30,000 (2002 SIL). Ethnic population: 30,000.
Arusha region: Ngorongoro district, north central near Kenya border, Maasai area. 7 villages: Sale, Mdito, Samunga, Digodigo, Kisangiro, Mugholo, Oldonyo Sambu.
None known. Reportedly shows similarities to Gikuyu [kik] of Kenya.
SVO, 15 noun classes, question word final, maximum prefixes 3, maximum suffixes 2, no gender affixes, active and passive suffixes, 17 consonant phonemes; 7 vowel phonemes; non-tonal.
Home, market, village. All ages. Positive attitudes. Most also use Swahili [swh]. Swahili used in education.
Latin script [Latn].
Ethnic autonym: Batem. Traditional religion.