Trip to Datoga Tribe for Bung’eda Ceremony

Trip to Datoga Tribe for Bung’eda Ceremony

Trip to Datoga Tribe for Bung’eda Ceremony

Trip to Datoga Tribe for Bung’eda Ceremony

Trip to Datoga Tribe for Bung’eda Ceremony

Trip to Datoga Tribe for Bung’eda Ceremony

Trip to Datoga Tribe for Bung’eda Ceremony

Trip to Datoga Tribe for Bung’eda Ceremony

TOUR DATES

July 1 - 4, 2022

EXPERIENCE

CULTURAL

GROUP SIZE

2-5

EXPEDITION OVERVIEW

We invite you to visit the Bung’eda ceremony in the Datoga tribe. It is a burial ceremony for esteemed and respected elders of the tribe, who performed good deeds throughout their lifetime. The ceremony is a unique event, because it represents traditions, rituals, original dances and songs that have been carried by the Tribe through generations. It is known that Datoga tribe is one of the few ones who keep their traditions unchanged. A very small percentage of the Datoga have been converted to Christianity, therefore their beliefs and traditions are preserved up to this day. Datoga is an isolated ethnic group that normally does not mix with other tribes, that’s why they are significantly different from their neighbors.

During your visit, you will get a chance to see Datoga’s intense trance state dancing, their original traditional songs and prayers to gods, bull slaughtering, ways of skinning and sacrificing the cattle for rituals. You will see how they collect honey and aloe roots for traditional honey-beer preparation, and other complex rituals related to the event.

Meet us in Arusha late morning and be ready to drive in the direction of Lake Eyasi, passing the village of Karatu where you will make a stop for lunch and visit the local market. Then drive towards the Great Rift Valley escarpment passing lake Eyasi and dry jungles, go up the escarpment and pass the picturesque Kilimapunda Hill. Arrive at the village and greet your hosts. While our crew is busy preparing your tent camp, you will have plenty of time to spend with Datoga people and our local guide who will tell you everything you might want to know about the upcoming ceremony.
This is the day when all the neighboring villages get together before the ceremony starts the next morning. Expect about 70-100 people in total.
Dinner and rest at the campsite steps from Datoga settlement.

Be ready to wake up at the break of dawn and take part in the honey collection, picking up aloe roots, fetching water, preparing honey beer, dances and songs. Cattle slaughtering happens on the same day, usually, it is several goats and a black bull.
Dinner and rest.

Visit the graves and witness rituals with cattle sacrifices, rituals with bull skin, prayers, and most importantly: intense dancing and singing.
Dinner and overnight at the campsite.

After a leisurely breakfast, be ready to drive back to Arusha passing the town of Mbulu, with beautiful rice fields and a scenic view of the great rift valley escarpment. Arrive back in Arusha by late afternoon.

-Vehicle
-Driver guide and local guide
-All related expenses on the ground such as camping equipment and all meals, soft drinks, water

-Accommodation in Arusha (can be booked at extra cost)
-International flight tickets
-Personal expenses (such as souvenirs and purchases of personal nature)
-Travel insurance

Prices

$1,600.00/PER PERSON

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