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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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Great Zimbabwe is more than great

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... read more

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

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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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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Bulawayo
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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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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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Johannesburg, South Africa
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

The ruins at Great Zimbabwe are not to be missed. Amazing to experience the history and sophistication of this powerful African kingdom that flourished between the fourteen and sixteenth centuries. Our guide was excellent and well-informed. The walk up to the top of the hill (where the king lived) is short but steep. The Great Enclosure is a wonder of... More 

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Blantyre, Malawi
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Great Zimbabwe is surprisingly a fabulous family day out... Even in the rain. Our kids aged from 5 through to 8 years loved it. A real outdoor adventure to climb up all the steps up to the Hill Complex and a great guide called Mc who knew his history and kept the kids interested. Shouting down the valley from the... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

There was an incredible amount of litter around, especially on the Hill complex. It spoiled the place for me. They could use the substantial entry fees more productively in keeping the place attractive. I have also never seen a major tourist attraction (and source of National Pride) so badly signposted. If you are not a local you can miss crucial... More 

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Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

The giant monument reminds us that the nation has always had a sense of history which it still guards jealously. The ancient building will not fail to fascinate and intrigue. It is a likable place with its traditional village and traditional artefacts on sale. However the ascent to the hill complex is not for the rather faint hearted because its... More 

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