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Many traditional modes of dress have all but disappeared in Namibia. But, the Herero dress is still worn proudly by women in the Herero tribe(s). These dresses are generally hand-made by the Herero women, and are an important part of a young lady's "coming of age". It is considered a privilege to be allowed to put on and wear the Herero dress.
The hat is supposed to symbolize the horns of the cape buffalo, one of the mightiest animals of southern Africa. The sleeves are designed to billow like an elephant's trunk.
Although you sometimes see this type of dress made out of multi-colored cloth, we were told that true Herero dress is made from a single type and color of cloth. We were told that the Herero consider the patchwork types found in other parts of Namibia to be the equivalent of "hobo garb".
Most Herero men seldom wear ceremonial or tribal dress, as their jobs force them to behave in a "western manner". However, the women maintain the tradition, both encouraged and expected to by their menfolk. As it was pointed out many times, southern Africa is still very much a society defined by men.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Dried mopane worms can be eaten raw as a crisp snack. Mopane worms can also be soaked to rehydrate, before frying until crunchy or cooking with onion, tomatoes and spices and serving with sadza. The flesh is yellow, and the gut may still contain fragments of dried leaf, which is not harmful to humans. I didn't personally eat one but I was told that they are very salty!
Locals are selling them on the side of the road all over Namibia. You can buy a newspaper cone of them on the side of the road for about N$6
Written Jun 17, 2010
Many campsites, motels and holiday ranches have big metal gates you must open before you can drive your car though. Please always shut and latch them behind you. They not only keep livestock and wild animals in – they keep them out. One of the places they keep them out of is the road you were just driving down. It also helps keep down the spread of Foot & Mouth Disease. Also remember to make sure the gate won’t swing back and hit your car as you drive through!
Updated Jul 31, 2008
See all the cows on the side of the road? Yep, they would be a real danger, day or night, for drivers. Except in this case they are being managed quite well by a good herdsman. That’s the guy holding the red flag to wave at YOU to slow down so he can cross the road sometimes. His cows are contained at night and are not a danger to road users. Nice man.
The biggest question I have is whether the Red Flag he has is a smart choice if he has any bulls. They may take this flag waving to mean “Go ahead and gore me!”
By the way there are the inconsiderate cow owners who help spread foot & mouth disease, cause carnage on the roads and generally wonder where their cows are. Idiots.
Updated Jul 31, 2008
If you are driving across the sometimes barren interior of Namibia, you will come across checkpoints with gates across the road. They are Veterinary Disease Checkpoints. They were put in place to prevent the transport of livestock that have (or could have) Foot & Mouth Disease. You have to stop and check in. Some say Police checkpoint, but are usually manned by other government workers. Just be polite and friendly and you will soon be on your way. The gates to the Skelton Coast Park double as such a checkpoint.
Updated Jul 31, 2008
A Sundowner is a delightful expression used across Southern Africa to describe having and adult beverage at sun down. Of course it can be any time, but the best time to do so is at sunset watching a beautiful African sky. This can be enjoyed anywhere. All you need is: You, a few friends (optional but preferred), a drink and nature.
Please have a look at some sundowner pictures taken here.
Written Jun 22, 2008
An amazing fact that I did not know until I want inside the National Museum of Namibia in Windhoek. Despite its history as a German Colony, the official language of government and the legal system is English. This is enshrined in Article 3 of the Preamble of the Constitution (pictured). People are, of course, allowed to practice any language they wish in Namibia. German and Afrikaans is still widely spoken and more than 20 tribal languages still thrive here.
If you would like to know more about the exciting exhibits at the National Museum of Namibia, please see my ‘Things to Do’ tips on this page.
Updated Apr 27, 2008
Why do they call it the Skeleton Coast? The vast majority of the Namibian coast is a graveyard of animals and sailors over hundreds of years. The coast suffers form foggy weather that hides rocky and sandy shallows. There is no water source for many miles inland. No trees, no shade, no food and no shelter. Because of the barren nature of the coast, any shipwrecked sailors were doomed to die of thirst and exposure. The lack of any sustainable resources also meant there were no lighthouses or warning beacons. So year after year ships ran into hidden dangers and die horrible prolong deaths.
Have a good look at the pictures and take plenty of water and fuel in your vehicle!
Updated Jan 13, 2008
Electricity in Namibia is 220 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. They use the round, South African pins. So if you are from Western Europe, you need an adapter. If you are from North America, you need a converter or your electrical item will blow up.
Written Jan 6, 2008
Well, of course, what else did you expected? Namibia is traditionaly country of good beer and the Windhoek Lager was my favourite local beer, I could find it almost anywhere, in restaurants, shops and most important, is camping sites, after all day on the road in the desert, there is nothing better then a cold beer and watching the sun set over the dunes.
Written Nov 16, 2006
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