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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.”

SCOTT RAM­SAY To see more of Scott’s work, visit lovewil­dafrica.com

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