Katenda Himba Village
Toko Lodge is proud to introduce the newly relocated Katenda Himba Village situated a few hundred metres from the lodge. The word Katenda means "Gold" in the native language. Jürgen Göthje, owner of Farm Rustig, has been given the name Katenda, because of the piece of gold in his tooth. After 20 years this name "Katenda" is called out when the Himba's greet him. You will now also have the opportunity to have an insight into this truly amazing nomadic tribe and it's traditional rituals. During this Himba village tour you'll meet one of these traditional groups in Namibia in a very informal, easygoing way. The nomadic cattle herders, the Ovahimba people or 'Himbas', will show you around their village. a collection of huts made of branches, mud and cow dung.
The Himba are a striking people to look at. The women are topless and wear mini-skirts made of goat skins adorned with shells and jewellery made of iron and copper. The men wear goatskin loin cloths. Both men and women smear their skin with a mixture of rancid butter, ash and ochre to protect them from the harsh desert climate. The paste (Otjize) is often mixed with the aromatic resin of the Omuzumba shrub, a little like adding perfume to a suntan lotion. As well as protection from the sun, the deep red colour is a highly desirable look in the Himba culture. It is certainly eye-catching and very beautiful. The Himba use the same paste (Otjize) in their hair which is long and plaited into intricate designs.
The jewelry worn by the Himba is made of shells and metals and the women in particular, wear plenty of it. For the most part, the modern world hasn't yet intruded on their traditional way of life which is why (ironically) more and more tourists are keen to visit the Himba. That is not to say that the Himba are a relic of the past, no tribe on earth lives in a time capsule. But rather, they have held on to their traditions and adapted to outside influences in their own way. We have created a opportunity to show and share this fascinating life.
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