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Lake Eyasi in Tanzania

Just south of the Serengeti lies Lake Eyasi, one of the natural surrounds that helps make the Serengeti such a complex and impressive environment. Wild, raw, sometimes harsh and always beautiful, the Lake is home to some of the most stunning scenery in all of Tanzania.

The Lake lies in the shadow of the Oldeani Mountain just on the edge of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and provides a seasonal stop for many of the world’s migratory water birds, such as flamingos and pelicans.

Lake Eyasi in Tanzania

 

 

 
During the dry season, it is not uncommon for Lake Eyasi to completely dry up, allowing the tribes who inhabit the area to walk clear across its vast depths, while during the wet, rainy season it can support a large population of wildlife and water birds. Many traditional old-world style tribes live along Lake Eyasi, including the Hadzabe and Datoga tribes, who live off the land and rely on the Lake for sustenance.

By the shores of Lake Eyasi lies Mumba Cave, an archeological site known for providing a number of Middle Stone Age and Late Stone Age artifacts that lay hidden in this quiet and peaceful place for years.

The Lake is extremely important to the culture and ecosystem of Tanzania. Without its presence, the Serengeti would not be nearly as impressive and remarkable, and the large herds of animals that rely upon its waters, as well as the tribes who make use of it for their well-being, would simply cease to exist, changing the landscape of Africa entirely.

Barbara Noble

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