Culture

Namibia is truly unique, influenced by various cultures during colonization and now reborn from the shadows of Apartheid in 1990. What has emerged is a true sense of unity in diversity, the coming together of at least 11 major ethnic groups, each celebrating their past while working together toward the future. You will notice this in dress, language, art, music, sport, food and religion. There exists a wonderful collage, but first and foremost, Namibians are proud to be Namibian. And for good reason.

Basters

  • It is believed that as early as 1652, the year of Jan van Riebeeck's landing at the Cape in South Africa, this ... click to read more

Caprivians

  • The vast majority of people who live in Caprivi are distributed along the riverbanks, alongside the major ... click to read more

Coloured

  • The origin of Coloured people in South Africa goes back to the days of early settlements at the Cape o... click to read more

Damara

  • Damara people living in Namibia and broader southern Africa have mystified anthropologists as the... click to read more

Herero

  • The Herero nation moved south into Namibia, it is thought, during the 16th century. According to thei... click to read more

Himba

  • The Himba, their skins rubbed with red ochre, have the appearance of having been forgotten by the rest of the w... click to read more

Kavango

  • This large nation of riverine people has often been described as one of the friendliest in Africa. The Kavango... click to read more

Nama

  • Nama women are highly skilled artisans, their embroidery and applique work, regarded as an art form, consist... click to read more

Owambo

  • Living mostly in the north are, eight tribes collectively known as the Owambo. The Owambo people represent almo... click to read more

San

  • The San, a small ethnic group numbering about 40,000, are more formally known as Bushmen. The largest group is ... click to read more

Tswanas

  • The smallest cultural group in Namibia is the Tswana, with ancestral links to the Tswana people in Botswana. Th... click to read more

Whites

  • The first European descendant to take up permanent residence in Namibia is believed to have been Guilliam Visag... click to read more