Oase Garni Guest House
Accommodation in Damaraland - Namibia
This is a small, friendly guest house located directly in Kamanjab, and is the only establishment actually in that town. It is the perfect base for Himba tours, and is also an ideal location before heading on up to Epupa Falls.
Facilities at Oase Garni Guest House include a restaurant and bar, lounge, swimming pool and Internet connection. There is a TV in the sitting room.
Accommodation is in a combination of:
- Single Rooms: 10 Single Rooms are equipped with en-suite bathrooms, air-conditioning, a fan, a tea/coffee station and an in-room safe. Although there are no mosquito nets, insect sprays and repellents are provided.
- Double Rooms: Double Rooms have twin beds and similar facilities to the Single Rooms.
- Family Room: The Family Room has bed space for 2 adults and 2 children with similar facilities to the Single/Double Rooms.
Activities centre around a trip to a Himba village, situated some 20kms outside of the town. This has to be done by self-drive means, (a map will be provided) and trips will be met by Jaco, who lives in the village. These guided tours give an in-depth insight into the life and ways of the last traditional tribe in Namibia, the Ova-Himba.
Visitors will experience a milking ceremony, smoke bath, as well as receive information on the beliefs concerning holy fire, their ancestors and herbal medicine. Not public knowledge is that items of jewelery and hairstyles, indicate the status of each tribe member. Learn about their close relationship with nature, cattle and their family cultures and traditions. It is an amazing photographic opportunity.
Income generated from these excursions, supports the day to day existence of the tribe. It helps pay for food, general supplies, medicine, and taking care of the children adopted by owner Jaco from various families who are unable to support them. Books and clothing & uniforms for school, that many people take for granted in their own countries, are provided for these children, by this extra money.
Jaco asks that guests respect the lives and ways of the Himba in their environment, as they would of others. Visitors are helping preserve the culture and traditions of the tribe.
Other areas of interest include a sundowner trip, game drives and a visit to some rock engravings.
- Visit a Himba Village
- drive yourself the 20km to the village where you are met by Jaco, who lives in the village. This guided tour gives an in-depth insight into the life and ways of the Ova-Himba people
- Peet Albertís Rock Engravings
- Situated some 5km from the town of Kamanjab is an interesting rock engraving site, believed to be more than 2,000 years old. Around 1,500 paintings were discovered in the area which has been declared a national monument.
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