Visit a Datoga village near the Ngorongoro Crater with conservation photographer Scott Ramsay.
The Datoga people are pastoralists who live in the Manyara region near Arusha in Tanzania, having moved south from South Sudan and Ethiopia about 3 000 years ago. There are at least seven Datoga clans and the language has various dialects. In Swahili, the Datoga are known as the Mang’ati. In October last year, conservation photographer Scott Ramsay travelled to Tanzania to photograph a series of wilderness camps in the nearby Maswa and Mwiba game reserves. He had some spare time between shoots so he went to visit a Datoga village near Lake Eyasi, south-east of the Ngorongoro Crater. Scott’s most recent portfolio was in go! #125, when he stunned us with photos from his book South Africa’s Wildest Places. This time he gives us a glimpse of this relatively unknown tribe in East Africa. “I could sense that the Datoga were sceptical of my presence at first,” he says. “The men and women danced and sang quietly, with restraint. But then a crack of thunder tore through the sky and rain started pouring down. The chanting and dancing intensified. It was as if the people had become energised by the falling water and flashes of lightning.”
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