Damara Living Museum, Damaraland

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Learn some bush skills on a guided tour and get an insight into one of the oldest traditional nations in Namibia at Damara Living Museum, a world-famous museum of rock engravings and home to the nearly extinct Damara people. In an attempt to reconstruct the almost lost culture, a traditional village with thatched huts was set up at the foot of a boulder. As you explore the village, local women will show you which plants from the bush are good for food, medicine, and perfume, while men will teach you how to set up snare traps and light a fire using traditional methods. You'll see a mixture of hunter-gatherer and cattle-herding lifestyles, with some of the Damara making their living selling minerals. Plan your Damara Living Museum visit and explore what else you can see and do in Damaraland using our Damaraland day trip tool.
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  • The Damara living museum is a must place to go to get an understanding of how the Damara people of Namibia used to live. The participants are passionate in keeping their traditions alive and pass on....  more »
  • Was actually very interesting to go to the various stations within the village, the blacksmith portion the healer, and see ritual dances. Also has a locally crafted goods store.  more »
  • If learning about different (especially primitive) cultures is your thing, you will probably enjoy it. Kudos to the people who managed to create some value in that area.
  • The nicest people I ever met! So pure!
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