite common prey for Hadza people.
baboon's skull hadza family lake Eyasi

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.
Hadza women and kids

19. And the last shoot of these amazing Hadza people!
Hadza men at fire place

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