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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) 81 838 2556 or +264 (0) 81 371 3884 (John)

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 Opuwo Country Lodge

Does the Living Museum offer camping?

Yes, the museum offers camping: More information about the Omungunda campsite: Camping or Facebook Page Omungunda

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 +264 (0) 81 838 2556 or +264 (0) 81 371 3884 (John)

Remember, sometimes the lines are down in remote areas.

Going there

Can I access the Living Museum as self-driver without a 4x4?

Yes, you won’t need a 4x4. However for the Kunene region a 4x4 is recommended, especially in the rainy season from December to April.

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/ovahimba/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.

Gallery

Picture gallery of the Living Museum of the Ovahimba close to Omungunda

Faces & stories

Traditonal life

Traditional dances

Interaction with guests

Contact

Approach and opening hours

The Living Museum is open 365 days a year from sunrise until sundown. Bookings are not necessary. Just follow the signboards that are leading to the Living Museum and you will be warmly welcomed...

Ovahimba MapOvahimba Living Museum Map

Contact

Omungunda, 42 km north of Opuwo
-17.801614, 13.691071
+264 (0) 81 838 2556 (John) / +264 (0) 81 371 3884 (John)
sebastian.duerrschmidt

Booking

You can book a program and the campsite at the Living Museum directly at the reception. Prebookings are not necessary / possible.

FAQ

Please also read the "Frequently Asked Questions" section.

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Programs & Rates

Download program & rates (pdf) (2017 - 2018)

1. Traditional life in the village (2-3 hours )

Get an introduction into our culture. We demonstrate important parts of our traditions including daily life, food production, craftsmanship and singing and dancing. You will learn about our homestead, the holy fire, our religious beliefs and the importance of our livestock. You are welcome to join the activities!

  • N$ 250 / person

2. Bushwalk (1 hour)

Follow our guide and some Ovahimba on a guided walk. We will show you some traditional weapons and the plants we use for medicine and food.

  • N$ 120 / person

3. Craftsmanship Workshop (2 hours)

We introduce you to our special craftsmanship like pottery, wood carving and the work of the blacksmith. You will get the chance to work together with us and learn some skills from our masters.

  • N$ 250 / person

4. Spend a Day with us (5 hours)

Get a detailed insight into our traditional culture. This program is a combination of programs 1-3.

  • N$ 500 / person

5. Ovahimba Body Painting (1 hour)

Get dressed and painted Ovahimba style.

  • N$ 120 / person

6. Singing and Dancing (1 hour)

We introduce you to our energetic dances. This activity can be done either in the Living Museum or in our cave close by. You are welcome to join!

  • N$ 120 / person

7. Wedding ceremony (1 day)

On request. Pre booking essential. Get married Ovahimba style. You will get dressed as an Ovahimba and go through the stages of a traditional wedding. We will slaughter a sheep and a goat and have a celebration at the end of the day.

  • N$ 4000 / person

8. Professional filming (2 days)

Filming for documentaries and movies:

  • N$ 5000.00 up to 2 days unlimited filming (even if you only film a few hours).
  • N$ 1500.00 - for every additional day.
  • More information about filming in Namibia

 

Other

Camping:

  • N$ 100.00 / person / day
  • Water and fire wood available

Craftshop:

  • The museum has a craft shop, where a lot of jewellery, tools, instruments and articles of daily use are being sold.

Child policy:

  • Children from 0 – 4 years are free of charge.
  • Children from 5 – 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 Ovahimba Living Museum

The Ovahimba Living Museum is a place where you can interactively experience the traditional culture of the Ovahimba. The Museum acts as a traditional school for guests and for the children of the own community alike and at the same time it is an income generating institution.

The Museum is strategically located between the Ovahimba capital Opuwo and the paradisiac Epupa Falls at the Kunene River in the north of Namibia.

Ovahimba homesteadOvahimba homestead

The traditional culture of the Ovahimba

The Museum consists of a large traditional homestead in which the Ovahimba introduce interested guests to their daily routines and encourage them to take part.

Important elements of the original tradition are the production of food, craftsmanship (forging, pottery, wood carving, leather tanning), the building of clay huts as well as singing and dancing. Guests get to know the homestead, the importance of the Holy Fire, some of the religious aspects and the importance of cattle within the Ovahimba culture. They are welcome to actively take part in all activities demonstrated.

Even “Ovahimba-Bodypainting” or a genuine traditional wedding Ovahimba way are possible.

Otjihimba is the spoken language of the Ovahimba, a dialect of the widespread Otjiherero language. The guide translates into English. Guests satisfied by the quality and standard of the museum offering an exemplary insight into the traditions of the Ovahimba traditions are able to purchase a small souvenir in the craftshop afterwards.

In the main wife's hutIn the main wife's hut

Camping

Guests are welcome to stay at the nearby campsite Omungunda and to book several programs at the Living Museum.

You will have an unforgettable day at the Ovahimba Living Museum!

Cattle TrumpetCattle Trumpet

Subcategories

Information

Information about the Ovahimba Living Museum and the language group of the Ovahimba in general.

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Do you have a question about the Mafwe Living Museum?

 

Have you read our FAQ already? Most of your questions will be answered there. If your question couldn't be answered you are welcome to write us an email to contact@lcfn.info

 

Kind regards, Elizabeth,
Manager of the Mafwe Living Museum

Mafwe Elizabeth

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Do you have a question about the Mbunza Living Museum?

 

Have you read our FAQ already? Most of your questions will be answered there. If your question couldn't be answered you are welcome to write us an email to contact@lcfn.info

 

Kind regards, Sebron
Manager of the Mbunza Living Museum

Sebron

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Do you have a question about the Ovahimba Living Museum?

 

Have you read our FAQ already? Most of your questions will be answered there. If your question couldn't be answered you are welcome to write us an email to contact@lcfn.info

 

Kind regards, John
Manager of the Ovahimba Living Museum

John

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Do you have a question about the Damara Living Museum?

 

Have you read our FAQ already? Most of your questions will be answered there. If your question couldn't be answered you are welcome to write us an email to contact@lcfn.info

 

Kind regards, Hans-Bernhard
Manager of the Damara Living Museum

Hans

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Do you have a question about the Ju/'Hoansi-San Living Museum?

 

Have you read our FAQ already? Most of your questions will be answered there. If your question couldn't be answered you are welcome to write us an email to contact@lcfn.info

 

Kind regards, Apollo
Manager of the Ju/'Hoansi-San Living Museum

Apollo

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Do you have a question about the Living Hunter's Museum?

 

Have you read our FAQ already? Most of your questions will be answered there. If your question couldn't be answered you are welcome to write us an email to contact@lcfn.info

 

Kind regards, Tsamkxao
Manager of the Living Hunter's Museum

Tsamkxao

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Haben Sie eine Frage über das Mafwe Lebende Museum?

 

Sollte die Antwort auf ihre Frage nicht in unserem FAQ (meistgestellte Fragen) zu finden sein, so können Sie uns gerne eine Email schreiben: contact@lcfn.info

 

Mit freundlichen Grüßen, Elizabeth,
Manager des Mafwe Living Museums

Mafwe Elizabeth

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Haben Sie eine Frage über das Mbunza Lebende Museum?

 

Sollte die Antwort auf ihre Frage nicht in unserem FAQ (meistgestellte Fragen) zu finden sein, so können Sie uns gerne eine Email schreiben: contact@lcfn.info

 

Mit freundlichen Grüßen, Sebron

Manager des Mbunza Living Museums

Sebron

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Haben Sie eine Frage über das Ovahimba Lebende Museum?

 

Sollte die Antwort auf ihre Frage nicht in unserem FAQ (meistgestellte Fragen) zu finden sein, so können Sie uns gerne eine Email schreiben: contact@lcfn.info

 

Mit freundlichen Grüßen, John

Manager des Ovahimba Living Museum

John

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Haben Sie eine Frage über das Damara Lebende Museum?

 

Sollte die Antwort auf ihre Frage nicht in unserem FAQ (meistgestellte Fragen) zu finden sein, so können Sie uns gerne eine Email schreiben: contact@lcfn.info

 

Mit freundlichen Grüßen, Hans-Bernhard

Manager des Damara Living Museum

Hans

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Haben Sie eine Frage über das Ju/'Hoansi Lebende Museum?

 

Sollte die Antwort auf ihre Frage nicht in unserem FAQ (meistgestellte Fragen) zu finden sein, so können Sie uns gerne eine Email schreiben: contact@lcfn.info

 

Mit freundlichen Grüßen, Apollo

Manager des Ju/'Hoansi-San Living Museum

Apollo

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Haben Sie eine Frage über das Hunter's Lebende Museum?

 

Sollte die Antwort auf ihre Frage nicht in unserem FAQ (meistgestellte Fragen) zu finden sein, so können Sie uns gerne eine Email schreiben: contact@lcfn.info

 

Mit freundlichen Grüßen, Tsamkxao

Manager des Living Hunter's Museum

Tsamkxao

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Juhoansi

The Living Museum of the Ju/'Hoansi is Namibias first Living Museum

  • Opening: 2004
  • Culture: Hunter-Gatherer Culture of the San
  • Highlights: "Action Day" - 4 hours interesting introduction into the culture of the San
  • Setup: Many gras huts in great nature, campsite and craftshop
Grashoek Apollo

"... Our Living Museums has 76 actors at the moment. All actors are very happy with the work they are doing. The aim of our Living Museum is to develop the Grashoek community. Its is also a school where the elders teach the young people about culture..."

Apollo, Manager of the Ju/'Hoansi-San Living Museum

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Mafwe

The Living Museum of the Mafwe in the Caprivi, situated under huge Baobab trees

  • Opening: 2008
  • Culture: Bantu culture of the Mafwe, influenced especially by fishing and farming
  • Highlights: "A day together with the Mafwe" - 4 hours of interactive program
  • Setup: Kraal, several clay huts, traditional kitchen, bush campsite & craftshop
Mafwe Elizabeth

"... The Mafwe Living Museum has 38 permanent workers and 12 students at the moment. We realized that we must share our culture and the Living Museum is the right tool to do that because the Mafwe people are happy and proud about their culture! ..."

Elizabeth Madima, Manager of the Mafwe Living Museum

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Damara

The Living Museum of the Damara close to Twyfelfontein, reconstruction of the "lost" culture of the Damara

  • Opening: 2010
  • Culture: Traditional culture of the Damara
  • Highlights: "Traditional Life" - 1 hour entertaining program
  • Setup: Kraal, several wooden huts, pharmacy, blacksmith, craftshop
Damara Hans

"... The Damara Living Museum has 30 actors and is called "Taotatide" in our language which means "we are proud of our culture". The actors are happy and very proud of their job. In the future we want to start a campsite and further improve our Living Museum..."

Hans-Bernhard, Manager of the Damara Living Museum

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LittleHunters

The Hunter's Living Museum - the only museum offering a real traditional hunt in the wilderness together with the San

  • Opening: 2010
  • Culture: Hunter-gatherer culture of the Ju/'Hoansi
  • Highlights: "3 Days in the wild" - several days intensive educational program
  • Setup: Several gras huts, campsite, craftshop
Hunters Ksamkxao

"... We have 25 actors in our museum. When the visitors come to see and understand our culture, the guests but also our children learn about the old traditions which is very important for our community. ..."

Tsamkxao, Manager of the Living Hunter's Museum

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Mbunza

The Living Museum of the Mbunza at Lake Samsitu, reconstructing the "old Africa"

  • Opening: 2012
  • Culture: Bantu culture with main focus on fishing
  • Highlights: "A Day together with the Mbunza" - 4 hours cultural program
  • Setup: Several traditional huts inside a large traditional village, kitchen, blacksmith, craft shop
Mbunza Sebron

"... Our Living Museum which has 25 people is a good tool to let people understand the value of our culture, where we come from and where we can go. We are proud of our culture and are happy to learn about people from all over the world who are visiting us. ..."

Sebron Ruben, Manager of the Mbunza Living Museum

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Ovahimba

The Living Museum of the Ovahimba north of Opuwo in the Kaokoveld

  • Opening: 2016
  • Culture: Unique semi-nomadic Bantu culture
  • Highlights: 5 hours "Spend a day with us" program
  • Setup: Large homestead including main hut, holy fire, life stock kraal
Ovahimba John

"... We have 32 actors in our museum. We were able to discover the old and lost traditional Ovahimba culture. The Living Museum is very succesful and the actors are benefitting from it directly and indirectly thorugh the selling of crafts very much ..."

John, Manager of the Ovahimba Living Museum

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Juhoansi

Das Lebende Museum der Ju/'Hoansi - Namibias erstes Lebendes Museum

  • Eröffnung: 2004
  • Kultur: Jäger- und Sammler-Kultur der San
  • Höhepunkte: "Action Day" - 4 Stunden intensives Kennenlernen der faszinierenden Kultur
  • Setup: Mehrere Grashütten, Campingplatz, Craftshop
Grashoek Apollo

"... Unser Lebendes Museum hat 76 Akteure im Moment. Alle Leute sind zufrieden mit der Arbeit im Museum. Das Ziel unseres Museums ist es, die Gemeinschaft in Grashoek zu entwickeln. Daneben ist es eine Schule, wo die Ältesten die Jungen unterrichten..."

Apollo, Manager des Lebenden Museums

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Mafwe

Das Lebende Museum der Mafwe im Caprivi unter Baobabbäumen

  • Eröffnung: 2008
  • Kultur: Fischerei- und Farmerkultur der Mafwe
  • Höhepunkte: "Ein Tag zusammen mit den Mafwe " - 4 Stunden interaktives Programm
  • Setup: Kraal, Mehrere traditionelle Lehmhütten, traditionelle Küche, Busch-Campingplatz, Craftshop
Mafwe Elizabeth

"... Das Mafwe Museum hat 38 permanent angestellte Aktuere und 12 Studenten im Moment. Wir haben verstanden, dass wir unsere traditionalle Kultur teilen müssen und das Lebende Museum ist der richtige Ansatz dafür, weil die Mafwe stolz auf ihre Kultur sind!..."

Elizabeth Madima, Manager des Mafwe Living Museum

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Damara

Das Lebende Museum der Damara bei Twyfelfontein - Rekonstruktion der "verlorenen" Damara Kultur

  • Eröffnung: 2010
  • Kultur: Jäger- und Sammlerkultur der Damara
  • Höhepunkte: "Traditionelles Leben" - 1 Stunde kurzweiliges Programm
  • Setup: Kraal, Mehrere traditionelle Hütten, Apotheke, Schmiede, Craftshop
Damara Hans

"... Das Damara Museum hat 30 Akteure. Wir nennen es "Taotatide" in unserer Sprache, was soviel bedeutet wie "Wir sind stolz auf unsere Kultur". Die Akteure sind glücklich und stolz auf ihre Arbeit. Für die Zukunft planen wir einen Campingplatz und weitere Verbesserungen im Museum..."

Hans-Bernhard, Manager des Damara Living Museum

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LittleHunters

Als einziges Museum bietet das Little Hunter's Museum die Möglichkeit zu einer traditionellen Jagd

  • Eröffnung: 2010
  • Kultur: Jäger- und Sammlerkultur der San
  • Höhepunkte: "3 Tage in der Wildnis" - mehrtägiges, intensives Kennenlern-Programm
  • Setup: Mehrere Grashütten, Campingplatz, Craftshop
Hunters Ksamkxao

"... Wir haben 25 Akteure in unserem Museum. Wenn die Besucher kommen, um unsere Kultur zu sehen und zu verstehen, lernen die Gäste über unsere alten Traditionen, aber auch unsere Kinder, was sehr wichtig für unsere Gemeinschaft ist. ..."

Tsamkxao, Manager des Living Hunter's Museum

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Mbunza

Das Lebende Museum der Mbunza am Samsitu See, das alte Afrika am Okavango rekonstruiert

  • Eröffnung: 2012
  • Kultur: Bantukultur mit Schwerpunkt Fischerei
  • Höhepunkte: "Ein Tag mit den Mbunza" - 4 Stunden Intensiv-Programm
  • Setup: Mehrere traditionelle Hütten im Kraal, Küche, Werkstätten, Schmiede, Craftshop
Mbunza Sebron

"... Unser Lebendes Museum, bei welchem 25 Leute arbeiten, ist eine gute Möglichkeit, den Besuchern den Wert unserer Kultur zu verdeutlichen, woher die Mbunza kommen und wohin sie gehen. Wir sind stolz auf unsere Kultur und auch glücklich etwas über die Besucher aus aller Welt zu lernen..."

Sebron Ruben, Manager des Mbunza Living Museum

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Ovahimba

Das Lebende Museum der Ovahimba nördlich von Opuwo

  • Eröffnung: 2016
  • Kultur: Einzigartige halbnomadische Bantukultur
  • Höhepunkte: 5 Stunden Ganztagsprogramm
  • Setup: Großes Gehöft inklusive Hauptfrauenhütte, Heiliges Feuer, Viehkraal
Ovahimba John

"... Wir haben 32 Akteure in unserem Museum. Wir haben es geschafft, die alte Ovahimbakultur wiederzubeleben. Das Lebende Museum ist sehr erfolgreich und die Akteure profitieren direkt und indirekt, zum Beispiel durch Schmuckverkauf..."

John, Manager des Ovahimba Living Museum

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