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) 81 610 0052 (Apollo).
Remember, sometimes the lines are down in remote areas.
Do I have to pre book the 3-Days program?
Also for the 3-Days Program there is no need and no possibility to do a reservation.
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 Roy's Camp
Does the Living Museum offer camping?
Yes, the museum offers camping: More information about the campsite: 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. All 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) 81 610 0052 (Apollo).
Remember, sometimes the lines are down in remote areas.
Can I access the Living Museum as self-driver without a 4x4?
A 4x4 is recommended but not needed for the Living Museum. If you want to stay overnight you will need a 4x4 to access the campsite.
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/juhoansi/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.
Approach and opening hours
You can book a program and the campsite at the Living Museum directly at the reception. Pre bookings are not necessary / possible.
Please also read the "Frequently Asked Questions" section.
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Programs & Rates
1. Bush walk (± 1,5 h)
Bush walk with snaring, tracking and collecting bush food.
- N$ 150.00 / person
2. Singing, dancing and games (± 1,5 h)
Singing, dancing and games around the camp fire. Feel free to join in the fun.
- N$ 120.00 / person
3. Crafts in the village (± 2h)
Lighting a fire, making ropes and snares, jewellery, bow and arrow and prepare and taste traditional bush food. Learn and join in.
- N$ 150.00 / person
4. Action Day (± 4h)
It includes everything as in programme 3 as well as the bush walk, singing, dancing, wedding ceremony, playing games, shoot a bow, throw a spear and watch the traditional doctor healing a patient. We also teach you to make your own bow and arrow as well as ostrich egg pearls and your own jewellery the old way.
- N$ 270.00 / person
5. Walking in the wild (Day)
Lets go on an old traditional hunting- and gathering trip for as long as you wish. We will provide you with bow, arrows, digging stick and collecting skin (which you may buy if you want) and see what nature offers us. Take or leave your sleeping bag, but don’t forget to take along at least 5 L of water and a hat!
- N$ 250.00 / person
6. Evening Singing and Dancing (± 1,5h)
Evening Singing and Dancing around the camp fire in the Museum. Feel free to join in the fun.
- N$ 120.00 / person
7. Storytelling at night (± 1h)
After dinner you have the chance to sit together with a hunter at the camp fire in the Living Museum or at your campsite. He will tell you traditional stories of the Ju/’Hoansi. A guide will translate into English.
- N$ 150.00 / program
8. Grashoek (± 1h)
In addition to a visit to the traditional Living Museum you are welcome to visit our modern village and get an impression of how we live today (houses, school, shops, diesel pump).
- N$ 50.00 / person
9. 3 Day Exclusive Ju/’Hoansi Experience (3 days)
Day 1: Get to know your host family and make you own San equipment: You should start very early in the morning. A small San family including a hunter, his wife and their children will take care of you. Together you will produce some jewellery, ropes, you own bow and arrow. Included in the day is also blacksmithing an arrow head – if there is enough time. A lot of work! You can of course take your equipment home with you.
Day 2: A day in the bush: All your equipment will now be used during your day in the bush with your San family. Get to know the incredible knowledge of your San family when it comes to bush food and medicine. Eat what you find! Set up traps and practice shooting with your bow. Collect grass and wood for your own hut in the bush. If you want you can spend the night here. Take or leave your sleeping bag, but don’t forget to take along at least 5 L of water and a hat!
Day 3: Singing and dancing: Today your San family will introduce you into a bigger group and will give you insights into the traditional beliefs of the Ju/’Hoansi. You can take part into a healing ceremony and enjoy singing and dancing around a fire as well as some traditional games. At the end of the day you will visit your host family in the modern village and get to know how they live today.
- N$ 600.00 / person
- N$ 40.00 / person / day
- Water and fire wood available
The museum has a craft shop, where a lot of jewellery, tools, instruments and articles of daily use are being sold. The whole village and many surrounding villages profit from the sale of these products, as everyone is allowed to sell their crafts there.
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 Ju/'Hoansi-San
The Living Museum of the Ju/'Hoansi-San is the first Living Museum of Namibia. It is a cultural highlight in Namibia as well as a good example for a sustainable development.
The presentation of traditional San-culture
The Living Museum of the Ju/'Hoansi-San gives visitors an interesting insight into the life of the friendly San. 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 San. The Ju/'Hoansi bushmen demonstrate and describe everything with great dedication and the guide translates into english. Almost every offered programm is interactive, because it is also great fun for the Ju/'Hoansi when the visitors try to shoot an arrow, experience the special Ju/'Hoansi rope skipping or try to sing a an original song.
You won't forget a visit of the Living Museum
The Living Museum of the Ju/'Hoansi-San was initiated by the Namibian tour guide Werner Pfeifer and the teacher Ghau N!aici from Grashoek. Since July 2004 the ju/'Hoansi run their museum completely on their own. The Living Museum - the Ju/'Hoansi call it /Xao-o Ju/'Hoansi-Ga (the life of the Ju/'Hoansi) - consists of several huts, but actually this is only the surrounding of the open-air Museum: the San focus on showing their original lifestyle. They present the old, almost forgotten culture in traditional dresses in the midst of their reconstructed "nomad-village" from the ancient days. The San of the Living Museum set a high value on presenting the hunter-gatherer culture as authentic as possible.
Under the shades of majestic Mangetti trees right next to the Living Museum you will find a beautiful camp site. Three sites are available, each with a dry toilet, bucket shower and braai facilities. The rates are N$ 50.00 per person. Water and Fire wood is available.
Information about the Living Museum of the Ju/'Hoansi and the language group of the San.