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Great Zimbabwe

Masvingo, Zimbabwe
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Ranked #1 of 1 Attractions in Masvingo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

We've been living in Southern Africa for a while, and have made a point to visit the lesser known attractions, but this blew all the popular and less-popular ones out of the water. How this isn't a major tourist attraction is beyond us. Incredible site, the on site accommodations were quite comfortable (not kitchen, but fire places, electric, and very... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

This was my second visit in 3 years. I would recommend that you use a guide - we used Phillip and he was fantastic, great sense of humour, knew the history and was very patient. Cost was only $3 for 2-3 hours. The museum is OK by African standards although it is a little disconcerting to have police follow you... More

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Gweru, Zimbabwe
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Great Zimbabwe is an ancient city which may have housed the heart of the Munhumutapa empire. It has two main complexes, a hilltop complex and a lower complex. Getting to the hilltop complex is a bit of a hike but not a tough one. Yet it's worth it to take the time to get there as you get to see... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Very nice surroundings. Great view. But the entrance fees are a bit over the top and at the gate you are greeted by a strange police man who seems to have drunk a bit too much local ale (perhaps a one time occurrence?). We chose not to use a guided tour. The museum is of very poor quality and you... More

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Khalkis, Greece
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

The place holds a great energy. The ruins are still there since 14th century and its amazing to see 15mt height walls to stand still without any mortar at all. Its the first ancient building in sub saharan Africa and its a MUST see if you make it to south Zimbabwe. The campsite which is adjacent to the ruins is... More

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Paris, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Great Zimbabwe is a historic site 3 hours south of Harare, the capital, by car and is near the town of Masvingo. The ruins are concentrated in three different spots on the site: the "Hill Ruins" are atop a hill where there are shy monkeys-they are accessible by three passageways, the easiest being the longest and the hardest being the... More

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Stroud, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

If holidaying in Zimbabwe, a visit to the Great Zimbabwe Ruins should be included in your itinerary. Close to the town of Masvingo (formerly Fort Victoria) and local hotels, Great Zimbabwe offers visitors insights into the country's ancient civilizations. The granite stonework is amazing and it is recommended that you go on a guided tour which will take you about... More

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Oudtshoorn, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

We didn't use a guide which made the visit somehow uninteresting. The paths are not well marked, so you get somehow lost. Entrance fee is too high ( 15 US dollar pp) , seen that no maintenance is done. So, one advise, make use of a guide when visiting. Don't stay at the hotel on the grounds as it is... More

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Perth, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

The ruins are very interesting to explore and you could quite easily spend several hours in the main complex looking in all the different sections. The views are great as the sun sets as well. I would give the fake village a miss as it is mostly an opportunity to be sold carvings and watch dancing and then be asked... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I had the unfortunate experience of dealing with Valentine Gumpo of the Wild South Safaris. I booked a safari trip through South Africa (Krueger and Chobe) and Cape town for August 2014. I had booked it in February 2014 and paid in full. Now when I went to confirm all of my hotels I am finding that I do not... More

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