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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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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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15 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
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 reviews 4 reviews
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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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8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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22 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
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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87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
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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NY
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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Hoedspruit, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

An excellent guide (called Champion) made a huge difference to our time around the facility. A really amazing experience.

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Recklinghausen, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

We took the most incredible tour of Zimbabwe with Valentine and Wild South Safaris. He customised a private tour for us at such a good price, took us to all the most interesting and exciting places, and knew all the best activities we would like. I would recommend anyone to go on a trip with him- I can't wait to... More

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Dowagiac, Michigan
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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