Living in “Hives”
Along the hillside the strange huts pepper the verdant landscape. Some rising as high as three stories, they are the tell-tale sign of the legendary Dorze tribe. Fashioned from hardwood poles and woven bamboo, the beehive-shaped homes are insulated with grass, bamboo stems and enset, or false banana leaves. Due to their location in rural Ethiopia and the erosion of time, termites are often a risk to the basement levels of the huts. However, their ingenious design allows the remainder of the home to be lifted and relocated, so the Dorze huts typically last between 60 and 80 years. The process explains the variation of hut height where the newer homes are taller and the older ones are noticeably shorter.