Learn bushcraft skills from the true experts, the people that invented them! This is an opportunity like no other...Live in the bush among the ancient Hadza tribe in the rift valley of East Africa. The Hadza are some of the last true hunter gatherers of our time, still to this day they hunt and forage for 95% of their diet all using ancient skills past down over generations. We will live alongside the bushman learning their primitive living skills such as bow hunting, foraging, animal tracking and so much more. Spots are limited as the group size will have a limit of only 6 people. Please note: This training is the real thing, it takes place in the wild among a variety of dangerous animals such as snakes, scorpions, hyenas and leopards.
2 meals a day will be provided and will consist only of wild meat hunted such as antelope, game birds, baboon, and goat. You will have the option to choose a vegetarian meal if you prefer to opt out. The caloric intake will be similar to a hunter gatherer therefore enough to sustain you but less than what most people are used to eating. Please also understand that hunting animals is never a guarantee and therefore some days we might only be eating vegetarian. The Hadza respect all animals however there is no sugar coating when it comes to dispatching, field dressing, and eating them. Please be prepared for this as it is a matter of survival for them.
This is an extremely rewarding experience with an element of challenge and will be life changing for most.
What to expect
The curriculum is dependent on movement of animals, the amount of rain from the previous monsoon season, and by covering ground hiking in the bush. Here is what you can expect to learn:
- Make a traditional Hadza hunting bow and arrows and hunt alongside the Hadza
- Make primitive traps
- Make friction fire with the hand drill method
- Forage for wild fruits, roots, and honey from wild bee hives
- Learn about medicinal plants
- Learn about the construction of the Hadza huts
- Make rope, tinder, toothbrushes, utensils, and more from natural resources
- hunting and stalking techniques
- Animal tracking and identification
- Water sourcing and purifying
- process wild game meat, skins, and cooking methods
- Night walking and hunting
Day 1: Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) in Tanzania - Transfer to hotel in Arusha. Our Local safari guide Abbas will pick you up and transport you and the rest of the participants to our lodge in Arusha town for the first night.
Day 2: Arusha to Lake Eyasi. After breakfast Abaas will pick you and the rest of the group up for the 4hr journey to the Hadza village in Lake Eyasi. On Arrival you will meet your Bushcraft instructor Joel, Hadza guide and translator Mike, and Hadza Chief Xon Xa and his family. Set up camp and familiarize yourself with the surroundings
Day 3-7: Hunting, bushcraft, and cultural learning. 5 jam packed days (and sometimes nights) of bushcraft training with Joel and the Hadza Bushmen.
Day 8: Drive from Lake Eyasi to Maasai village. Depart Lake Eyasi to spend the day and night staying in a Maasai village. We will learn about the culture and survival skills still applied by these native warrior herdsman
Day 9: Game drive into Ngorongoro crater - drive back to Arusha. early wake up and departure for a 1 day driving safari through world famous Ngorongoro crater conservation area spotting Africa's large game such as Lions, Rhino's, elephants, buck, zebra, buffalo and much more. End of the day you will be dropped off at our lodge for the last night
Day 10: Transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) airport. Enjoy breakfast at the lodge and relax by the pool before the transfer to the airport. Our driver will pick you up 3 hrs before your flight departs.
What to bring
You are limited to what you can carry on your back for this adventure however we encourage students to go minimalist like the Hadza by bringing only the essentials. Most Hadza only own 1 set of clothing, a blanket, a knife, and bows and arrows. We provide sleeping mats and chairs for comfort and here is what we recommend you bring:
- One set of clothing including warm layers (Temperatures at night can drop to the low 50's(Fahrenheit)
- Small carving/fillet knife and large chopping knife
- Mosquito net, repellent and sun screen
- Water bottle or camelback
- Hat with full brim
- Good hiking boots which should be worn in. If you want to wear sandals like the Hadza please make sure your feet are conditioned to them or else we do not recommend it.
- Sleeping bag or blanket
- Rain coat. We recommend a poncho, they are ideal for outdoors as they that can be used as a shelter too.
- We recommend sleeping in the open under the stars but can provide tents or you can bring your own if you prefer. Do not bring hammocks.
Requirements for this course
- We require each participant to purchase travel insurance. This can be done online for $50-$100
- To enter Tanzania you will require proof of yellow fever vaccination which can be obtained from your local doctor
- Each participant needs to be physically fit. If you cannot hike 15 miles a day with a 20lb pack then this might not be the course for you.
- Each participant needs to be healthy. Prior to booking please enquire with us if you are on heart or diabetic medications, allergic to bee's, or have any other health conditions
- Participants must be 18 years of age or older to partake
WHAT IS INCLUDED
- Private 4x4 Safari vehicle for all transportation including to/from Kilimanjaro (JRO) airport
- All entry/village/park fees
- Professional guides
- All meals excluding day 1 dinner and day 10 lunch
- drinking water
- sleeping mat, chairs, and tents upon request
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED
- Flights to/from Kilimanjaro international airport (JRO). It is highly recommended to book your flight within 60 days prior to course start date, or book a refundable/changeable flight. Please refer to booking terms, conditions and refunds below.
- Tanzania travel visa which can be purchased for $100 at the airport upon entry for US passport holders
- Personal sanitary items
- Gratuities: tipping is voluntary and at your own discretion, however generally much appreciated if you are happy with your service.
Tanzania does have malaria and therefore it is recommended to speak to your doctor or view the CDC's website (Centre of Disease Control) about prophylactics. The area we are in does not have large amounts of mosquitoes, and therefore pretty low risk, however it is recommended to bring a mosquito net and spray with you. Prevention is better than cure! We are happy to speak to you personally about this topic if you feel the need, you can contact us here
It is important to alert us to any health issues you might have prior to doing this trip such as allergies to bee's, heart issues, diabetes etc...
BOOKING TERMS, CONDITIONS, AND REFUNDS:
A $1000 deposit is required to secure your spot on the course. The remainder must be paid in full no less than 60 days prior to course start date.
It is highly recommended to book your flight within 60 days prior to course start date, or book a refundable/changeable flight.
If we have not had a minimum of 4 bookings by 60 days prior to course start date, and therefore cannot run the course, we will notify all persons with reservations and you will have the choice of being provided a full refund or a credit toward the same course at a future date. As soon as we receive the minimum bookings we will contact you with confirmation of the course proceeding
If a student needs to cancel their booking, a full refund (excluding a 3% processing fee) can be requested as long as it is not within 60 days of the course start date.