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Khami Ruins

22 km west of Bulawayo, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
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Ranked #8 of 11 Attractions in Bulawayo
Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
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Owner description: Constructed in the 16th century, this is a site of the former capital and major trading city.
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Melbourne, Australia
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The road to the site less than 30 mins from Bulawayo is in poor condition (gravel and where sealed pot-holes) and considering it is a UNESCO site and second in importance to the Great Zimbabwe it is a disgrace. The museum was closed or more correctly not completed, with staff including police sitting under trees. No map was provided -... More

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Claremont, California
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72 reviews 72 reviews
23 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

These ruins are more extensive than expected and highly photogenic. Without our expert guide, however, I'm not sure I would have understood what I was looking at. Some kind of site interpretation is desperately needed.

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Al Khor, Qatar
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Bit of a hassle to get at, only 22km from Bulawayo. But the road truns into a bit of a mess, taxi had to go very slowly. For $10 entry fee ($3 locals) it's well worth is. There is a friendly and knowlegeable guide that you can hire - you decide the fee, Take a picnic and if you have... More

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Valencia, Spain
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

Nice ruins. We were lucky to find a local to show us the ruins, otherwise you can find most of them since there are no indications. Khami ruins are some 20km north of Bulawayo, and it's possible to see them combined with the Matopo Hills on the same day.

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

Khami is a great place to visit, so peaceful and quiet. Having a guide is a must as very informative and without just seems a pile of rocks. Like many places mid week, we were only visitors there so got an exclusive tour and could explore everywhere. I've been to great zim as well and for a 'foreigner' this gives... More

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Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

Khami Ruins situated just 22 km west of Bulawayo collects a wonderful scenery and educational history of the Rozvi Mambo who once settled during the 18th century after they left the Great Zimbabwe Ruins and these ruins were built strategically to protect themselves against enemies who will be trying to overpower his leadership. Khami is a river which adjoin the... More

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Nyon, Switzerland
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44 reviews 44 reviews
17 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

Khame Ruins are somewhat outside of Bulawayo and can be a pain to reach if you don't have a car. You can rent a taxi which is quite expensive. I tried by commuter, but there is none that goes to the ruins themselves, so agreed with the driver to take me there and wait for me for a quite big... More

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Millom, United Kingdom
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120 reviews 120 reviews
43 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

An important piece of African history in an authentic setting, surrounded by wonderful scenery

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Top Contributor
118 reviews 118 reviews
63 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2012

Our time was limited, so we decided on Khami Ruins instead of Great Zimbabwe, which were very well preserved and easy to get around. We spent about four hours touring using a guidebook, but guides are available if required. The signposting to get there isn't brilliant so ask in Bulawayo

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Longmont Co
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2012

I visited Khami ruins last week. The road is okay, by Zimbabwe standards. There was one road block, the police were polite and did not try to shake us down for a bribe. There is a site attendant and a police officer at the gate (just a chain between two poles, which the policeman lets down for you to drive... More

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