One of the highlights of a visit to Northern Namibia, specifically to Kaokaland and the Kunene, is that it offers an opportunity to see the very very beautiful Himba.
The Himba women are famous for covering themselves with “otjize”, a mixture of butter fat and ochre possibly to protect themselves from the sun. The mixture gives their skins a reddish tinge and is said to symbolise the earth’s rich red color and the blood that symbolizes life, and is consistent with the Himba ideal of beauty. The women braid each other’s hair and cover it in their ochre mixture. A visit to the gorgeous Himba is a phenomenal and humbling experience, important to find a village off the beaten track and to show them all the respect that they deserve ….