Phenotypically similar to the Ovambo, but larger in body size; horns are long, massive, lyre-shaped and circular in cross-section; cervico-thoracic hump and moderately long neck; heavy and folded dewlap; coat is multicoloured
Maintained by the semi-nomadic Heroro and Ovahimba tribes in the Kaokoveld district of northern Namibia
Sanga cattle were introduced into southern Africa when the Khoikhoi (Hottentots) first crossed the Zambezi river about 700AD with their Sanga cattle. Several waves of the Bantu people with various strains of Sanga cattle entered the region and settled. The Ovambo cattle are believed to have originated from the Sanga of Angola, following loss of the original cattle holdings through raids by the Khoikhoi in the middle of the 19th century (Felius, 1995).