News – Culture

December 13, 2018

Kapana, Namibia’s soul food

August 10, 2018

A hitchhiker’s account of Namibia

July 18, 2018

Riemvasmakers: The Peaceful Simplicity of Life

Despite the way the Riemvasmakers found their way to Namibia, the small community thrives in the arid region west of Khoixas. Some live at Bergsig, some at Vrede, and some, like Bassons at De Riet, a small cluster of informal structures close to the Aba-Huab River. With little fencing to protect themselves or their livestock, the pre-fab church destroyed by a heavy rainstorm last year, they don't have much. But what they have been able to hold on to through all the disruption caused by the relocation, and years of living in harsh conditions is a sense of self and culture, as well as their beautiful Afrikaans mother tongue vocabulary that sets them apart from many cultural groups in the area.
July 18, 2018

My Stint as Tour Guide in Owambo

Before we went on this adventure I really hoped, prayed, that my two colleagues who have never been to the north would love Owamboland as much as I do. I wanted them to see the beauty in everything. I wanted them to be in awe of this part of THEIR Namibia. But above all I wanted them to say the four little words: WE WILL BE BACK. 
July 13, 2018

Ovambo – Life in the Slow Lane

April is a reflection. A reflection of a good rainy season. A reflection of tall, slender makalani palm trees in the crystal-clear surfaces of oshanas (meaning pans in Oshiwambo) brimming with fresh rainwater and lined with lilies. This year is no exception. And the Owambo Region in the north becomes one of the most scenic and inviting parts of the country. It beckons you to delve into its colours, flavours and vibrant liveliness. Immerse yourself in a heart-warming culture with which about half of Namibia’s population identifies. Linger off the beaten track by linking your Etosha trip with Owambo and make the most of the last days of summer.
July 4, 2018

The Story of Culture, the Captain and a Chief in the East

On a recent adventure to Nambwa Tented Lodge, I discovered a new sense of recognition for what makes a place such as this truly special. What makes it stay with you, ingrained deep in the fabric of your soul long after you’ve made your journey home?
April 25, 2018

Past and Present meet in a Windhoek Heritage Tour

Asser is one of the first specialised young Namibian heritage guides. Together with his partner Maria he set up Asmara Tours, offering cultural tours of Windhoek for visitors and locals to learn more about Namibian traditions passed down through generations.
December 20, 2017

From Rocky To Rugged: A record of the Riemvasmaker

October 3, 2017

Where to Find Great Local Art in Windhoek

Words and photos: Nina van Schalkwyk Every city has an art scene, an almost invisible world of artists who set the pace for the nation’s creativity. […]
June 1, 2015

The Owambo | People of the North

The people referred to collectively as the Aawambo live in central northern Namibia and southern Angola. In about 1550, migrations of these people, who have a […]
May 12, 2015

The Nama | Denizens of The South

Extracts from Namibia Holiday & Travel 2015 THE NAMA The only true descendants of the Khoekhoe in Namibia are the Nama, whose ancestors originally lived north […]
April 7, 2015

The San | Namibia’s Earliest Inhabitants

Compiled Sanet van Zijl The earliest known inhabitants of Namibia are the San (Bushmen), who belong to the Khoesan peoples. Generally short in stature, they have […]
March 31, 2015

Events | German Events in April

Film Screening: Home For The Weekend 9 April: 19:15 Venue: Goethe-Centre Windhoek Film screening ‘Home for the weekend (Was bleibt)‘, in German with English subtitles – […]
March 9, 2015

Events | German Events in March

Play: Die Judenbank 11 & 12 March: 15:00 / 19:30 Venue: NPS Kulturaula Swakopmund Theatre Play ‘Die Judenbank’ by Reinhold Massag (in German) – presented by […]
February 17, 2015

NEWS | Basters Celebrate Sam !Khubis Centennial

Compiled Sanet van Zijl |  Photo Marita van Rooyen On the 8th of May 1915 a historic battle took place in Namibia that it’s people still […]

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