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24 | AUDLEY TRAVELLER | www.audley.co.uk/namibiaAFRICA OTOGRAPHY . Grandmother's smileVisi ng a remote San bushman  ibe near Groo ontein was one of the highlights of my  ip. I went on a bush walk learning about the medicinal uses of plants and how to  nd water in the middle of the desert. Back at the village, the San elder showed me how to make  re and taught me to make a bow and arrow, followed by my humilia ngly failed a empts to shoot the arrow at a target! One of the ladies in the village was instantly welcoming with her warm smile, and wonderfully wrinkled skin. She sat telling stories about her children and grandchildren, and seemed to genuinely enjoy learning about my family too. On her recent trip to Namibia, Africa regional manager Katie Fewkes spent time with two very different tribes - the Himba and San bushmen - and learned about their traditionsTribes of Namibia?> DIGITAL DISPATCHES2From Kenya's Samburu and Maasai tribes to South Africa's Zulus: read more about Africa's fascinating cultures: www.audley.co.uk/traveller/spring2013WEB PLUS3. Young Himba boyI had been to Namibia before, but my previous adventures only showed me the wildlife and landscapes of this spectacular coun y. So when I had the chance to spend an a ernoon in a Himba village, I was delighted. My guide helped  anslate the many ques ons that the Himba had for me, and in return I asked to learn more about their  adi ons. is boy had his hair split into two braids, meaning both of his parents were s ll living. I really liked his quiet con dence that came through in this por ait as he glanced at me sideways with a slight air of suspicion. 2. Sisterly affectionDuring my visit with a Himba clan, I cha ed with this family.  e mother was busy cooking up a kind of porridge on the  re (seen  om the smoke in the background) but the eldest sister was keen to see a photo with her younger siblings on my digital SLR.  e men of this village were away grazing their goat herds, so I only met the women and children.As is  pical of many A ican villages, regardless of  ibe, the mothers and grandmothers spend much of their  me tending crops, looking a er livestock and cooking food for their families.  e result is that the eldest siblings o en assume responsibili for looking a er their younger sisters and brothers, keeping them safe while their parents are busy.

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