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Why you should add a visit to a Himba Village to your bucket list

Why you should add a visit to a Himba Village to your bucket list

The Himba tribe are indigenous, semi-nomadic people whose way of life has remained virtually unchanged for hundreds of years. In north Namibia’s remote Kunene region, they live in small villages that are basically untouched by modernity.

Why you should add a visit to a Himba Village to your bucket list

We visited a Himba village off the main tourist trail, where the tribe members preserved their ancestor’s culture particularly well (according to our guide). The tribe we visited is currently not part of any official tourist tours since there’s an ongoing dispute over land with authorities. We were just lucky enough to be taken there on a private tour by a friend of our camp’s receptionist.



The journey from our already remote camp took us over two hours by car. Most of the route was quite adventurous and led us offroad through mountains and dry river beds. All we encountered on the way were some animal cadavers – silent witnesses of the draught of the previous years, that has hit all life in the area heavily.

The Himba village consists of just a handful of huts. It is incredible to see how this tribe is living with almost no resources. Their tiny huts are made out of cow dung. Water has always been sparse, so women developed a fascinating grooming routine excluding water. They smoke themselves with a mix of herbs and apply a paste of red ochre and fat to their bodies and hair.

Why you should add a visit to a Himba Village to your bucket list

Why you should add a visit to a Himba Village to your bucket list

Why you should add a visit to a Himba Village to your bucket list

The kids were fascinated by being photographed

They were shy and yet curious about the camera. They didn’t really know the concept of seeing themselves and just couldn’t believe it was them on the screen. Seeing them in awe and all giggly was so heartwarming.

Why you should add a visit to a Himba Village to your bucket list

Why you should add a visit to a Himba Village to your bucket list

Why you should add a visit to a Himba Village to your bucket list

Why you should add a visit to a Himba Village to your bucket list

Why you should add a visit to a Himba Village to your bucket list

The visit to the Himba village was definitely a cultural highlight of our road trip through Namibia. It was fascinating how oblivious they seemed to be to the world around them. As we travelled further south we got to see a different side of the Himba though: Himba women posing for money in the buzzing centre of Swakopmund. The contrast was shocking and while some Himbas still seem to exist in a time vacuum others are already becoming part of the modern world.

The world is ever-changing and seeing a tribe trying to hold on to their roots is fascinating. This is why you should add a visit to a Himba Village to your bucket list!

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