while backpacking Africa, i have come to realise that there very many number of Tribes / ethinic groups in Africa that many people dont even know they exist due to the reason that few or no one has ever given them a chance to shade a light on where they are,who they are,or how they even look like.. Personally i came to realise this during my 2019 backpacking trip through East Africa where i decided to go deep down to the local level so that i can purely understand the diversity between indeginous and modern people in Africa by class to class. ok lets start what is a tribe?
In anthropology, a tribe is a human social group. Exact definitions of what constitutes a tribe vary among anthropologists. The concept is often contrasted by anthropologists with other social groups concepts, such as nations, states, and forms of kinship.
During backpacking in Africa ,the following tribes a one of the many ethinics in Africa that really hold warm hearts and a worthy visiting and sharing different cultures,and experiences with them.
1 .THE MAASAI PEOPLE
The Maasai are a Nilotic ethnic group inhabiting northern, central and southern Kenya and northern Tanzania. They are among the best known local populations internationally due to their residence near the many game parks of the African Great Lakes, and their distinctive customs and dress, Maasai tribe is a popular stop on nearly every safari you’ll take through Tanzania and Kenya. After all, it is the “must see” tribe to see when going to the Serengeti or Masai Mara.
2. KIKUYU TRIBE
The Kikuyu is the largest ethnic group in Kenya. They speak the Bantu Kikuyu language. At a population of 6.6 million as of 2009, they account for close to 17% of the total population of Kenya. The term Kikuyu is derived from the Swahili form of the word Gĩkũyũ. Gĩkũyũ means “large sycamore tree. When i visited these people frankly i got scared by the way they look,dress and some few stereo type reasons but suprisingly these a one of the most amazing ,awesome ,kind and welcoming people in Kenya and also not to forget , they a so hard working. lol .. Your visit to these people is worthy.
3. BAGANDA TRIBE
The Ganda people, or Baganda, are a Bantu ethnic group native to Buganda, a subnational kingdom within Uganda. Traditionally composed of 52 clans, the Baganda are the largest ethnic group in Uganda, comprising 16.9 percent of the population . this tribe has long history that truly cant be fully detailed in its full because of its long roots back in the days of its beginning from the Bantu tribe. Visit them during your tour to Uganda and have a chance tp learn much from there culture, there kings burial sites,fascinating palaces ,food ,and norms.
4. MURSI TRIBE
The Mursi (or Mun as they refer to themselves) are a Nilotic pastoralist ethnic group in Ethiopia. They principally reside in the Debub Omo Zone of the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People’s Region, close to the border with South Sudan. Living in one of the most isolated regions of Ethiopia, the Mursi tribe in the beautiful Omo Valley, are one of the most fascinating tribes in Africa. During your visit to the Hail ssilasse land , dont forget to pay a visit to these people, learn there way of life,norms,exchange culture diffrences s one way of knowing each other and dnt forget to ask before taking there photographys ,.. its just being polite than traveling stupid.
5.THE HIMBA TRIBE
This tribe is fascinating ,from where they live,what they eat,dress, and openly who they are and why few people worldwide know about there existance.
Hidden away in Northern Namibia, this indigenous tribe continues to resist the encroaching tourism industry – despite drawing fascinated travellers from around the world.The traditional Himba people are mostly settled in the Kaokoland in the remote Kunene region and have a population of up to 50,000.
Although a few of the young boys wear T-shirts, there is little westernisation within the tribe and they dress in leathers.From puberty Himba women braid their hair and veneer each one with clay and red ochre made from ferruginous soils, and they use the same mixture to paint their bodies .
6 . MWILA TRIBE
Mwila, or Mumuhuila people are a cluster of semi-nomadic ethnic group living in southern Angola, in the area of Huila. Mwila people actually belongs to the larger Nyaneka-Khumbi (Nhaneka-Humbe) amalgamated ethnic inhabiting the Haumpata Plateau and along the headwaters of Rio Caculovar in South Western Angola in Huila Planato or Huila Province, the province that takes it name from the people.
Mwila people are of Bantu origin and are said to be one of the earliest Bantu people to undertake the Great Bantu migration to domicile in their present location in Angola. Unlike the other ethnic groups that fled from Angola to neighbouring country, Namibia as a result of wars, drought and invasion by powerful ethnic groups, the Mwila people and their parent ethnic group Nyaneka-Humbe did not disperse outside Angola. Visiting these people is the best choice you can ever make when in Angola
7 BAGISU TRIBE, UGANDA
To me personally this is one of the bride that triggers me when it comes to the way there men a circumcised . The Gisu people, or Bamasaba people of Elgon, alternately Bugisu, Gishu, Masaba, or Sokwia, are a tribe of the Masaba people of eastern Uganda, … The men among the Bagisu tribe undergo initiation ceremonies known as (Imbalu) .. you already visiting this country, it will be amazing when spend sometime with them,learn about there culture,visit there palaces and museums to get mr knowledge about how or where there tribe came from.