Head off the beaten track to discover Tanzania’s Lake Eyasi
Lake Eyasi may not be on the popular tourist trail but it is well worth taking a trip to this vast salt lake.
Sandwiched between the Rift Valley’s Eyasi escarpment and the Kidero Mountains, Lake Eyasi stretches about 50 kilometres to the southwest. If you look to the horizon you will see the Crater Highlands and the huge plains of the Serengeti snaking off into the distance.
You’ll love this area for its untouched beauty. Here also you can take the opportunity to meet the Hadza and Watindiga bushmen, some of the last remaining hunter-gatherers on the continent. Living in small groups, these native tribesmen, hunt with bow and arrows, gathering roots, tubers and wild fruits.
Lake Eyasi itself varies enormously depending on whether it is the rainy or dry season - the lake is a parched, alien and almost surreal landscape without the rain. Between June and November, however, the rains means the usually barren landscape is populated by hundreds of migrating flamingos and pelicans. It’s a sight to behold.