Topnaars

The Topnaar are descendants of Khoekhoe Strandlopers. Originally nomadic beachcombers who lived on the shores of the Atlantic, the Topnaar now herd sheep and goat in the environs of the Kuiseb River close to Walvis Bay. Their language is similar to that of the Nama featuring distinct click sounds. Some of the Topnaar work in Walvis Bay.

The !nara melon, which grows in the Namib is essential to the Topnaar culture. The prickly fruit is said to have medicinal purposes and is an important part of the Topnaar diet. The endemic melons are harvested annually in the dunes around Walvis Bay. Traditional recipes are still used to prepare the melons and poems have been composed in its honour.