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Great Zimbabwe

Masvingo, Zimbabwe
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Ranked #1 of 1 attractions in Masvingo
Type: Monuments/ Statues, Historic Sites
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... more » 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. « less
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Dowagiac, Michigan
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20 reviews 20 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

I had never heard of this Unesco site, but it was included in our recent trip to Africa and I'm so glad that it was. We had a wonderful tour guide, Philip, who was obviously proud of this sacred place and had much information to share with us. We had a rather large group, about 20, but he made sure... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Visited GZ during a rainy morning when there was lots of mist making the area look ethereal and mysterious. We had a great guide who was able to provide us with a comprehensive history of GZ while climbing over rocks and navigating narrow passages.

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Sydney, Australia
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44 reviews 44 reviews
13 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

The golden reflection of the rising sun on the rocks was amazing... Early in the day there is so much peace and tranquillity. I was absolutely blown away by the history of this World Heritage site. Although a long distance from other attractions, it was definitely worth the trip. Plus along the way we got to meet some friendly Zimbabweans,... More

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

Such History and certainly refurbished since 2007, power issues mean't Museum shut . This historic site is worth a visit again and again, take a guide for a good visit

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Harare
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

This was my first visit to Great Zimbabwe, which is a shame because as a Zimbabwean of Shona descent I think this is something you definitely have to see and read as much as you can about. After this experience i will definitely seek out the other ruin sites around the country (which i did not know about until this... More

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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

A nice place to wonder around and imagine what life must have been like. We regretted not having a guide but felt we had paid enough just to get in.

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Fredericia, Vejle, Denmark
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

Just 5km from the village where I was born and raised. The Great Zimbabwe ruins is just amaizing. I have visited them many times and still each time I am amaized of the great Work my great, great, great forefathers did. I just love visiting the place and I am proud of this long everlastning inheritage.:-)

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Paternoster, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013 via mobile

Up the ancient pathway to the hilltop , mounting the ancient steps and constantly reminded of an ancient civilization by the meticulously laid stone walls one cannot but be impressed by the citadel fortress and the Great Enclosure sited on the plain below. A must see on a Zimbabwe itinerary.

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Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

Even if you aren't a history buff, it is well worth visiting the ruins just from an adventure point of view. Starting with the ancient route, you fell yourself transported way back in time, especially when squeezing through narrow paths between boulders. The views from the citadel are magnificent and with little imagination you can guess how life would have... More

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Johannesburg
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

Fascinating place! It's definitely worth paying the $3 extra for the guided tour (it's $15pp entry to Great Zimbabwe for those who are not Zimbabwean nationals). Our guide, Stephan, was brilliant. He took the time to answer our many questions and gave us a very informative experience of the ruins. He was also happy to take photos of us in... More

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