The population in Namibia is sparse with less than 2 people per km². The Owambo is the biggest group and lives in central-north of Namibia. They practice a mixed economy of agriculture and animal husbandry, dressmaking, woodcarving, pottery and basketry.

Namibia - Herero

The Kavango people live along the 400 kilometre long river (Okavango) at the border with Angola, making their living from fishing, tending cattle and cultivating sorghum, millet and maize.

In the Caprivi area live the Caprivians and in the region of Omaheke the Hereroare present, a proudtribe of which the women are still wearing colourful Victorian dresses.

Namibia - Himba

An ancient tribe of semi-nomadic pastoralists, the Himbalive in scattered settlements throughout the Kunene region. The women are noted for their unusual sculptural beauty, enhanced by intricate hairstyles and traditional adornments.



The Damara, one of the oldest cultural groups in the country, living in the Erongo region. They cultivate corn and vegetables, while livestock production has also become an important source of income.

The only direct descendants of the original Khoikoi tribe in Namibië are the Nama, living in the regions Karas and Hardap. They are known for their musical talent and poetry.

In 1868 the Basters moved to Namibia from the Cape, where they finally settled at the hot-water springs called Rehoboth.
The Bushmen or San people, hunter-gatherers, occupy the remote areas in eastern Namibia and Kalahari. They are great storytellers, and express themselves eloquently in music, mimicry and dance.

Roughly 100,000 White Namibians of European descent currently live in Namibia.

Namibia - San Bushmen