THE HIMBA TRIBE



The Himba are an ancient indigenous group that lives in scattered settlements in North-Western Namibia and the other side of the Kunene River in Angola.

Currently at an estimated population of about 50 000, the sight of traditional Himba women has become an iconic image of Africa. 


With their unique traditional customs, the most prominent is their attire and rich red skin products (Otjize) made from Ochrestone (Hematite) crushed into tiny pieces, mixed with butter, fat and slightly heated by smoke before applying to their hair and skin forming a red layer. The layer protects their skin from the harmful rays of the sun and keeps the skin clean and moist. The Himba are considered the last (semi) nomadic people of Namibia and are accustomed to wearing traditional attire befitting their semi-arid climate. It is mostly made of calfskin and is often a skirt like item worn by women.

 

 On our 7 day Retreat you get to meet the Himba at Etosha National Park - and on the 10 day Retreat we visit their Village on our way from Etosha to Swakopmund.


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