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Damara Living Museum

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Address: D2612 | About 10 km north of Twyfelfontein, 9000, Namibia
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+264 (0) 81 650 86 34
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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A Nice Basic Understanding of Damara Culture

I visited this Living Museum on a work trip with some of my Damara colleagues, who enjoyed showing their culture to the visitors who came to Namibia. It was very interesting to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Alex Y
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I visited this Living Museum on a work trip with some of my Damara colleagues, who enjoyed showing their culture to the visitors who came to Namibia. It was very interesting to see the traditional clothing, drinks and jewelry, made by the women who worked there, as well as the dancing and singing.

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Thank Alex Y
Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a cleverly arranged and highly instructive live representation of the past. Dress is scanty but authentic. Herbs, iron smithing, fire making, dress, jewellery, song and dance all featured. The chieftains strategic ball game to settle inter-tribal disputes was a great feature. All "housing" was reconstructions of the real thing.

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Thank Chrisbeeoxford
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Museum is made up as a Damara village with staff in local costumes. Entrance fee is small N80$ each and a guide will take you around giving you information on ancient Damara life. Very interesting and with a visit.

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Thank Rodney C
Durban, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You are taken to meet Damara people where they show you how the men and women of the tribe spend their days and their way of life.

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Thank debbiepars0ns
Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017

on arrival we were met by an English speaking guide and asked to follow her into a small enclosure of shacks. She reeled off a prepared talk and obviously found it all very boring. There was a demonstration of making fire, traditional herbal remedies, removing hair from a goatskin, and a short traditional dance. The dancers , dressed in traditional... More 

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Thank Chris R
Inverness, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2017

Well worth a visit. Not entirely authentic, but you get a guided tour and shown many aspects of how local Damara people lived. Firemaking, a pharmacy, a clever game their village head would have played with stones, how they use animal skins, and there is of course singing and dancing. It's quite a spectacular setting too. Just by a small... More 

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Thank NGPAT
Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

We were not sure where our guide was taking us but really enjoyed our visit, the entrance is through a huge split boulder , inside there is a fascinating demonstration of what life was like for the indigenous people, the first time I have seen a fire started by rubbing sticks together!

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Thank Doc061
Preston, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Lots of interesting demonstrations - pharmacy, firemaking, forge, etc wound up at the end by evreyone demonstrating some dances. This is the day job for these Damara people who are brought in daily. Besides, entrance fees support the local community. Definitely entertaining and worth a visit.

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Thank djpend
Windhoek, Namibia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Was so proud to see how helpful this place is, because I like African culture. Good performance delivered.

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Thank simonkavax
Munich, Germany
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

We visited the Damara Museum as it was next to the wonderful engravings of Twyfelfontein. Unfortunately, we do not agree with the (exceptionally good) ratings on this page. For people who read information about the Damara culture and who talked to Damara people before, you quickly realize that the image you get from this museum is not that much about... More 

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