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i-con2Ethnic Groups in Namibia : Kavango

About 170.000 Kavangos settle east of the former Ovamboland at the southern banks of the Okavango river. A large part of them came from Angola. The Kavango also live on agriculture and a bit of cattle breeding and fishing. They are excellent wood craftsmen and have a language of their own. Rundu is their centre.

Most of the Kavango people came in the middle of the 18th century from Angola to Namibia and drove the San away who lived in this area until then.


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Ethnic groups in Namibia Nama Rehoboth Baster Herero San (Bushmen) Damara Caprivians Kavango Ovambo Himba
The five different Kavango tribes are part of the Bantu-speaking peoples. They have their own language with various dialects.

Just like the Ovambo, the Kavango also live on agriculture and a bit of cattle breeding and fishing. They are excellent wood carvers.



Photo: Kavango family selling the typical wooden artwork of the area.