A cultural trip through Namibia which is located in the southern part of the African continent is what you need to do in order to learn the different cultures of the people who are living in the country. Namibia is a country that is filled with a lot of tribes that are located in the different parts of the country and these make up the cultural tours in Namibia. Besides the tribes that are located within the country, the country also has German influence as it was a former colonialist of German. There are some towns in Namibia that have more German influence like Swakopmund and when you get to most parts of the country you will find that there are several buildings that have a German architecture and that is why some tourists refer to Namibia as a mini German.
A cultural trip to the country will take you to the different parts of the country where you will meet the tribes of Namibia and while there you will be able to experience and participate in all or some of the activities that they carry out. Your cultural trip will take you to the people that have been listed below.
The san people are also the first inhabitants of Namibia together with the Damara people and they live around the Kalahari Desert. They are used to the harsh conditions of the Desert and are well known for being hunters as that is their livelihood. A visit to the San Bushmen will give you a chance to learn how to track down the wild life in the different National parks that are near them, hunting skills, how to draw water from the ground and the leaves that are located within the Desert and other traditional practices that they carry out.
The san Bushmen are also believed to be the ones that did all the rock painting that are within the different parts of the country and they also offer tourists Bush walks around the different parts of the country and while on these walks you will be able to learn more about them and also get to participate in some of their traditional \practices.
Damara that is translated as black people are the oldest living inhabitants of Namibia and they used to live around the central part of the country next to the san Bushmen. They make about 5 % of the total population of Namibia and although some of them no longer live within the village, they still have their traditions that they follow and these can only be witnessed when one goes to Damara land.
The Damara women are the ones who take care of the home, take care of their homes by cooking food, taking care of their children and husbands while the men go out for hunting. There are several tribes that are under the Damara and these fall under the rule of King Justus Igaroeb.
The Herero is one of the many tribes in Namibia that you will get to meet while on a cultural tour in the country. The Herero people are believed to have migrated from East Africa and settled in the central and eastern parts of Namibia. Known to be ardent pastoralists, they have many traditions and their cultural practices will add vibe and color to your cultural safari within Namibia. The Herero people are known to be proud of their unique culture which separates them from the other tribes within the country and some of the experiences you will get when you go for a cultural trip with the Herero include the following:
Visit the Herero tribe in Namibia to experience the above and so much more and on your visit you will learn more about their culture and the history of Namibia at large.
The Himba people live in the Northern part of Namibia and if you do not visit them while in Namibia then your trip to the country will not be fun at all. This group of people that live in the semi-Desert area of Namibia with their red skin are one of the top tourist attractions in the country with their unique culture and traditions. Some of the traditions and cultures that they follow and what you will get to know when you are there include:
A cultural trip to the Himba will leave you enlightened with their culture however you should note that even though they are welcoming to the different visitors, they can become hostile to all those that want to change their culture and infiltrate it with the outside world.
Closely related to the Khoisan that live in the southern part of the African continent, the Nama people are one of the oldest groups if people living in Namibia. These are nomads and they are known for the large number of cattle that each family has and when it comes to talking they can easily be distinguished from the others due to the clicking sound that they make while talking. The elders can be seen telling stories to the younger generation through folk songs, traditional proverbs, music and sometimes dance. All these are done to help the younger generation understand more about their culture and it is a perfect way for tourists to also learn about their culture.
The Nama people live in a communal way that is no individual owns anything as it is owned by the community especially land and anyone who wants to use the and can use it. They also live in huts that are not permanent that is the huts known as Haru oms can easily be fell when they are migrating and put up again.
The women of the Nama tribe are good at art crafts and you will find many of them either being sold or out on by the women and their children. And although the traditional wear has been put aside by the many people, you will find a few people still dressed in the traditional wear that resembles the Victorian setting.