Hadzabe hunter with monkeys and a bushbaby, Lake Eyasi, Tanzania.
The Hadzabe, or Hadza, are one of the last tribes of hunter-gatherers in the world. They live around Lake Eyasi and the Serengeti Plateau and today, number 1000-2000, although just 300-400 still live a traditional lifestyle. They were once thought to be related to the San of southern Africa, but modern genetic studies link them to the pygmies of west and central Africa.
The Hadzabe are superb opportunistic hunter-gatherers. They hunt animals, and collect honey, fruit, tubers and berries for food. They also use a wide variety of plant species for medicinal purposes.
The future of the Hadzabe is very uncertain. Their existence is threatened by land encroachment by farmers and herders, lack of game to hunt, diseases including TB and HIV/AIDS and substance abuse.