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Cultural Groups

Namibia’s people are diverse, ranging from the pastoral Ovahimba in the north-west to the San in the east. The major population groups are the Aawambo, which consists of eight cultural groups, the Kavango consisting of five cultural groups, the Damara, Nama and Ovaherero. Smaller groups include the Mafwe and Masubia of Zambezi, the Basters, San, Coloured, Tswana and Whites of European descent. Each of the varied cultural groups has its unique traditions and cultural traits that contribute to the richness of Namibia’s cultural heritage and identity. Due to this diversity, English is the chosen official language for ease of communication.

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