People of the Pasthagaim
Under a blanket of stars, deep in Hadza land, sitting with our Hadza hosts around the fire, one could easily feel like our ancestors must have felt thousands of years ago. Haunting voices retelling in song an ancient hunting tale about tracking and hunting a giraffe.
Some days we spend with the men hunting for game with bows strung with kudu tendons; or collecting the Ba’alako wild honey of the Awawa bee from hives located high up majestic baobab trees. On other days we hike with the women as they forage for the Tafabe and the Undushibi berries, or digging for Shumuko tubers in the arid soil of their home land. In the afternoon we might venture out by car to visit yet other communities of traditional herders such as the Datoga, or the Masaai
Deep into the wilderness of the Kideru mountains and Alipi escarpment, far away from the main tourism route, our Wilderness Camp is kept simple, albeit comfortable, to fit with the harmonious and egalitarian lifestyle of our hosts. Matemebzi is one of only a few companies with access to the Hadza hinterlands. Our visits, designed to be respectful and mindful of any potential negative impacts, create important income that assists the Hadzabe communities to gain control of their future in the fast changing Tanzanian reality.