Tanzania has over 120 local languages harmonised by Kiswahili

DAR ES SALAAM: TANZANIA is a melting pot of culture, with over 120 unique tribes and languages living peacefully alongside each other and are united as they are diverse.

The national language is Kiswahili, and yet there are many who only speak their local or tribal language. As you are in Tanzania, there are five tribes you should be meeting to realize that the people still keep their traditions and culture.

For instance the Hadzabe-This indigenous ethnic group resides in north-central Tanzania, dwelling near Lake Eyasi in the central rift valley and in the neighboring plateaus of the Serengeti.

As one of the descendants of Tanzania’s aboriginal hunter-gathering population, the Hadzabe tribe has a division of labour that is split between foraging and hunting.

While Hadzabe men usually forage individually, women are known generally to forage with at least one adult male accompanying the group.

The Hadzabe women usually carry digging sticks, large skin pouches for carrying items like knives, shoes, clothing and various other items held in the pouch around their neck, with a grass basket for carrying berries while foraging.

Their diet consists mainly of honey, fruits, tuber, and meat. The availability of meat to their diet increases during the dry season when men often hunt in pairs hoping to shoot animals with their bows and poisoned arrows.

They are highly skilled hunters and are known for their selective skills in hunting, foraging and their vast knowledge of plants, fruits, tubers, and wild animals.

Visit the Datoga tribe and at times referred to as the Mang’ati. Datoga people are known as an agro-pastoral nomadic Nilotic speaking tribe, residing in Manyara and Singida region of northcentral Tanzania near Mt Hanang, lake Basotu and Lake Eyasi.

With well over 10 subtribes, its best subtribe is the pastoral Barabaig who also reside mainly in the northern volcanic highlands encompassed by Mt Hanang which is a sacred mountain to the Barabaig. KARIBU TANZANIA!

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