Two active “living museum” communities give insight into some of the past and present practices of Kavango and Mafwe cultures respectively. On the shores of Lake Samsitu, the Mbunza Living Museum (daily 8am–5pm; w lcfn.info/mbunza) offers tours of varying lengths, allowing you to learn about and experience traditional fishing and agricultural techniques, and a whole host of skills, from basketry and mat-weaving to drum-making. Indeed if crafts are your main interest, you can undertake a craft workshop and focus on making an item to take away with you. The village is located 14km west of Rundu, signposted off the road to Hakusembe Lodge.
The Mafwe Living Museum (daily 8am–5pm; w lcfn.info/mafwe), located on a hillside overlooking the scenic Kwando River, offers a similar interactive programme: you can learn how to use an animal trap or weave a fishing net, or go on a bushwalk. The village is signposted north off the B8 just west of Kongola, and is located 19km along the D3509, close to where the Namibian, Angolan and Zambian borders converge.
Tours for both communities cost from N$150/person, and you’ll find a range of well-made crafts for sale at both locations.