Himba Village Tour is done from Tualuka Safari Lodge as a half day excursion. The tour can be combined with an excursion to one of the Cheetah sanctuaries in the area for a full day excursion. The tour is recommend for Children and is for anyone who is interested in learning more about local cultures and their history. The Himbas are one of the few tribes in Africa that lives close to their original cultures and traditions and it’s a definite eye opener for people coming from the Western world.
Himba Children Playing – The Himba people don’t normally send their kids to school, they believe that they lose their kids to modern society if they send them.
The Himba (singular: Omuhimba, plural: Ovahimba) are an ethnic group of about 20,000 to 50,000 people living in northern Namibia, in the Kunene region (formerly Kaokoland). Recently they have built two villages in Kamanjab . They are mostly a semi-nomadic, pastoral people, closely related to the Herero, and speak Otjihimba, a dialect of the Herero language.
Himba women wears traditional attire and it can take her 4 hours in the morning to get herself ready for the day.
The Himba breed cattle and goats. The responsibility for milking the cows lies with the women. Women take care of the children, and one woman will take care of another woman’s children. Women tend to perform more labor-intensive work than men do, such as carrying water to the village and building homes. Men handle the political tasks and legal trials. Members of an extended family typically dwell in a homestead, “a small, circular hamlet of huts and work shelters” that surrounds “an okuruwo (ancestral fire) and a central livestock enclosure.” Both the fire and the livestock are closely tied to their belief in ancestor worship, the fire representing ancestral protection and the livestock allowing “proper relations between human and ancestor.” Source Wikipedia