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) 81 650 8634 (Hansbernhard Naobes)
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 are:
Does the Living Museum offer camping?
No, unfortunately the Living Museum doesn’t offer camping yet. Recommended campsites are:
- Aba Huab Campsite
- Abadi Mountain Camp
- Madisa Campsite
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/damara/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 Damara.
Endlich Endlich! I was looking a long time for a place and an impression like this. Thanks a lot for this opportunity – it’s amazing! Good luck for the future!...
Charlotte & Andrea, England:
Thank you sooo much for a very interesting and lovely tour. We cross our fingers that a lot of people wil support this. Please keep your beautiful traditions forever.
Lars & Vanessa, Germany:
It was one of the most interesting things we have seen in Namibia. Thank you so much!
Briano & Volker, Italy & Germany
Very interesting and well thought out project. We wish you lots of luck and keep up the good work,
Karin & Günther, Germany:
Wir wollten eigentlich die Felsmalereien ansehen, aber hier war es viel schöner.
Dieser Besuch stellte den absoluten Höhepunkt unseres Afrika-Besuches dar. Einfach wunderbar.
As a Namibian I realized I have so much to learn about the beautiful people of this country – so rich in diversity!
Jo & Hans, Germany:
Das tollste Museum, in dem ich je gewesen bin. Vielen Dank und alles Gute!
The Philippe family, USA:
Thank you for sharing your unique and deeply rich cultural heritage.
Gerard & Maya, Namibia:
Really fantastic that you try to make the revival of your culture.
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. 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.
- N$ 80.00 / Person
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.
- N$ 70.00 / Person
3. Traditional Life & Bushwalk:
Combines programs 1 & 2 for the complete traditional Damara experience.
- N$ 140.00 / Person
4. Our modern village (on request)
Visit our home village, Louw-In, with a guide and learn how we live today. It is just 2 km away from the Living Museum.
- N$ 70.00 / Person
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 Damara
The Living Museum of the Damara close to Twyfelfontein is the first traditional Damara project in Namibia and the only one of its kind. The possibility to experience the traditional Damara culture in this form exists nowhere else in Namibia or in the world.
The unique experience of historic Damara culture
Together with the Bushmen the Damara belong to the oldest nations in Namibia. Their original culture was a mixture of an archaic hunter-gatherer culture and herders of cattle, goats and sheep. 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.
Lost culture of the Damara
Within the framework of the Living Museum of the Damara an attempt was made to reconstruct the ‚lost culture’ of the Damara. Here the visitors have the unique opportunity to get to know the fascinating traditional culture of the Damara, thus contributing to the preservation of the culture as well as to a regular income for the Damara community that built the museum.
Don't miss this chance of a lifetime!
Information about the Living Museum and the language group of the Damara.