About The Damara Living Museum
Immerse yourself in Damara culture
There’s no better place to learn all about Damara culture first-hand than by visiting the Living Museum of the Damara. You won’t get this opportunity anywhere else in the world.
This community run museum is the perfect complement to a trip to see the historic sites at Twyfelfontein and provides interesting insights into one of Namibia’s oldest cultural groups.
Experiences on Offer at the Damara Living Museum
The Damara people practice a peaceful and archaic hunter-gatherer lifestyle mixed with the practice of keeping goats, cattle, and sheep. Their traditional social structures are loose, making them defenceless against aggressive marauders during the colonization of Namibia.
As a result, true Damara people have become rare in Namibia, making up just over 8% of the country’s total population. Although Damara people occupy many areas of Namibia, they’re most at home in the northern reaches of the country.
Like most historic cultures the Damara people have lost some of their traditions along the way, which is what makes this museum so significant. Here, the old ways are preserved for future generations as well as culture buffs interested in exploring the Damara heritage.
What to See at the Damara Living Museum
This museum comprises three main sections. These are a functioning Damara village, an information centre, and a craft market. All these bring in income for the Damara people who own and run the museum.
During a tour of the living museum, you can learn more about the following aspects of Damara daily routine:
- Traditional blacksmithing (weapons and tools)
- Leather tanning
- Traditional clothes making
- Jewellery and crafts
- Dancing and singing
- Traditional games
- Fire making and Holy Fire
Finish your visit by picking up some mementos of your time at the craft village and support these local artisans.
Getting to the Damara Living Museum
The Damara Living Museum is about four and a half hours’ drive from Windhoek, so it’s best to plan an overnight stay if you want to head there from the capital city.
You’ll find plenty of guesthouses, bed and breakfasts, and even a campsite in this area.
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If you’re flying in to Windhoek at the outset of your trip, book your accommodation at Arebbusch Travel Lodge, to get your travels off to a great start.
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