Ruacana Falls and Himba Tribes

by Josh

Namibia!!! Our first English speaking country since Nigeria, and our first taste of “Western Civilisation” since leaving home 4 months ago. The change from Western and Central Africa is marked, with large shopping centres, familiar fast food chains, ATMs and widespread quality in infrastructure.

Since we’d made such good time through Angola, we were able to spend two days in Ruacana, a town with a waterfall that forms a border between Angola and Namibia. After the rough few days we’d had, the chance to relax and have a breather here was gratefully received. But first, it was time for me to clean out and reorganise my locker- and finding a few beers which I’d forgotten about over the weeks made it well worth the effort!

Luckily for us, we’d hit Ruacana at exactly the right time, in high season for the falls, meaning we were able to see them to their full power. Following this, we visited a traditional Himba tribe, who mostly shun modern society, living self-sufficiently in family groups with their animals. The most unique aspect of these people is the women’s tradition of painting their body and hair with red ochre to protect from the sun.

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