9 Cultural Tourfrom
Learn more about Namibia on this tour
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Vacation Style Holiday TypeCulture
Activity Level Leisurely
Group Size Large Group
Namibia was colonized by Germany and South Africa and was named Südwestafrika or South West Africa. Those who opposed colonial rule preferred Namibia, from a Nama/Damara word meaning “shield” used for the coastal desert, the Namib, which long protected the interior from access by sea. During the colonial period, many indigenous peoples were dispossessed of their lands and relegated to reserves established for each ethnic group. The emphasis on ethnicity was opposed by growing nationalist sentiment, and Namibia became a unitary nation-state when it gained independence in 1990.
Despite the small population, there is great linguistic variety. Most Namibians speak Bantu languages like Oshiwambo and Otjiherero as their first language. Others speak Khoisan languages (Nama/Damara and various Bushman languages), while a smaller percentage are native speakers of Indo-European languages like Afrikaans and English. Afrikaans was promoted as a language of wider communication before independence and is still widely spoken in southern and central Namibia. At independence, English was chosen as the primary language for government and education because it was not associated with any particular ethnicity and could facilitate interaction with the outside world. Urban dwellers, young people, and northerners are more likely to have learned it.
Damara living Mesuem
Arrive at Hosea Kutako international airport where you will be collected by a guide.
Accommodation: Windhoek Garden
Windhoek, Naakuse Sanctuary, City & Township Tour
The Naankuse Foundation Wildlife Sanctuary provides a safe haven and second chance for countless injured, orphaned and conflict animals. Wherever possible our aim is to release animals back into the wild. This morning will spend a half day
Hunting with San Bushmen and learning more about their culture.
We drive back to windhoek where will have our lunch and start our City & township tour which will last for 3 hours. We will be visiting, Christ Church, Ink Palace and Parliament Gardens. We then head to the township where 60% of the local people stay in Windhoek, very different environment and housing. We will finish off the @Penduka. Penduka brings hope and helps the women to get self-confidence through training, income generating activities: like storytelling embroidery, African batik, glass recycling-jewelry making, story telling potter y, exchange visits, making use of natural resources, show benefits of recycling and how to live in harmony with nature: small scale farming, doorstep gardens, water recycling, solar boxes.
Accommodation: Windhoek Gardens
This morning will be driving to damaraland our destination today is Spitzkoppe. Upon arriving you will do hike with a local guide to see the bushmen painting. This is a good place for night photography for stars, will be surrounded by granite hills with a beautiful clear sky.
Accommodation: Spitzkope Tented Camp
Twyfelfontein Country Lodge (1night)
An early start today as we head deep in damaraland. Today we will visitto the damara living museum and Twyfelfontein. Twyfelfontein is famous because of its many rock paintings and rock engravings (Petroglyphs) of the San (Bushmen) of which 2500 were counted. Specifications about the age of the engravings fluctuate and a period of 1000 – 10000 years is stated. Remarkable is that the engravings were made without the use of metal tools.
Accommodation: Twyfelfontein Lodge
5 Opuwo (2nights)
We say good bye to damaraland as we proceed with our advanture into Kaokoland. The Himba people are independent people and are the last nomads of Namibia. The Himba people are the forefathers of the modern Herero and entered northern Namibia during the 15th / 16th century from Angola.
Accommodation: Opuwo County Lodge
Today we are driving to a village which is closer to Opuwo to visiting the local people and learn more our their unique culture. NB this activity will be done by a local guide from Opuwo.
Head back to our accommodation for lunch and enjoy the pool and a sunset on top of a hill.
Accommodation: Opuwo County Lodge
Waterberg (1 night)
Another early start today we are going to Waterberg.
Thousands were killed by the pursuing Germans and many lost their lives in the Kalahari Desert due to lack of food and water. Estimates are that nearly two-thirds of the Herero population lost their lives during this period. The graves of German soldiers who lost their lives at Waterberg can still be viewed near the waterberg rest camp at the base of the park. This makes this place a historical place to visit.
A leisure start followed by a morning hike in the water berg mountain. We drive to windhoek in the afternoon.
Airport Hosea Kutako
Collected from your lodge and transferred to the airport.
Spitzkope Tented Camp
Opuwo County Lodge