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Traditional Villages

   

HIMBA

Kamanjab: Situated about 20 km outside of Kamanjab, a guided tour around the village will give you an in-depth insight into the life and ways of the last traditional tribe in Namibia, the Ova-Himba. Experience the milking ceremony, the smoke bath, be informed on the beliefs around the holy fire, ancestors, and herbal medicine. Learn about the jewellery and hairstyles to imitate the status of each tribe member and their close relationship with nature, their cattle and children

SAN (BUSHMEN)

Grashoek. Ju/'hoansi San associated with the Grashoek Historic Village, a living museum situated west of Nyae-Nyae, simulate the life of their ancestors in the Kalahari woodlands. Visitors join them as they hunt with bows, spears and snares; fashion weapons, implements, adornments and musical instruments; gather wild food with digging sticks and cook it on open fires; enact ceremonies, sing and dance. Turn onto a sandy track off route C44, the main road to Tsumkwe, at a signpost about 75 km into the journey. Prior booking unnecessary.

Nyae-Nyae Conservancy. Join other Ju/'hoansi in the Kalahari as they track game and gather wild food in age-old fashion. Traditional music and dance. South of Tsumkwe near Nyae-Nyae Pan.
Proceed from the conservancy office in Tsumkwe.

Omuramba Omatako. Walkabouts with !Kung San from the Omatako Valley Restcamp in the Kalahari. Game tracking and food gathering. Traditional music and dance. 140 km from Grootfontein on route C44.

NAMA KHOEKHOE

Warmbad. Cultural performances and traditional storytelling. Displays of historical and ethnic artifacts. Situated 56 km south of Karasburg in the Namibian south, Warmbad is home to the Bondelswart Nama. Guided tours of the village are available.

DAMARA

Anmire Traditional Village. Learn about Damara culture and traditions, among them rituals such as rites of passage. Hear the songs, see the dances. Sample the food. On the Hoanib River, in the Kaokoveld, south of Sesfontein.

OVAMBO

Nakambale Museum. Life-size replica of a typical Ndonga homestead. Traditional music, dance and food. Cultural and historic artifacts in museum on site. Guided visits arranged to occupied homesteads in vicinity. Just off route B1, 8 km from Ondangwa.

Omagongo Festival. An annual festival in the Ovambo heartland celebrates the first fruits of the marula tree (Sclerocarya birrea). The fruit is used to make a potent brew as well as a natural juice richer in vitamin C than orange juice. It is also eaten as a conserve and jelly. Cosmetic oil is extracted from the pips. The venue of the festival, usually held in February, changes from year to year.

Tsandi Royal Homestead. A guided tour of the traditional palace of the King of the Kwaluudhi people. Cultural museum in grounds. Off route C26, between Oshakati and Ruacana, south of Outapi.

HERERO

Hippo Pool. Guided visits to Himba settlements depart from the Otjipahuriro Community Campsite on the Kunene below the Ruacana Falls.

Okahandja. Herero men in military uniform and women in traditional finery march through the streets of the town and file past the graves of their chiefs. The parade takes place annually on 26 August.

Opuwo. Himba and Herero guides for hire in the town, at the Kaoko Information Centre, for excursions to Himba homesteads.

Purros Traditional Village. Hut construction, food preparation and craft manufacture. On route D3707, at Hoarusib River crossing, in the Kaokoveld. Only accessible to 4x4s.

IN CAPRIVI

Guided visits to Kafuvu and Kasika, real-life villages in the eastern Caprivi. Their inhabitants are Subiya fisherfolk and cultivators. In order to reach either village, a chartered launch from Kasane, across the Chobe River in Botswana, is the recommended means of transport. Visits need to be arranged in advance.

Kafuvu.
The village cannot be reached by road as it is situated on Impalila Island at the confluence of the Zambezi and Chobe rivers. Activities on offer include a village tour, a choir performance, a close encounter with a shaman, an excursion in a dugout canoe, fishing, a nature walk and a bicycle trail. The birdlife is abundant and diverse, while hippopotamus and crocodile are often seen.

Kasika.
On the Chobe River upstream from Impalila Island, Kasika can only be reached with difficulty by road. It offers the same activities as Kafuvu, except for the bicycle trail. Elephant, buffalo and hippopotamus roam in the vicinity.

Lizauli Traditional Village.
Guided tours of a village built to showcase Fwe traditions. Local people perform songs and dances. Craft manufacture and ironwork on site. In eastern Caprivi, 30 km south of Kongola.

TOWNSHIP FOLK

Swakopmund.
Guided tours through the Black township of Mondesa. The sights, the sounds, the people.

Windhoek.
Katutura Face-to-Face Tours take you into the largest Black township in Namibia. The sights, the sounds, the people.

CRAFT VILLAGES

Penduka Traditional Village.
A multi-ethnic collection of huts as traditionally built in rural villages. Crafts made on site. Tearoom and restaurant. On outskirts of Windhoek in Katutura.

Tsumeb Cultural Village.
Typical homes of major ethnic groups. Residents in traditional dress make crafts on site. On outskirts of Tsumeb.

   
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