The Himba (singular: OmuHimba, plural: OvaHimba) are indigenous peoples with an estimated population of about 50,000 people living in northern Namibia, in the Kunene Region (formerly Kaokoland) and on the other side of the Kunene River in southern Angola.
The Himba speak Otjihimba, a dialect of Herero. Herero is a Bantu language. Although English is now the national language of Namibia, almost no Himba speak it, and very little English is taught in Omuhonga schools.
The reason for this is otjize, a paste of butter, fat and red ochre – sometimes scented with aromatic resin – that Himba women apply each morning to their skin and hair, giving them a distinctive red hue.
Both woman and men are accustomed to wearing their traditional dress. Males wear loin cloths and sandals for footwear, with foot soles often found made from old car tires, as the men and boys tend to the cattle and herd their goats all day. The woman on the other hand tends to the village wearing goat skinned skirts.
The first settlements of the Himba people can be traced back to the early 16th century when they crossed the Angolan border and chose Kaokoland (nowadays called Kunene region) as their new homeland. At that time, the word Himba did not exist because they had not yet separated themselves from the Herero tribe.
6 African Tribes with Traditional African Cultures Maasai of Kenya and Tanzania. Himba of northwest Namibia. Zulu of South Africa. Bushman, San or Khoisan, of Southern Africa. Southern Ndebele tribe of South Africa. Samburu of Northern Kenya.
Despite relatively good economic growth, and recent stable employment growth, the Namibian population continue to be susceptible to poverty. Rated as a high middle income country, Namibia’s poverty and inequality levels are among the highest. About 28.7% of the population is poor while 15% are extremely poor.
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Their homes surround an okuruwo (ancestral fire ) and their livestock, both closely tied to their belief in ancestor worship. The fire represents ancestral protection and the livestock allows for proper relations between human and ancestor.
As a whole, Namibians are incredibly friendly, the country’s infrastructure is good, and the level of corruption found here is far less than neighbouring countries. It is, overwhelmingly, a peaceful and welcoming country.
Himba Women – the Most Beautiful Tribe of Africa Today, the Himba tribe is widely known thanks to its interesting traditions, as well as the natural beauty of its people. Really stunning, unreal beauty and special, absolutely strange grace of a Himba woman attracts the guests most of all.
The Namibian Police established a Tourist Protection Unit, but they are severely understaffed, so the prevention of crime is not yet at it’s predicted full potential. The most common types of crime in Namibia are non-violent, such as pick-pocketing, purse-snatching and vehicle theft.
With around 3,000 tribes and 2,000 languages and dialects, Africa is a continent with fascination around every corner.
In Namibia there are deserts, forests, tropics, ocean and rivers. There are 13 major tribes and many other smaller tribes represented.
Namibia, officially Republic of Namibia, also called (internationally until 1968) South West Africa, Afrikaans Namibië or Suidwesafrica, country located on the southwestern coast of Africa.