Wife swapping among Namibia’s nomadic tribes has been practiced for generations. The practice is more of a gentlemen’s agreement where friends can have intercourse with each others’ wives with no strings attached. The wives have little say in the matter,
Known as okujepisa omukazendu – which loosely means “offering a wife to a guest” – the practice is little known outside these reclusive communities, whose population is estimated at 86 000.
Mainly found in the north-western Kunene region near the Angolan border, the communities are largely isolated from the rest of the country. They have resisted the trappings of modern life, keep livestock, live off the land and practice ancestral worship.