Type: Tradition, Culture, Native tribe
Time needed: 3 Hour(s) to 0.5 Day(s)
The Himba people are Namibia's last traditionally existing tribal group and they are found in the northern reaches of Namibia in the Kaokoland region. The Himba people have adapted over the years to life with hardly any water and they survive on the meat and milk of the cattle and goats that they breed. While visiting a Himba-Herero village one will learn how the Himba women cover their skin with a mixture of ochre and goats' fat in order to protect their skin from the harsh rays of the sun. The mixture makes their skin look red in colour which symbolizes the earth's burnt red colour, and the colour of blood which symbolizes life. One will also learn about how the tribe's people use hollowed out pumpkins, called kalebasses, to store milk. The Himba people wear little clothing and are traditionally topless with either loin clothes or skirts. In the Himba culture the ankles, rather than the breasts, of a woman are considered sexual and therefore the women wear beaded anklets. These anklets also help to protect their legs from poisonous animal bites. Organized tours to a Himba village can be arranged through tour companies.