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Great Zimbabwe

Address: Masvingo, Zimbabwe
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Ranked #1 of 1 Attractions in Masvingo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues, Cultural
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Owner description: 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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Harare, Zimbabwe
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39 reviews 39 reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

You need to be there early in the morning as it is a steep climb to the Kings residence on the top of the hill and should be done before it gets too hot. It opens from 6 till 6 and it is well worth taking a guide although you are allowed to wander around on your own. There is... More

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Geelong, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

We had wonderful guides that knew the history of this amazing place. We were in awe and consider this day to be a highlight of our trip.

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Wylam, England, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Apart from Victoria Falls,this is the most visited attraction in Zimbabwe, and its clear to see why. r Approximately 30 mins drive from Masvingo the site lies not far off the dusty track, and is modestly and surprisingly understated in signage. As I became used to, there are two entry prices: one for locals, and one for tourists, and approximately... More

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London
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

this is an amazing place, the remains of an ancient and powerful empire, and a shaming part of the colonial story too. I'd recommend hiring a guide at the gate - it does not cost much and ours- Sandra- was a very engaging history student who made the visit much more engaging. I'd also recommend the shona viilage part of... More

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Québec
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124 reviews 124 reviews
37 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Take a guide to visit it, you will appreciate. Really not many places like that in Africa and it is quite interesting to see how was organized the society 700 hundred years ago in the area.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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53 reviews 53 reviews
6 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

After an approx twenty year gap, we visited this great place again. This time with our kids. As foreigners your are charged $15 per adult (that includes a 14 year old), which is well worth the money, and less then comparable sites around the globe. The ruins, the walk, surroundings, and view are just amazing. This is the largest of... More

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Harare, Zimbabwe
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27 reviews 27 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

A quick tour, enjoying the best of it, requires one hour, an excellent option being early morning, even before breakfast at your hotel. If you have more time, plan for 2-3 hours to enjoy every bit of it.

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Israel
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

We had an excellent trip to the monument. The site brings back history of Africa and inspires the imagination. The guide was informative and excellent. It's really a must to take a guide. Worth the visit.

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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 via mobile

This was a surprise. I'd never heard of it before and was blown away by it!! Really good morning climbing the ruins.

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11 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Impressive but a hike to the ruins . World Heritage site and one of the few great historical sites in the country. Interesting history to the ruins

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