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Great Zimbabwe

Address: Masvingo, Zimbabwe
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Ranked #1 of 1 Attractions in Masvingo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: This is now the great capital of great significance ancient monument south of the Sahara; in Africa...
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Type: Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues, Sights & Landmarks
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.
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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 NEW

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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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 NEW

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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Canada
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13 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

We had seen a National Geographic documentary on Great Zimbabwe a few years ago and so when we had the chance to visit the country, we were lucky to be able to include a visit to this historical landmark among our tours. It is huge and it is amazing how all the stone buildings were built so many, many years... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

In this world you can know everything from a click of a mouse and a search on Wikipedia. But African history has often been ignored and to understand the history of a local area and its civilisation with such detail with an amazing guide was fascinating. Highly recommend this place for a bit of history and a break from Safaris,... More 

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Harare, Zimbabwe
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

You need to be there early in the morning as it is a steep climb to the Kings residence on the top of the hill and should be done before it gets too hot. It opens from 6 till 6 and it is well worth taking a guide although you are allowed to wander around on your own. There is... More 

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Geelong, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

We had wonderful guides that knew the history of this amazing place. We were in awe and consider this day to be a highlight of our trip.

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Wylam, England, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Apart from Victoria Falls,this is the most visited attraction in Zimbabwe, and its clear to see why. r Approximately 30 mins drive from Masvingo the site lies not far off the dusty track, and is modestly and surprisingly understated in signage. As I became used to, there are two entry prices: one for locals, and one for tourists, and approximately... More 

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London
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

this is an amazing place, the remains of an ancient and powerful empire, and a shaming part of the colonial story too. I'd recommend hiring a guide at the gate - it does not cost much and ours- Sandra- was a very engaging history student who made the visit much more engaging. I'd also recommend the shona viilage part of... More 

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