This week M1 students joined their counterparts on our Moshi campus to visit Lake Eyasi. This trip was part of their interdisciplinary unit between Design and I&S.
“The M1 IDU trip took place to Tanzania’s 6th largest lake, Lake Eyasi. It is a total area is 1,050 km². Lake Eyasi is surrounded by many mountains and valleys. Our camp was walking distance from the Lake. The camp was surrounded by a forest, dry bushes and acacia trees with thorns. The campsite was called Hatzabe camp.” – Sayan
“We left for this trip on the 16th March going to Lake Eyasi. When we got to the camp it was a dry and dusty area with lots of palm trees. There was a prepping station and a place where we would put our cooked food. On the first day we visited the Datoga tribe and we saw how they lived, where they lived and how they got money. The men of the Datoga tribe are metalsmiths and made jewellery and spear heads. We also visited the Hadzabe tribe and went hunting with them. We didn’t get to swim because the pond where we were staying was flooded by Lake Eyasi which is west of Lake Manyara. These waters have chlorine and bleach in them, so they are dangerous to swim in.” – Eleanor
“The trip was linked to our learning because we had designed our own clothing for the tribes. On the trip, we learnt how some tribes have survived for such a long time. For example, by communicating and hunting to survive.” – Jonathan
“On our trip, we learned about the Hadzabe tribe and how they live a hunter gatherer lifestyle. We also learned about the Datoga tribe and how they live in a permanent area and how they make their own jewellery to trade. My favourite part of the trip was hunting with the Hazabe because we got some natural honey and we saw how they hunt every day. The best memory on this trip was learning about the Hadzabe lifestyle because they are the only people in the world that only use natural resources.” – Ibrahim
“I learned how to use a bow and arrow correctly, how to climb high rocks and trees and how to hunt. I also learned how to melt iron. I learned how the tribes build their houses.” – Ian
“I learned that even though the tribes live out in the wild they still make use of their surroundings to survive. For example, the Hadzabe use the honey that is found in the trees the eat and the larva that is inside of the honeycomb for snacks. The other types of animals they get when hunting become their dinner, and if the men fail in hunting the women would go and look for fruit to eat.” – Malaika