Cultural experiences in Namibia
Namibia is one of our favourite places for cultural experiences in Africa. Despite having one of the world's lowest population densities, we've found some of our best experiences here, and have really enjoyed the opportunity of getting to know people of a radically different cultural background.
All of the lodges we feature employ largely local people, so depending on the different areas in which you stay; you'll meet people from different tribes and cultural backgrounds. These are never set us as “cultural experiences”, but Namibia constantly allows you the opportunity to talk with local people, hearing about their background and way of life, and probably a few of their interesting stories!
To actively engage with one of Namibia's more traditional cultures, a highlight for many is a visit to a Himba settlement. These are usually guided day trips and offer sensitive insights into the interesting lifestyles of these semi-nomadic, desert-dwelling people. The visits are not only a great opportunity to witness a new and highly contrasting culture to your own, they also are beneficial for the communities you are visiting.
For us, one of Africa's very best cultural experiences has always been a longer and more involved stay in a traditional Bushman village, where you can take part in a wide range of activities with the Bushmen and learn in detail about their hunter-gatherer culture.
Twyfelfontein, Namibia's only Cultural UNESCO World Heritage Site has one of Africa's largest concentrations of ancient rock art and is well worth a visit. Easily accessed from most camps in the Southern Damaraland area, the many engraved rock faces are a fascinating insight into some of the practices of the hunter-gatherer communities that lived off this land.
Our 4 suggestions for cultural experiences in Namibia
Kunene River Camp|100% (1 review)As part of a stay in the far north you may visit a traditional Himba settlement. During your visit you get a brief insight into the traditions and culture of these semi-nomadic people and get the opportunity to wander around observing how they live. More about Kunene River Camp
Nhoma Camp|96% (35 reviews)At Nhoma Camp you're staying right by a Bushmen village. Here, the Ju/'hoan people have been a part of the camp's setup from the beginning, and benefit substantially from your visit. Time with these people offers amazing insights into a hunter-gatherer culture. More about Nhoma Camp
Okahirongo Elephant LodgeOkahirongo Elephant Lodge is an extremely remote lodge, in the northwest corner of Namibia. It’s only neighbour is the nearby Himba village where you can go on guided visits, and gain insights into the culture and everyday life of these semi-nomadic, desert-dwelling people. More about Okahirongo Ele. Lodge
Serra Cafema|95% (17 reviews)Arguably Namibia’s most remote camp, Serra Cafema offers visits to traditional Himba villages. They’re authentic experiences; off the beaten track, away from most tourists, and conducted with great sensitivity. Learn about the lifestyle and customs of these semi-nomadic people. More about Serra Cafema