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Address: Masvingo, Zimbabwe
Description: This is now the great capital of great significance ancient monument south...
This is now the great capital of great significance ancient monument south of the Sahara; in Africa it is second in size and importance to the Egyptian Pyramids. The towering stone houses Dzimba dzamabwe were home of 2000 shona speaking people that prospered between 12th and 15th centuries and its 270 hectares in size. That's where the beautiful stylish fish eagle was found i.e, the Zimbabwe bird on the national flag. The country was later on named Zimbabwe derived from the ruins.Every structure was built using a dry stone technquie- entirely without mortar-involving millions of stones, each one supporting another.
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Mystical

I am a Jesus follower, so do not believe in any weird things, but if there is one place that feels "mystical" to me, it is the Zimbabwe ruins. Maybe the lay-out of the place, the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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Pretoria, South Africa
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Pretoria, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

I am a Jesus follower, so do not believe in any weird things, but if there is one place that feels "mystical" to me, it is the Zimbabwe ruins. Maybe the lay-out of the place, the scenery - it all adds to a fantastic experience there.

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Hoylake, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

This is the history of Zimbabwe and everyone should, if they can, visit them. They are really very impressive and our guide, Philip, was very well informed and very funny. Hard work but well worth the effort

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

I didn't know much about the Great Zimbabwe before I arrived but I certainly learnt a lot when I arrived. It costs $15 for admission and $18 for admission with a guided tour. Definitely choose the latter option as the guides are great and will teach you a lot about the history of the area. Our guide was appropriately called... More 

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Overijse, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Having heard about this place since we have been in Africa (20 years) and having been several times to Zimbabwe but never to this place, we considered it a must but did not expect much more than some old ruins. It is much more than that. The ruins are very interesting and we did not need a guide to feel... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

While backpacking in southern Africa, hubby and I decided to head back to South Africa through Zimbabwe. Oftentimes, tourists zip through Zim quickly, possibly stopping at Vic Falls. More often than not, many choose to spend time in surrounding countries such as South Africa, Mozambique or even Malawi due to negative international reports on Zim government or local politics. If... More 

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Kelowna, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

A tremendous place to see and soak up the incredible history! Was here almost 25 years ago and it has a different more touristy feel to it now but still an incredible place to learn about African history.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

A great way to see and learn about an important piece of African history. It's fun to walk up to the Hilltop structure, which has great views of the surrounding areas. Equally impressive is the Great Enclosure, the largest standing ancient structure in Sub-Saharan Africa. The museum was also very clear and informative, but would benefit from some additional lighting.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

What an exercise going up the hill complex and coming down. The view of the valley is very splendid from the top. The stonework and craftsmanship is just marvelous!! Listening to guides giving you a history and legend of the place just blows your mind away. Enjoyed the baboons and the monkeys hope to visit again soon.

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Brisbane
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Great Zimbabwe is a must see if visiting this area. The sheer size of the structures and the incredible stonework and craftsmanship achieved are breathtaking. The climb to the chief's quarters and living area while a bit steep is definitely achievable and the view from the top just beautiful. The Great Enclosure dwarfs you when you're inside and is an... More 

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Harare, Zimbabwe
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

This monument is a definite must-see. The guides are incredibly helpful and well informed. It's quite a steep climb up the hill complex, that will definitely test one's fitness, I almost gave up but once I reached the top, I found it was well worth the climb. The curio shop is a bit pricey though.

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