Otjikandero Himba Orphanage Village, Kamanjab

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Witness a piece of tradition preserved through time in the tribal ways of the people at Otjikandero Himba Orphanage Village. Visitors have the chance to interact with the Himba people through a local English-speaking guide, but be mindful of your questions and the differences between the cultures. Observe the outfits of the women of the village, their daily routines, and shop for handicrafts they made to trade with tourists. The project serves to help the people continue their ways without succumbing to the modern lifestyle, as some of the profit goes to their protection. For Otjikandero Himba Orphanage Village and beyond, use our Kamanjab driving holiday planner to get the most from your Kamanjab vacation.
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  • we were warned this area is mostly showroom, tourist trap, if you will. our group did go to himba village, with a guide, near Okongwati. still it was one of my least favorite things from the trip. i....  more
    we were warned this area is mostly showroom, tourist trap, if you will. our group did go to himba village, with a guide, near Okongwati. still it was one of my least favorite things from the trip. i....  more »
  • This was a bit of a disappointing experience. Our “local” Himba guide was waiting for us at the entrance. From there she directed us to the “village”. When you arrive, you see a few Himba women... 
    This was a bit of a disappointing experience. Our “local” Himba guide was waiting for us at the entrance. From there she directed us to the “village”. When you arrive, you see a few Himba women...  more »
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  • Terrible experience. For N$ 300 per person you pay the entrance to the village for 10 minutes. There are 5 women and several children that you can take pictures of. Then they will just show you the red clay they put on their hair and start persuading you to buy overpriced souvenirs. Visibly old, damaged, dried wooden animals and some bracelets (tha same you can buy in Windhoek for N$ 10 - 20). In the end, he puts a bowl in front of you, in which you have to put money before you leave. Overpriced theater for tourists. Go to another village, more authentic, with more pleasant people!
  • This is a himba village. I'm always fascinated by tribes so here are some interesting facts about the Himba: - If you visit a Himba village, it's very rare to see men as they are mostly out scourging for resources. It looks as if the entire village is run by women. - Polygamy is allowed in the Himba tribe so a man can have multiple wives. - Livestock is an extremely valuable resource to the Himba, it signifies wealth but also provides the village with milk and meat. - The redish tint on their skin is formed by crushing a rock called okra and mixing it with butter. Butter is formed from goats milk that has been left to stand and then shaken to form butter. This mixture is used as sunscreen but it is also how they take a bath as they don't have traditional showers. -The Himba use smoke as a perfume. - The ankle bracelets and the vertical lines signify how many children a girl has. - Milk, porridge and meat is their favourite food.

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