Few African peoples grace as many coffee-table books as the Himba, considered one of the continent's most photogenic people. And this is true: not only are they remarkably relaxed about having their pictures taken, but their red ochre skin and fabulous hair create a striking contrast to the ever-blue skies of northern Namibia. The Himba are a semi-nomadic pastoral tribe, closely related to the Herero, and live in the most inhospitable part of Namibia, the arid north. They settled there as a result of decades of persecution by other tribes. Many Himbas adhere to a largely traditional way of life, despite the availability of modern clothing, housing and technology. Visiting a Himba village is a surprisingly genuine experience, but please take care to do this responsibly. Employ a Himba guide from one of the settlements (such as Epupa or Opuwo). This will ensure fair payment to the members of the village, usually in the form of mais, sugar, salt and other much-needed foodstuffs. Never give gifts directly to the children, as this encourages begging. And don't haggle too much when shopping for handicrafts - this is one of very few sources of income for the Himba. Visiting a Himba village is a fascinating experience, allowing a glimpse into a simple but hard way of life, and is easily combined with a visit to Epupa Falls.