Africa's Top 10 Wildest Tribes

1. the Maasai

The Maasai are Africa's most famous wild people, living in Kenya and Tanzania. The population is approximately 100,000. The Masai Africans are most often found near Mount Kilimanjaro, an important part of their mythology.

The Masai have a reputation as fierce warriors, but they are mainly herders. They have preserved their traditional ways almost entirely and still practice the rites of circumcision, both of men and women.

2. the Mursi

The Mursi refer to themselves as the spirits of darkness sent to earth by the god of death, Yamda. They justify their horrible rituals and traditions, which have been passed down from generation to generation.

The women's trademark is their incredibly elongated lower lip, which can be as much as 30 cm in diameter. The Mursi tribe hangs the dead women who deserve special respect and honor in life on trees. Their hands are cut off beforehand. Other deceased serve as food or raw material for jewelry, magical potions.


This is a friendly and distinctive tribe living in the fertile valley of the Omo River. Their distinctive feature is their love of beautiful clothing and jewelry. Most shocking to Europeans is the marriage ritual in which men torture girls and women.

The young men hit the women's backs with long rods, and the objects of the beating try to provoke aggression and get the maximum blows. The number of scars and scars can determine the status and attractiveness of girls in the eyes of fellow tribesmen.

4. Bushmen

They live in families, each of them has a herbalist-healer - he communicates with spirits, can cause rain and cure diseases. Bushmen women shave their heads, leaving a small tuft of hair on top. In addition, they often use animal bladders as headdresses, attaching them to their hair.

5. Samburu

Samburu man.

Child-bearing is a very important part of Samburu society and infertile women are persecuted and often mocked. Samburu men worship ancestral spirits, engage in witchcraft and the occult. It is believed that incantations and sacrifices can increase fertility and protect the people from disease.

6. the Zulu.

It is impossible to imagine the wild tribes of Africa without the Zulu, who number up to 10 million people. These people believe in a creator-god, and attribute all the negative phenomena of life-sickness and death-to evil spirits and witches. Cleanliness is an important part of Zulu religion, and regular washing and cleaning of the home is a common custom.

7. Bantu

The Bantu have a distinctive appearance: they have very dark skin, wide nose, and peculiar hair structure resembling a spiral. Bantu are friendly people, and are happy to invite tourists on familiarization walks.

Like members of the Mursi tribe, Bantu women enlarge the lower lip and put discs in it. The life of the wild Bantu tribes is associated mainly with agriculture and farming. They live in houses made of twigs and coated with clay on top.

8. the Nuba.

This is a completely isolated community, whose members speak their own language and have no contact with the outside world. This is probably why the Nuba tribe has retained its full identity.

The women of the tribe are incredibly beautiful and have a great figure - long legs, tall and slender. Perhaps partly due to their beauty, the girls were given the right to choose their bridegroom.

During the marriage ritual, the grooms sit with their backs to the brides performing the dance. After the introduction, the girl goes up to the guy she likes and puts her leg on his shoulder. She has made her choice, and the groom's opinion is not taken into account. Living together begins only after the husband builds the house.


The Himba people live in clay huts similar to yurts. There is only a sleeping place inside the dwelling. Because the tribe lives in the desert in northern Namibia, water is scarce. To avoid wasting unnecessary moisture, the Himba practically do not wash, but rather apply a special reddish-colored compound to their bodies. This mixture absorbs unpleasant odors and gives the body a distinctive scent.

10. kosa

The habitat of the tribe is the Cape province. The Kos are also called "red people" for the fact that they are always dressed in red. Women tie a turban on their heads in a special way. By the type of headdress you can determine their status - married, single, or widowed.

Young men of the Kosa tribe necessarily undergo a rite of circumcision. After the ceremony, they cover their bodies with white clay to please the spirits and go into the mountains for two weeks.


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