Otjikandero Himba Orphan Village

Otjikandero Himba Orphan Village

Otjikandero Himba Orphan Village
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AndrejaKo
Maribor, Slovenia1,043 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
we were warned this area is mostly showroom, tourist trap, if you will.
our group did go to himba village, with a guide, near Okongwati. still it was one of my least favorite things from the trip. i felt like we are intruders, and people are displays. photographers in our group were especially annoying with their hunt for the perfect frame of the locals.
Written 10 April 2022
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Robert D
Heers, Belgium177 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
This was a bit of a disappointing experience. Our “local” Himba guide was waiting for us at the entrance. From there she directed us to the “village”. When you arrive, you see a few Himba women walking around and then bit by bit they come out of their “house”. Then they learn you how to great each other in their culture. Then they explain you why they use the red material on your body, you can visit another house …. Moreover, that is basically it. Then they all run away because they all want to show you / sell you their souvenirs. If you do not buy, they have a bowl for donation.
That is it. It took about 45 minutes. You see / feel that it is a fake …. Made for tourists. There is nothing genuine about it.
Written 12 October 2019
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sueellen2
Stansbury, Australia579 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Couples
Our Jenman tour group of 12 visited the Himba village as part of our tour and I must say there were mixed views. The visit did give us some insight in to traditional customs and our guide was informative. A group of kids met us at the entrance some clothed, some in traditional dress looking very excited to see us. We arrived bearing gifts of groceries. The women were insistent on showing us how they greet with the three positioned hand action which came in very handy to slip a bracelet on you when it came to selling their crafts later on. Parts of this tour were interesting but one did get the feeling the women weren't that happy about being there and for this reason it felt a bit intrusive. We all said we got more satisfaction out of going to real child care centres, kindergartens and schools in poor areas and giving stationary & other learning aids.
Written 4 March 2019
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Marie5466
Guanajuato Municipality, Mexico1,102 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Friends
Hope that after getting so many negative reviews people will eventually stay away from this place. It is not a true village (only a few women and kids). Where are the other generations like the elders and the shamans, and others? It is just an amalgam of a few people pretending to be a village and collecting money in the process. When I was there, the place was littered with plastic bags, bottles, and other garbage. The kids would get mad at you if you didn't follow them to where they sold jewelry, etc. They tour was for 30-45 minutes, I left after less than 10 as it was so pathetic. Please don't support such a hoax.
Written 19 January 2019
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worldtraveller046
Nijmegen, The Netherlands229 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Couples
We had some doubts after reading some reviews but still decided to go. Cost pp ND 350, but after some discussion reduced to ND 250. Several larger tour group, we had to join a French group. Excellent English explanation re. culture/traditions by good guide Mario, However everything had to be translated in French with difficulty, taking a lot of time. We left before end of tour due to irritation re.behaving tour group. Still an interesting experience but visits made a very commercial issue a.o. by some tour groups/operators. Example: each tourist shaking hands and trying to say hello to every lady met.
Written 26 September 2018
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harte
Durban, South Africa163 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Family
This place is just a tourist trap. The people are purely on show and look most disgruntled about it all. Would give this place a miss
Written 20 July 2018
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knoesenm
Cape Town Central, South Africa690 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Solo
You are told that the Himba people live a very authentic live and you are cautioned not to introduce modern life to them. When you spend time here though it is clear than the women are very used to being paraded and exposed to tourists who take close up photos of them.

The longer you stay, the more of the tribe arrives and it is plain that they are very exposed to modern items. Some even have cell phones and modern shoes.
Written 14 June 2018
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Gustavo B
38 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Friends
We were in a group of 4 and excited to know the tribe. The cost for 1h tour was N$330 (around USD27) per person. The guide was kind on a rush and very objective and short answers for our questions. The Himba womens were not interested in interact or even smile, they just want to sell some average souvenirs.
Probably you can find a better place to understand and interact with Himbas, here they seemed tired of tourists.
Written 9 June 2018
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trav226
New York City, NY656 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Friends
I'd seen Himba people on video before going to Namibia so I was excited to see them up close. I was especially fascinated by how they do their hair. I was really cool seeing them in person though they looked less than thrilled being photographed and the number of tourists was ridiculous. The guides were really mediocre; not much in the way of explanation and our group's Namibia guide had to tell the Himba village guide more than once to pay attention to our small group and get on with it. Why should we have to wait for a bus load of other tourists?

The items for sale are nothing you can't find elsewhere so I skipped that. If you like kids you're in luck, they seem especially fascinated by cell phones and water bottles.
Written 30 October 2017
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Susan P
Alfreton, UK328 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017
This village is very interesting and informative. It shows us how the Himda tribe live. It was unusual to learn that they do not wash and that the womaen generally don't cover their top half. We also saw ther hots made with mud that need to be recoated with mud regularly. We learnt that most of the work in the village was done by the women and the cattle we looked after by the children.
Written 6 September 2017
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