Namibia Culture and Customs

Namibia culture and customs are a blend of many different peoples and cultures, similar in some respects to the 'rainbow' nation next door. Home to the Bushmen, the oldest inhabitants of southern Africa as well as to the more recently arrived Europeans, Namibia's culture and customs have absorbed both African and European elements and fused them into a blend of the two. The choral tradition brought from Germany has been adopted and modified and is one of Namibia's most vibrant art forms, while cooking in a potjie, a traditional three-legged iron pot over an open fire, is a favourite pastime of many Namibians.

The Herero and the Owambo, no longer just poorly paid migrant labourers, represent the backbone of modern Namibia. Their cousins, the Himba, still wear traditional clothing in the remote and wild Kaokoveld; they are the last nomadic, herding peoples in southern Africa. The oldest inhabitants of Namibia are the Bushmen, or San. Today, Botswana and Namibia are the last refuge of these ancient and fragile tribes, struggling to keep a sense of identity in the modern world. Namibia are the last refuge of these ancient and fragile tribes, struggling to keep a sense of identity in the modern world.

Namibia Culture and Customs: The People

Namibia Culture and Customs, Photo by Pichugin Dmitry
Basters, Caprivi, Coloureds

Experience the Culture of the people in Basters, Caprivi, and Coloureds.

Namibia Culture and Customs, Photo by Tilo G
Kavango, Nama, Owambo

Learn from the people in Kavango, Nama, and Owambo.

Namibia Culture and Customs, Photo by Mitrofanov Alexander
Damara, Herero, Himba

Vast in the customs of the people in Damara, Herero, and Himba.

Namibia Culture and Customs, Photo by Pichugin Dmitry
San, Twsana, Whites

Feel like a local in the place that is home to the people in San, Twsana, and Whites.


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