Learn one of the world's most complex languages
The Damara and Nama people speak similar languages of the Khoisan family, and you will hear these unusual languages spoken throughout Namibia. They use four distinct clicks - which are fiendishly hard to pronounce, and even harder to incorporate into words. However, even the Damara and Nama admit to being utterly flummoxed by the language spoken by the San - who use seven clicks. One theory is that the clicks developed as a way of communicating while hunting without disturbing the wildlife, as the clicks would not be recognised by the animals as human speech.
If visiting a San community, or a Nama or Damara household as part of a Namibia tour, ask your guide to teach you how to greet and thank your hosts in their own language. Although you're unlikely to be able to twist your tongue around it, it shows respect for those you are visiting - and it's sure to raise a smile and act as an icebreaker!
Listen to a menu being read by a Damara staff member in Damaraland Camp:
Read an account by Responsible Travel's founder Justin Francis of his
encounter with the San
in the Kalahari Desert.