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Damara Living Museum

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

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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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Preston, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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Windhoek, Namibia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

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

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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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Kent, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

I did enjoy my visit as we had a great guide who spoke excellent English and was so enthusiastic. However, I left feeling uncomfortable as I felt like an intruder and would not want tourists coming to poke around my home! Other members of the group did not hide their boredom, and the kids showed off terribly. I appreciate the... More 

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Alabama
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

There's not a whole lot to do in this area, so you really should stop by. It's pretty typical of this sort of tourist attraction. They sing and dance, then take you to different stations to see how life was. We were there in August and it was SO HOT! Go very early in the morning, take plenty of water,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

Wary of such attractions for the paying tourist elsewhere in the world, here our young guide Simon showed us with the aid of his friends and family a wonderful insight in to a Damara village of the past. Tool making, tradition medicines including early probiotic therapy led to a final traditional song and dance. My cynical heart was melted with... More 

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Kent
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

We were met by an engaging young lady who took us into the village and showed around the various aspects represented here on the Damara peoples life of the past. Short bushwalk followed by a demonstration of dance and song. Well worth the visit and modest cost.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

Two families of 4 travelling with 2 teens each. Educational, but pretty much what you would expect in this type of tour. They have multiple stations set up to show you how life is/was in the area. Not too much else to do in the area, so it's pretty much a must see while you're there. Sharon was our guide,... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

Staffed by the local Damara community, the living museum is located in a fantastic rocky outcrop. Different trades are demonstrated including the "pharmacy", the "firemaking" stop, the forge, the dance, the pelt station, and even a modest gift shop. Good to visit to see the traditional way of life which is probably common to all early humans, not just the... More 

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