December 18, 2007 – Crawling Through Old Caves

The Masai People

Hi this is Jo Ann, and yesterday I had a fantastic day visiting the Chagga people with some great guides who told me about the traditions of the Chagga people. For example, the bad omen of an owl. We also crawled through the caves that they used 300-400 years ago to hide the Chagga people in the tribal wars against the Masai. Really a fantastic day. Today I'm with Morolo and David and we are on our way to Lake Eyasi, hopefully to find the Bushmen and spend a couple of nights there. I've gotten a fantastic education from my two guides about Masai as we've stopped at markets and learned a great deal about each of the different Masai groups. It's been fantastic, I'm having a great time, can't wait to see the Bushmen.

Lake Eyasi

A salt lake situated between the Rift Valley’s Eyasi escarpment and the Kidero Mountains, the area around Lake Eyasi is home to the Hadzabe bushmen, some of the last remaining hunter-gatherers on the continent.

The Hadzabe have inhabited the acacia forests and scrubland around Eyasi for over 10,000 years. Their language resembles the click languages of other bushmen further south in the Kalahari.

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