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Great Zimbabwe

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Address: Masvingo, Zimbabwe
Phone Number: 263774011364
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This is now the great capital of great significance ancient monument...

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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What an adventure it was. The place is worth seeing and u will burn out your fat when climbing the mountain. also the view of Lake mtirikwi... its tremendous, catchy.. a must see... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

What an adventure it was. The place is worth seeing and u will burn out your fat when climbing the mountain. also the view of Lake mtirikwi... its tremendous, catchy.. a must see view especially when the sun set...

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What a mesmerising experience. Had a great guide who was very informative . Lots of walking so you need to wear the right shoes and ensure you have water with you, especially in the warmer weather! Fascinating history. Loved every minute here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Do it. A long hot walk to the top. Unique and mysterious in Africa. Where and why would people build with stone if they had only known mud brick and thatch.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Monuments and old things don't rock my world, but this place is worth seeing and made all the more interesting by having a guide to explain the detail.

Thank andyandy159
Livingstone, Zambia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Great Zimbabwe Ruins are an authentic architectural human ingenuity structures. As a world heritage site you have to see them to appreciate's how far man has come. The structures have survived time and demonstrate creativity is not today's preserve.The structures were built to many aspects of life, protection, Spiritual and geographical alignment all included. Once you are there you... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

This was probably one of the nicest things we did in Zimbabwe, the guide was fantastic and we thoroughly enjoyed our time here. We went really early so didn't catch any dancing or music at the model Shona village, but it didn't take away from the experience. Also going early means it is cooler and climbing the hill is easier.... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015 via mobile

The amazing thing about a visit to Great Zimbabwe is that you actually get to walk, touch, see and experience an ancient city up close and personal.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

We didn't know anything about the history of Zimbabwe, so we enjoyed the information our guide provided. After visiting the hill complex, the museum and the wives' quarters we were taken to a mock Shona village nearby where several people did a quick song & dance for a tip, which we would have been happ to skip. A word of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

when paying the entrance fee there is the option of being guided for an additional $3 I would highly recommend this option. We have visited this UNESCO site on previous occasions but none as memorable as this time. The guide we had was well informed and spoke exellent english, he made it all come alive.There is a museum on site... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

I have wanted to visit this site for many years & I was amazed by it. We had a very good guide who explained the history & building techniques with great enthusiasm. Even watching documentaries cannot prepare you for the sheer magnificence of the site. It is lovely to walk round the site & see the views from the hilltop.... More 

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