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Damara Living Museum, Damaraland

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Museum · Hidden Gem · Specialty Museum
Learn some bush skills on a guided tour and get an insight into one of the oldest traditional nations in Namibia at Damara Living Museum, a world-famous museum of rock engravings and home to the nearly extinct Damara people. In an attempt to reconstruct the almost lost culture, a traditional village with thatched huts was set up at the foot of a boulder. As you explore the village, local women will show you which plants from the bush are good for food, medicine, and perfume, while men will teach you how to set up snare traps and light a fire using traditional methods. You'll see a mixture of hunter-gatherer and cattle-herding lifestyles, with some of the Damara making their living selling minerals. Plan your Damara Living Museum visit and explore what else you can see and do in Damaraland using our Damaraland day trip tool.
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  • My husband and I visited this living museum to learn about the local communities. It was a great cultural production showing how the Damara people lived, their stories, their tools, and their pride.....  more »
  • We really enjoyed our visit to Damara Living Museum. This project provides jobs to local villagers, and helps to keep the old Damara traditions alive. We did the 'Traditional village life' program...  more »
  • Nice, authentic Damara village. Bushwalk a little bit short but informative. Highly recommended to see the culture of one of the eldest tribes of Namibia.
  • Wonderful people! Was great to have a music session with you! 😉👍🏻🥁

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