Frequently Asked Questions
Programs and Payments
How do I pre book at the Living Museums?
There is no need and no possibility to make a pre booking of programs of the Living Museum. The Museum is open 365 days a year from 8h30 to 17h00. If you would like to let the manager know when you are coming you can write a message or call under +264 (0) 81 762 9020 (Elizabeth Madima).
Remember, sometimes the lines are down in remote areas.
When do the programs and activities start?
The programs start on arrival of guests. The people in the Living Museum are very flexible and everything from the length of the programs, starting times etc. can be discussed with the guide or manager at the reception of the Living Museum.
How do I make payment?
All payments (museum, crafts, campsite) must be done in Cash. You will receive a receipt for your payment.
Lodging and Camping
Does the Living Museum offer lodging?
No, unfortunately the Living Museum doesn’t offer lodging yet. Recommended accommodation is:
Does the Living Museum offer camping?
The museum offers a wild bush camp. There is no water and electricity but a dry toilet. More information: Camping
How do I reserve a campsite at the Living Museums?
There is no need and no possibility to make a reservation for a campsite at the Living Museum. The campsites are spacious and there is enough place for several groups. If you would like to let the manager know when you are coming, for example because your group consists of several cars, you can write a message or call under …
Remember, sometimes the lines are down in remote areas.
Can I access the Living Museum as self-driver without a 4x4?
Yes, you won’t need a 4x4.
Is there Public transport?
There is no public transport to reach the Living Museums. However a local taxi company might organize the transport for you.
Where can I find directions to the Living Museums
You can use the maps of the Living Museums here: http://www.lcfn.info/mafwe/contact
Support and donations
How can I support the Living Museums?
You can either support the Living Museums directly or help the Living Culture Foundation Namibia with a donation. Please find more information: Support Us
Should I give donations to the people in the Living Museums?
You supported the people while supporting their local business, the Living Museum. I you want to help the actors of the Living Museum or the local villagers even more, you have two good ways of doing that:
You can buy beautiful crafts and souvenirs in the craft shop of the Living Museum to support the whole community (even the people who are not part of the Living Museum).
If you want to give some things and support even more, best practice is to trade those things with local crafts as well. Valuable goods are pens, books, blankets, clothing or shoes.
Should I give sweets or presents to the children of the Museums actors?
Please think before giving sweets to the children. The next dentist is far away! If you want to give more valuable presents like books, pens, balls, please consider giving them to the manager or the guide of the Living Museums and not to the children directly.
Here you will find some feedback from visitors of the Living Museum of the Mafwe.
Thomas & Frauke:
Sehr sehr schön, hoffentlich bleibt diese Tradition noch lange erhalten.
Angelika & Gruppe:
Danke für die wunderschöne traditionelle Vorführung. Es hat uns sehr gut gefallen.
Sero & Junita:
Beautiful evening with beautiful people that were really nice. Everyone should come here. I really recommend.
Katja & Mario:
Ein super Projekt. Vielen Dank für die schöne Führung.
Thank you very much to the Mafwe people for giving us this interesting insight into their culture. I hope this was not the last time coming here. Many thanks.
Thank you for showing us everything. It was an amazing feeling to be here with you. I learned a lot and appreciate that. Stay like this forever and cultivate your culture. It is beautiful.
Pia & Sören:
Thanks for a real good guiding of your old village. We liked the dancing and singing that showed us about the old time. We also like to eat and drink the juice from the Baobab fruit.
Approach and opening hours
You can book a program and the campsite at the Living Museum directly at the reception. Prebookings are not necessary / possible.
Please also read the "Frequently Asked Questions" section
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Programs & Rates
1. Short program (± 1,5 h)
You will get an introduction into our traditional life and you will learn a bit about our historic craftmanship. Follow us on a short bushwalk and enjoy the singing and dancing afterwards.
- N$ 150.00 / Person
2. Spend a day with us (± 4 h)
Experience the daily routine in our traditional life by joining us for a whole day. Try to make fire, stamp the mahangu and taste our traditional food. You will learn about some of our traditional craftsmanship (weaving, forging an arrow point, making jewellery, bows, arrows, spears etc.). Follow us on a bushwalk and get an impression about how we used to hunt and fish. Enjoy the evening around our camp fire with singing, dancing and games.
- N$ 280.00 / Person
3. Our present village (± 1,5 h)
Meet our friendly people on a guided walk through our village and see how we live today.
- N$ 180.00 / Person
- For the adventurous there is a basic bushcamp which consists of a cleared area, where tents can be pitched – there is no water and electricity but a dry toilet. At the moment the costs are N$ 30 per person per night and N$ 10 for a bundle of fire wood.
At the Living Museum there is a craftshop where you can buy crafts, jewellery and common tools of the Mafwe. You will support the whole community of Singalamwe, the village where most of the actors of the Living Museum live. Everyone from Singalamwe - not only the actors of the Living Museum - is encouraged to produce crafts for the craftshop to generate an extra income for the whole community.
Professional filming (documentaries, movies, etc.):
- N$ 5000.00 - up to 2 days unlimited filming even if you only film a few hours.
- N$ 1500.00 - for every further day.
- More information about filming in Namibia
- Children from 0 – 2 years are free of charge.
- Children from 3 – 12 years pay half price.
Namibian student groups:
- Namibian student groups only pay half of above prices
- Up to 4 teachers (group leaders) are free of charge, but others pay the student price.
- All groups must prove their Namibian origin to qualify for the reduced price.
- Our Living Museum is a private educational institution without any external financial aid. As we need to pay our actors we are not able to reduce prices below this offer.
The Living Museum of the Mafwe
The Living Museum of the Mafwe was opened in February 2008 and is cultural highlight in the Caprivi, in the north of Namibia. 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 presentation of traditional Mafwe culture.
The Living Museum offers visitors an interesting insight into the life of the Mafwe. The Living Museum consists of a traditional village and its surrounding fields on a beautiful hill with a view on the Kwando River. Huge Baobab trees spend shadow for the guests that are interested in the original Mafwe Culture. The Mafwe present their old, almost forgotten culture in traditional dresses.
Interactivity in the museum
The actors of the Mafwe Living Museum demonstrate and describe everything with great dedication and the 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.
A visit to the Living Museum is an unforgettable experience!
Information about the Living Museum and the language group of the Mafwe.