A Village Visit in Namibia

A very memorable village visit in Africa was the Ju/Hoansi-San Village (San Bushmen) in Namibia.   The San Bushmen are indigenous people of southern Africa which spans parts of South Africa, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Mozambique, Swaziland, Botswana, Namibia, and Angola.  Traditionally they were hunter-gatherers.

Have you ever seen the movie, The Gods Must Be Crazy?  It is about a traveling bushman that encounters modern civilization.  I was quite excited to see the culture up close.  Many of the villagers wore little to no clothing. I was a bit uncomfortable in the beginning, but afterwards, I found it quite beautiful-freedom of expression.  The Khoisan language consisted of clicking noises-quite amazing as I could not tell the difference between the clicks.

We walked through the village with our guide, Erasmus.  He showed us how they made fire, how they hunted with a bow and arrow, and how they gathered fruits.  It was an amazing photographic journey. Here are some of my favorite pictures of the San Bushmen tribe.


About Jan

In 2004 and 2010, I set aside time to travel the world in 3 parts. In 2004, I traveled to Thailand, Europe, and Pacific Northwest region of the U.S. In 2010, I traveled to 3 continents: Asia, South America, and Africa. I am not sure if I have a fascination with the number 3, but I seem to be constantly traveling by numbers.
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2 Responses to A Village Visit in Namibia

  1. Benita says:

    Jan, these pictures are beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. Jo naismith says:

    What fantastic photos Jan. I wish I had gone through Namibia when I had the chance. It sounds like it was a unique experience. Congratulations on the photos -they tell an intriguing story.

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