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Damara Living Museum, Damaraland

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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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  • Used a local guide for a tour. A full tour would be a bit long, so we did highlights. To some extent participants seemed to be going through the motions, but it was still very educational. Especially....  more
    Used a local guide for a tour. A full tour would be a bit long, so we did highlights. To some extent participants seemed to be going through the motions, but it was still very educational. Especially....  more »
  • This was my son’s favourite experience in all of Namibia. Traditional skills are demonstrated in a series of engaging live workshops, with so much to learn, and the chance to interact with the Damara....  more
    This was my son’s favourite experience in all of Namibia. Traditional skills are demonstrated in a series of engaging live workshops, with so much to learn, and the chance to interact with the Damara....  more »
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  • Tradition but a little bit mixed with modern...must see though.
  • What a place to see. And very humbling to see how the impact of western culture has impacted the damaras. We learned a lot here

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