When most people outside of Africa think about the Continent, there is tendency to lump all of the tribes together. This is unfortunate because the truth is, each tribe in Africa (and there are more than 3,000 of them) has its own rich traditions, language and culture. While modern society has affected their way of life to a significant degree, tribal affiliation still remains a great source of pride for the natives. With that in mind, here is a look at 10 of Africa’s most notable tribes.
The largest ethnic group in South Africa with around 11 million people, the Zulu tribe is perhaps the most famous in all of Africa. Tourists can even visit the cultural village of Shakaland and get a taste of Zulu tribal life!
The Maasai are hands-down the most famous tribe in Kenya. While the majority of its people have adopted a modern lifestyle, they haven’t forgotten their roots, often displaying their traditional Shuka plaid sheets and beaded jewels. They also continue to live in Boma huts and herd cattle.
The Oromo tribe is made up of people who live in southern Ethiopia, northern Kenya and parts of Somalia. It is also the largest ethnic group in Ethiopia, comprising 35% of the country’s population.
With a population of 35 million people, the Yoruba are by far the largest tribe in all of Africa. Most live in Nigeria with the rest situated in southern Benin.