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Xhosa Face Painting

Xhosa face painting

We have just returned from an 8-day trip to South Africa. We spent most of our time in Cape Town. However, we also rented a car and drove east along the coast from Cape Town. I will be writing more posts about different parts of the trip. We stayed with an old friend (she’s more like family, really). She has a company that places volunteers and skilled professionals with Shack Dwellers Inc. She finds housing, helps with visa applications, and works with Shack Dwellers to find projects for interested parties. Her website is www.Pekutravels.com. If you’re interested in volunteering, do swing by her website.

Sunset at the beach

  The day we got to Cape Town, we went down to the beach to watch the sun set. I have to say even though it was summer, it was chilly (high 50s, low 60s fahrenheit) and windy. But the sunset was beautiful. We actually talked so much we almost missed it. Afterwards we went to one of the nearby restaurants and had dinner. I tasted springbok for the first time and I didn’t hate it. Springbok is the official animal of South Africa and it is in the deer family.

We also had our faces painted. This is a tradition of the Xhosa tribe. I asked if this was only for special occasions and the lady doing the painting said it’s their equivalent of makeup so they paint their faces as often as they like. All in all we had a fabulous time and we left the beach very full and very tired.

about the author

I have been fortunate enough to live in different countries in Africa, and I take every opportunity to visit more. The countries I have been to include Nigeria, Cameroon, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Kenya. Cultures are unique in each country and I love the artwork in each country. Of course I love my continent too and I try to educate others about it through art.


  1. Jamen

    I don’t know who you wrote this for but you hleped a brother out.

  2. squinti

    Jamen, glad you found this helpful. I’ll be adding more posts shortly.

  3. hankeybillfred

    do you have a fb fanpage

  4. squinti

    Yes, Hankeybillfred. Here’s the link to our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Squinti-African-Art/120881164690819

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