A day with the Batswana people of Namibia

7th of December 2015 11:00

The Batwana People of Namibia By Martha Kamkuemah “You say dumela mmewhen greeting the women,” says Gertrude. Gertrude is my local tour guide. She will be showing me around her village called Metsweding. “To greet the men you say dumela ntate. Just say gosiameto say goodbye.Gosiamealso means okay. Later I’ll show you around the village. And in the evening you can meet the other villagers.” I am intrigued by her language a


Can we dance for you?

16th of November 2015 09:23

A day with the San community By: Martha Kamkuemah "Can we do a dance for you?" asks Theresia, an elder in the small San community we are visiting. I say yes. The women start to chant and clap while the men and children dance around them. Theresia and her clan are Naro, a San tribe that occupies parts of the Omaheke Region. That afternoon my tour guide from Uakii Wilderness Survival had brought me to Zelda Guest Farm situate


Exploring South Eastern Namibia

2nd of November 2015 07:52

Exploring South Eastern Namibia By: Martha Kamkuemah There is a saying in a local language that loosely translates to, "You don't travel, you don't see". I began my 7-day tour of south eastern Namibia with stopover in the town of Gobabis. I learned there is more to this town famous for its cattle. The word Gobabis has two meanings. Gobabis is a Khoe-Khoe Gowab word. Linguistic proponents and oral traditions say that Gobabis is


Opuwo and the Himbas - a metaphor for balance

19th of October 2015 08:43

OPUWO – a metaphor for balance Opuwo is a beautiful and complex metaphor for how what is perceived as modern, and that which is seen as purely traditional, could live in harmony. In this capital of Namibia’s Kunene Region, the OvaHimba people – whether dressed in their cultural attire or in the Western apparel now seen as the norm – are completely at home. In Opuwo, you walk the streets of this small town of


Olukonda – an intersection of culture and religion…past and present

1st of October 2015 10:25

Olukonda – an intersection of culture and religion…past and present By: Nangula Shejavali It’s easy to take for granted the nuances of one’s own culture, when we don’t stop to think and learn about the traditions, practices and history – whether our own or imported – that shape our human experience. Today, at the Nakambale museum and Olukonda village, I had the chance to contemplate these things. Loca


The Etosha Magic

24th of September 2015 02:06

Etosha delivers amazement…yet again! By: Nangula Shejavali The past two days in Etosha have been glorious! Despite the scorching summer heat (though it’s only the start of the Spring season) and the arid conditions that currently characterize this vast national park of over 23,000 square km, the animals came out to play. And this made me incredibly happy! After paying our dues (N$30 for Namibians, N$60 for SADC


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