So, we have come to Kamanjab. And we’re at this gas station to refuel. The landscape
has changed dramatically. It’s now that I can actually see
the real desert land, with some of these palm trees,
and everything! And there are more campers here
who are driving… so, of course this place,
as I have already mentioned before, is pretty famous for… coming in–
coming in your own camper van. So, on the way I found this
really nice diner over here where I am going to grab some food. It’s called Melissa’s… Melissa’s Guesthouse!
Yeah, it’s called Melissa’s Guesthouse and over here I am eating some
smoked salmon salad. I love salmon, so… Okay, guys!
So, we’re in Opuwo. And we’re staying at
the Opuwo Lodge today. And, wow!
This place is amazing! There’s a pool here
and I so want to take a dip. But it’s going to get colder
because the sun is setting. Beautiful, isn’t it? And the sunset is so pretty! Good morning, guys! Last night, I stayed at the Opuwo Lodge
instead of camping. Although, it is supposed to be
majorly, a camping trip. But, in between,
one can stay at a few lodges. It actually paces out
the trip a little bit. And Opuwo Lodge in the morning;
as soon as I woke up, is absolutely stunning!
Like, look at all of this! Right now, we’re on our way
to meet the Himba Tribe. So, I am leaving on a tour right now. It starts at 8:00.
It’s about 7:45. So, I can tell already that
it’s going to be a great day! -Ismail.
-Hi! -Nice to meet you.
-Nice to meet you. About 100 mm of rainfall a year. Which is nothing. In that case, imagine the
situation of people like Himba who are farmers,
and they suffer quite a lot. These are the Himba kids,
but those ones, they go to school. -This is the village we’re going to?
-Perivi. -Peri nawa.
-Peri nawa. -Peri nawa?
-Peri nawa. Peri nawa! -“Moro-Moro” is good morning.
-Moro-Moro. -“Perivi”: How are you?
-Okay. -“Peri nawa”: I am fine.
-Peri nawa. -That’s the typical way to greet.
-Peri nawa, okay. So, this is the main hut? Yeah, the main hut is right here.
It’s for the chief. Okay. You cannot just cross like this. Between the main head hut
and the holy fire place. You see, the holy fire is the place
where they make connections… with the spirit of their ancestors. The Himba have their own religion. They are not Christian,
except a few. So, now I am here at
a Himba village and in this village… Well, this is the first time
I am meeting a Himba tribal. So, from the resorts… -Moro-Moro.
-Nawa. Guys, this is literally the first time
I’m meeting a Himba tribal and this is quite a precious moment. I didn’t know how to behave, how to act… So, the Himba Tribe is one of the
very famous tribes in Namibia. And the tribe is especially known for their traditional clothing, jewellery,
and their way of life. So, we’re here, at their village,
to understand their way of life. And we also have an interpreter with us who understands the tribe’s language because we don’t have a common
language to communicate with them. Moro-Moro. -Moro-Moro.
-Perivi? Perina… -Peri nawa.
-Peri nawa! Moro-Moro. -Moro-Moro.
-Moro-Moro. Moro-Moro. Perini? -Uh, perivi?
-Peri nawa. Peri nawa! Perivi? -Peri nawa.
-Peri nawa. Perivi, peri nawa! What is your name? Oh, name! Tanya. Tanya. -Tanya!
-Name? -I am Teresa.
-Perivi? Peri nawa. So, this here is the ochre stone which
is getting crushed at the moment. And this stone is basically
mixed with milk or milk cream and applied to the skin
to make the skin smooth, and also as a form of sun protection. So, this is the one thing that
the Himba Tribe is famous for. So, I am sitting here with
the chief’s wife of this village, and we’re going to ask her a few
questions about this age-old tradition of applying ochre stone to their skin. So, I want to ask her,
where do they get this ochre from? They get it from the mountains,
there are some mountains… -in the north side of the country,
-Yeah. where such colour stones are found. But it can’t be found on every mountain,
or in every village. Some people who settle over that side bring it to Opuwo. So, they collect the stones
and sell it to them? And sell it to them, yes. -Can I touch it?
-Yes, you can. So, this what we see on the hair
is also ochre? Yes, it’s ochre. It’s quite like the original hairstyle,
from here up to here, halfway. -Yeah.
-And the last part is extensions. And what is this on the top? -Erembe.
-Erembe? Erembe is a sign of respect.
When a lady grows up (hits puberty) the braided hairstyle changes
to a grown-up hairstyle. After a year of marriage or giving birth she has to apply Erembe. -Thank you.
-Okuhepa is the “thank you” word. -Okuhepa.
-Okuhepa. Mom, I am holding a baby. Actually, I generally don’t hold babies. So, this is quite different for me. And coming here and holding a baby is… a different experience altogether. And I’m here with this
very beautiful lady. You’re very beautiful. You’re beautiful. -Beautiful?
-Yeah. So, now I have
the second chief’s wife with me. And I’ll ask her a few questions as well. So, Ismail, I wanted to ask her
that for how long has she been participating in this ritual
of applying the cream… the traditional cream,
and how does it help her skin? [speaking Otjihimba] Okay, what she says is,
it helps her skin like, for smoothing it,
for soft skin. -Okay.
-It’s like taking a shower. Except, she doesn’t have to take one. -That’s a way of cleaning.
-Cleaning, yeah. Because it smoothes the
skin all by itself. -Okay.
-And it is also used for beauty. -Beauty.
-For looking good. So, can I touch her skin?
Can you ask her permission? -Yeah?
-Yes. Oh! Very soft. -She says you’re beautiful.
-Thank you. -You’re beautiful.
-Okuhepa. Okuhepa. Can I tell her that she’s beautiful? -You have to say it in her language.
-Her language? Now, we’re inside a house. A proper Himba house. The Himba people manage to sleep
on animal skin, on cow skin -Okay.
-You can see they use it as mattresses. -They also make fire inside.
-Inside the house, for keeping warm. -In the middle…
-In the middle of the hut. So, is this house made with wood? The Himba huts are made of cow dung. -Cow dung and?
-Mixed with water. -Also, Mopani wood.
-Mopani wood is used. So, in this house, we were shown how the Himba ladies get ready applying
the cream and ochre mixture, perfuming their clothes… And if you notice that since
there is a scarcity of water all their methods
of cleaning, of clothing… Everything is done in a way,
that conserves water. They use more fat and leather. And if they want to clean their clothes, they do it with smoke. To make their skin smell good… they burn perfume. Like, there’s this type of a leaf,
sorry, twigs… The Himba people collect
some special branches… And burn them to generate perfume. Later, I tried their headgear
to see how it looked on me and the lady was very sweet, honestly. After that, all the Himbas
gathered together and set up a marketplace. So that we can buy some things from them. For example, they earn money by
selling their handicrafts. So, they set up a market
and we bought some handicrafts. I bought myself some bracelets. The tourists that came along with me
clicked pictures with them. Actually, I won’t lie, I also
clicked some pictures with them. After that, we left from
the village and this was our experience
at the Himba Village. But, there’s something very meaningful
we can take away from this experience. You know, the Himba Tribe
and their ancestors have been trying to perfect the
art of living with minimal water for the past 500 years. We tend to take water for granted
and never appreciate it. And there are people who don’t
even have enough water to bathe. I don’t know when “the problem of plenty,
the problem of very little” will end in our world. But I hope that we never stop trying to identify with other people,
understand them and respect them. Okay, so, we just got back
from a Himba village and we’re at a petrol pump.
But… there are too many women
who are trying to… No, I want to return it. Who are trying to sell these bracelets. And I trying not to buy them
because I don’t need them, but… They just dropped them from the window. And I want to return them now.
I didn’t even pay for them. This is really weird.