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The Datoga

The Datoga people live in Tanzania.The most general name for this widely-dispersed ethnic group is Datoga, though it is sometimes spelled Tatooga. In the outside world they are often known by the Sukuma name for them, Taturu. Very few sources have information about the Datoga people. The best-known and most numerous sub-tribe of the Datoga peoples are the pastoral Barabaig, who reside chiefly in that part of the northern volcanic highlands dominated by Mount Hanang (3,418 metres). The sacred nature of this mountain makes it an important theme in Barabaig myth and song. In some people lists, the Barabaig are listed as a separate people, but as speaking the Datoga language.

There is little concrete history of the Datoga people. Their migration history has been reconstructed through comparative linguistics and study of oral traditions of the Datoga and their neighbors. The Datoga are linguistically and culturally classified as Highland (Southern) Nilotes. Their origins are thought to be in the Southern Sudan or western Ethiopia highlands, probably 3000 years ago. A gradual southward migration of their ancestral people resulted in a settlement of the highland areas of Kenya and Tanzania by speakers of Nilotic languages, herding and ultimately farming in those rich highlands by about AD 1500. These Highland Nilotes now fall into two groups, the Kalenjin cluster of peoples in Kenya, speaking several closely-related languages, and Datoga, whose language is more distantly related.

The Hadzabe

The Hadzabe live in the dry cracked terrain near Lake Eyasi, south of the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania. They have inhabited the acacia forests and scrubland around Lake Eyasi near the mountains for over 10,000 years. The Hadzabe set up camp temporarily and have small families. They build homes by weaving small huts out of the euphorbia bush, most of their huts are constructed in dried dung, sticks, and twigs. They eat roots, meat and they use traditional medicine to cure illnesses. They utilize sticks and grass to start fires. For 3 days and 2 nights East African Excursions avail you their way of life.

The Maasai

The Maasai migrated to Tanzania over 300 years ago and are famous for their way of life. Maasai families live in small traditional Bomas scattered over a given area. In the early morning, women leave the Boma to fetch water and collect firewood. At a very early age, young children play around mud houses and also begin to take care of cattle. The most respected Maasai warriors have been able to kill a lion single-handely. The trip to Maasai land will allow you to spend couple of days experiencing their way of living and local guide will be with the guests explaining the necessary sensitivities of the Maasai culture.

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