The SA-Nam News blog shared the photographs and insight into a visit to a Himba village with Okahironga Lodge and the connection between the lodge and the tribe.
Namibia: The Himba Experience at Okahirongo photo gallery
Okahirongo operate in two very beautiful parts of the Kaokoveld, one being Puros, a small village town where many Himba people live and go to school.
The relationships between Okahirongo and the Himba tribes are very important to them and they are involved with many school projects to help better the way education is delivered to the Himba children in Puros.
Okahirongo encourage guests to learn about this interesting tribe during their stay with one of the activities on offer.
The Lodge not only offers financial contribution to the Himba Tribes but also also assist with water deliveries to further villages that are not easily accessible.
Make sure to enquire about The Himba experience when making your booking at Okahirongo.
Source: SA-Nam News blog
Members of an extended Himba tribe family typically dwell in a homestead, “a small, circular hamlet of huts and work shelters” that surrounds “an okuruwo (ancestral fire) and a central livestock enclosure.” Both the fire and the livestock are closely tied to their belief in ancestor worship, the fire representing ancestral protection and the livestock allowing “proper relations between human and ancestors.
The Himba wear little clothing, but the women are famous for covering themselves with otjize, a mixture of butter fat and ochre, possibly to protect themselves from the sun. The mixture gives their skins a reddish tinge. This symbolizes earth’s rich red color and the blood that symbolizes life, and is consistent with the Himba ideal of beauty. Women braid each other’s hair that they extend with plastic hair that they usually have to purchase, and cover it except the ends, in their ochre mixture.
Traditionally both men and women go topless and wear skirts or loincloths made of animal skins in various colors.
Set, proudly on a hill above the banks of the l Hoarusib River, Okahirongo Elephant Lodge is a refuge from all things hectic. Enjoy safari activities, relaxation at the infinity pool or read in one of the African chic open air lounges. The menus you can expect are made up of Italian-Namibian fusion food and South African wines.
Each of the seven luxury units is a room with a view looking out over thewilderness. En suite bathrooms and a private gazebo with day beds and cushions are just some of the gorgeous extras.
Seclusion, wilderness and an opportunity to expand your cultural knowledge awaits you there.
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