The Himba are a tribe of nomadic pastoralists of about 20,000 to 50,000 people living in northern Namibia, in the Kunene region, formerly Kaokoland. The Himba are actually descendants of a group of Herero herders who fled into the remote north-west after been displaced by the Nama. The Himba have clung to their traditions and the beautiful Himba women are noted for their intricate hairstyles which and traditional jewellery.

As Himba men and woman wear few clothes apart from a loin cloth or goat skinned mini-skirt, they rub their bodies with red ochre and fat to protect themselves from the sun and also gives their appearance a rich red colour. The Himba jewellery is made from iron or shell, and due to their intricate designs have become very popular amongst western tourists. Himba homesteads are cone shaped structures made from palm leaves, mud and cattle dung. During the course of a year the family will move from one home to another in search of grazing for the animals. For this reason it is important not to take anything from a Himba hut even if it appears abandoned.

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November 18, 2014


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May 30, 2011


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May 25, 2011


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May 25, 2011


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May 24, 2011


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May 24, 2011


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May 24, 2011


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May 24, 2011


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May 24, 2011


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