||Khumub and |Nuaiseb

- Protecting natural resources -

||Khumub and |Nuaiseb are a pair of hills that are visible from a great distance across Etosha’s flat landscape. They are renowned as prime venues for collecting bush food, in particular berries such as sabiron (Grewia villosa, mallow raisin), ‡âun (Grewia cf. flava, velvet raison) and ‡huin (Berchemia discolor, bird plum), and corms like !hanni (Cyperus fulgens).

The names of the hills derive from an ancient story: |Nuaiseb was the surname of a headman whose extensive territory included these two hills. It was traditionally the responsibility of headmen to supervise the use of the natural resources, including game and bush food, in the areas under their control, in order to ensure that they were not unsustainably exploited. |Nuaiseb decided to make one of the hills the responsibility of his nephew, whose surname was ||Khumub. So the hills bear the names of their former Hai||om supervisors.

Khumub and Nuaiseb viewed from Halali tourist camp

||Khumub and | Nuaiseb viewed from Halali tourist camp

Animals of the Hai||om

Many utensils and tools necessary for daily life were made out of animal material. Find a complete list of the animlas which were used by the Hai||om.


Plants of the Hai||om

The Hai||om know hundred of plants for many uses, for example as bush food, medicine and poison for their arrows.


Places of the Hai||om

Before the Hai||om had access to drilled boreholes, the hunter-gatherers were profoundly reliant on natural water sources, where they often erected their permanent settlements.

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