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Mafwe Living Museum

The Living Museum of the Mafwe is situated in the Caprivi Strip, about 20 km north of Kongola. Established in 2008 in cooperation with the Living Culture Foundation Namibia it offers visitors an interesting insight into the life of the Mafwe.


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Culture & Living Museums
4 wild bush camping sites
Caprivi, north of Kongola
Several cultural tours

Traditional African Culture of the Caprivi

The Living Museum is an authentic open-air museum where guests can learn a lot about the traditional culture and the original way of living of the Mafwe. The Mafwe demonstrate and describe their traditions with great dedication and a guide translates into english. Almost every offered program is interactive, because it is also great fun for them when the visitors try to weave a traditional net or taste some of the offered meals.

Sleep under giant Baobabs

You can spend the night there at Baobab Campsite, a basic but very nice bushcamp close to the museum. You will hear the sound of the African Bush while you sleep under giant Baobab trees. Alternatively you can stay in one of the surrounding accommodation establishments in the Caprivi.

Programs offered

1. Short

Short Program

You will get an introduction into the traditional life of the Mafwe. You will learn about the historic craftmanship, follow the Mafwe on a short bushwalk and enjoy the singing and dancing afterwards.

1,5 – 2 h; N$ 130.- / person

2. Half Day

Spend a day with us

Experience the daily routine in the Mafwes traditional life. Try to make fire, stamp the mahangu and taste the traditional food. You will learn about traditional craftsmanship (weaving, forging an arrow point, making jewellery, bows, arrows, spears etc.) and will follow the Mafwe on a bushwalk and get an impression about how they used to hunt and fish. Singing, dancing and games at the end.

4 – 5 h; N$ 260.- / person

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