Opuwo Country Lodge
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TravelPod Member ReviewsOpuwo Country Lodge
By far the best place we have stayed on our Namibian trek.
Fantastic location overlooking the valley, infinity pool, and great dining room.
Rooms in blocks of 4 or 6 and we had room 40 right at the end - quite private
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We picked up a Himba guide who spoke English and no longer lived in the traditional way of the Himba. He took us to a small family village where we spent a couple of hours meeting the Himba and learning about their lives. It was an eye-opening experience. Our guidebook had this to say about the Himba:
"Unlike many indigenous groups in Africa, the Himba have managed to maintain much of their traditional lifestyle, perhaps owing to the fact that the land they occupy ...
... to graze their cattle and goats. Number two wife of the village chief was the temporary head of the village with the others away. We saw them crushing ochre, braiding hair and chatting away, while the kids played with wire and sticks in the dust. Girls from the neighbouring village of tribal Zemba were visiting - with no ochre, hair in black braids and coloured beads. We were invited into the house of number two wife ...
... they wanted to know if we had any meat, actually we have hardly any food until we get to the supermarket! He waved us on. The cars coming the other way were being sprayed with chemicals around the wheels and underneath. We had been warned, that at the half way mark, the main road was closed and we would have to take a dirt road only suitable for 4x4's. Just at the turn off was a small village, we stopped for bread, unfortunately the baker ...
... proceed. Sometimes these tourist visits feel fake and a little rehearsed.
One of the things you notice as you leave the lodge is how much security is happening around you. There is a tall electric fence that surrounds the property. Security at the large gates you have to enter on arriving. We have a security man maintaining a presence over night around the campsite.
In town we are met by a modern Himba man called 'Marty' for us tourists. He ...
... got a photo. I think it is better to support a community that is running a business making these lovely dolls and necklaces. Great care has gone into them and the colours are bright and pleasing.
After going through a few of these you can't help but feel it's a little sad because they try and trick you and are not very friendly. When on these tours you can sometimes feel like cash cows. People are always trying to make a buck out of you and ...