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Damara Living Museum

The Living Museum of the Damara is situated about 10 km north of the famous Twyfelfontein rock engravings site directly at the D2612. Opened in February 2010 it is the first tradititional Damara project in Namibia. The possibility to experience the traditional Damara culture in this form exists nowhere else in Namibia or in the world.

Specifications

Type
Culture & Living Museums
Campsites
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Location
10 km north of Twyfelfontein
Activities
Several cultural tours

The unique experience of historic Damara culture

Together with the Bushmen the Damara belong to the oldest nations in Namibia. Due to their loose social structures the Damara were not able to defend themselves against aggressors during the colonization of Namibia. This is one of the reasons why their culture has to a great extent fallen into oblivion. Within the framework of the Living Museum of the Damara an attempt was made to reconstruct the ‚lost culture’ of the Damara.

Programs

1. Village

Traditional Life in the village:

Experience the daily routine in our traditional museum, including our traditional blacksmith (making of weapons and tools), tanning of leather (production of traditional clothes), jewellery and crafts, dancing, singing and traditional games, Holy Fire and fire making and much more. The program will take around 1.5 hours, but you can stay as long as you want.

2. Bushwalk

Bushwalk

Follow us on a bushwalk where the women collect plants from the bush for food, perfume and medicine and where the men show you how to set up traps, snares and how they used to hunt in the old times.

3. Combi

Traditional Life & Bushwalk

Combines programs 1 & 2 for the complete traditional Damara experience.

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