ABOUT LAKE EYASI
Lake Eyasi as one of the cultural based destinations in the Northern Tanzania, is a seasonal shallow endorheic salt lake on the floor of the Great Rift Valley at the base of the Serengeti Plateau, the area is on the south of the Serengeti National Park and immediately southwest of the Ngorongoro Crater in the Crater Highlands of Tanzania. The lake is elongated, orientated southwest to northeast, and lies in the Eyasi-Wembere branch of the Great Rift Valley.
Lake Eyasi is the popular destination for the authentic culture of the Hadzabe (Tanzania Bushmen), the datoga and the Mbulu. While the Datoga and Mbulu tribes are pastoralist as the Masai tribe, the Hadzabe (Bushmen) are hunters and a visit to them is worthwhile as they will proudly show you where and how they live and hunt which is sharing their jungle survival skills. They subsist entirely off the bush and by bow hunting. Everything they use is made from local materials, including their bows which are strung with giraffe tendon and their arrows which are coated in lethal poison. Their language resembles that of Kalahari Bushmen tribe (who were featured in the 1980 film ‘The Gods Must Be Crazy’) with clicking noises used. Other than the Masai, the tribes in the Lake Eyasi, are among the authentic cultural practicing tribes in the country.
The scenery of Lake Eyasi differs dramatically to that of the surrounding areas. Compared to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Highlands this area seems downright tropical. Around the Lake, there are palm trees that makes home for birdlife such as Fischer’s lovebird. Apart from the palm trees, there are other trees such as the umbrella thorn acacia and sand paper bush. As the Lake being located in the Floor of the Rift Valley which is the oldest rift in the World, it makes the weather to become always hot and intense. The water level of the lake varies seasonally between the rainy and dry season. During the dry season the lake is virtually nonexistent and animals are forced to share what water is left, which makes for easier wildlife viewing. The lake can get quite deep during the rainy season and it attracts hippos who like to cool off in its brackish waters.
Being at Lake Eyasi, It makes a paradise for the bird lovers, as the lake attracts number of birds with different size and colors. Though there are abundant species of birds but highly expect to find the flamingoes, pied avocet, great while pelican, African spoonbill, yellow-billed stork and the gray headed gulls.
Hence, the tourism activities when visit Lake Eyasi include walking tours and day or half day hikes are highly recommended. Also possible to go on a hunting trip with the Hadzabe or to visit the other tribes, boating and canoeing with spot fishing, camping and bird watching and visiting the tribes for cultural tourism. The destination can be visited throughout the year only with April and May being questionable because of the long rain.