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Otjikandero Himba Orphan Village

Kamanjab, Kamanjab, Namibia
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Exploitation both ways

You are told that the Himba people live a very authentic live and you are cautioned not to... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
knoesenm
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
Fake and expensive

We were in a group of 4 and excited to know the tribe. The cost for 1h tour was N$330 (around... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Gustavo B
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Kamanjab, Kamanjab, Namibia
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Reviewed 5 days ago

You are told that the Himba people live a very authentic live and you are cautioned not to introduce modern life to them. When you spend time here though it is clear than the women are very used to being paraded and exposed to tourists...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were in a group of 4 and excited to know the tribe. The cost for 1h tour was N$330 (around USD27) per person. The guide was kind on a rush and very objective and short answers for our questions. The Himba womens were not...More

Thank Gustavo B
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Reviewed 30 October 2017

I'd seen Himba people on video before going to Namibia so I was excited to see them up close. I was especially fascinated by how they do their hair. I was really cool seeing them in person though they looked less than thrilled being photographed...More

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Reviewed 6 September 2017

This village is very interesting and informative. It shows us how the Himda tribe live. It was unusual to learn that they do not wash and that the womaen generally don't cover their top half. We also saw ther hots made with mud that need...More

Thank Susan P
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Reviewed 5 September 2017

I make frequent (multiple times a year) trips to Namibia. I know the full backstory of how this place started. We were there the first time in 2008 - interesting and not yet commercialized. Tour guide we had was OK but the local rancher who...More

4  Thank MJM33770
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Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

On the way to Etosha-west we all pass a jewel, a living Himba village with the full unposed experience we all wanted to know about! Its easy access, friendly received, well spent ken guide and the full spectrum of their livelihood! And, its a visit...More

Thank Bokwagter
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Reviewed 27 August 2017

We were privileged to visit this village where the tribe take in orphaned Himba children and raise them in the traditional way. The local guide spoke about their use of red ochre for sun protection and insect repellant as well as the smoking of the...More

1  Thank Jennie W
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Reviewed 27 August 2017

This was an interesting place to visit to get an insight into Himba culture and lifestyle. Only downside was it appeared to be too commercial in their approach to tourism with many of the "craft items" on sale were available elsewhere and at much cheaper...More

Thank Jim M
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Reviewed 28 June 2017

There were only 3 of us who visited the orphan village, so our guide was very forthcoming with answers to all of our questions. Much like the living villages scattered around Namibia, the people you see in this one actually live in a more modern...More

1  Thank 60stevea
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Reviewed 24 April 2017

An amazing community where you will find the harmony, solidarity and social cohesion like in no other community. You will have the opportunity to witness women's cleaning ritual, maybe a wedding or a funeral ceremony. Either way you will leave with a long lasting magnificent...More

1  Thank Ionela S
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LAFRAGIA
19 September 2017|
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Response from Jennie W | Reviewed this property |
Hi. We flew into Windhoek then drove to the main camp at Etosha for a few nights - well worth it. It was about a 5hr drive. We then drive another few hours to the Village. I don't think there is an airport close by.
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Ellen S
25 May 2017|
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Response from Ionela S | Reviewed this property |
Hi, Ellen! Visiting the Village which included attending some activities (such as cooking, dance) and the tour across the village was around $30, I don't remember exactly the figure. I had the opportunity to visit it through... More
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Jan T
8 June 2016|
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Response from Beata_Saigon | Reviewed this property |
We did it via our guide. Just ask any guide or reception to get in touch with the village to arrange it. They need a day notice to prepare the visit.
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