Mucubal people

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A Mucubal woman near Virei, Angola in 2011

The Mucubal people (also Mucubai, Mucabale or Mugubale) are a subgroup of the Herero people in southern Angola.[1] Like the Masai, to whom they are said to be related, they are semi-nomadic, depending on cattle and agriculture.[1] Their territory is in the Namib Desert, bounded by the Serra da Chela mountains to the north and Cunene River to the south.[1][2]

Mucubal people typically wear little clothing, carry machetes or spears, and are renowned for their endurance, sometimes running 50 miles (80 km) in a day.[2] Their villages typically consist of a group of huts arranged in a circle.[2]


  1. ^ a b c "Woman from the Mucubal (Mucubai, Mucabale, Mugubale) tribe". Photo Contest 2011. National Geographic. 2011. Retrieved 21 July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "Mucubais considerados como verdadeiros 'donos' de África". Zwela Angola (in Portuguese). SOL. 29 October 2010. Retrieved 21 July 2012.