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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 south...

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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Visit to the ruins

Rich history and worth the visit. Steep climbs so comfortable clothing required. Good walking shoes also necessary. Should get a personal guide for best explanations of how the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Sanliurfa Province, Turkey
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Sanliurfa Province, Turkey
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Rich history and worth the visit. Steep climbs so comfortable clothing required. Good walking shoes also necessary. Should get a personal guide for best explanations of how the ruins were built. Also visit the Village for a touch of Zimbabwean rural life.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We had a tour guide called Bright and he gave us a brilliant tour I had been here a number of years ago and I felt like it was my first time here as he told us so much more. I love Great Zimbabwe it truly is one of my favorite places in the world. I would visit every 2... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the attraction from where the Zimbabwe derives its name. The imposing rock edifice was the residence of an ancient ruler who preferred to live in fortified and secured area as it also had a gold smelter. Students of architecture can learn alot from the rock works. It has a very rich story behind it. Definitely worth the while.... More 

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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did a tour with Lovemore (one of the guides there). It was fantastic. I have been before but for the small cost it made the visit fascinating. These guys really need your support so please employ them.

Thank 615traveller
Arusha Region, Tanzania
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visiting Great Zimbabwe was a fantastic cultural experience. There was something for everyone. I loved the views from the Hill Enclosure and the kids enjoyed the museum as well as the Great Enclosure with its maze of stone walls and ancient paths. The cultural village provided an insight into local traditional dances and a chance to buy curios. Overall a... More 

Thank Yvonne C
Glasgow, Scotland
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111 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not the easiest place to get to, but it's a real must for anyone interested in archaeology or African history. The site is dramatic and well maintained, giving a wonderful insight into the medieval Shona culture which built it. Hiring a local guide is highly recommended to explain the various parts of the complex and some of the architecture is... More 

Thank amm1u
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

this a monumental place, history can be lived. We took a guide who took us through the place and we enjoyed knowing all the ancient way of life in the sacred place. "muchemedza mbuya" the traditional Viagra for the king with more than 300wives and the baricade for war. the power needed to climb the mountain and the conical tower... More 

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Luderitz, Namibia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

Steeped in mystery and ancient history this place is awe inspiring. I have been visiting Great Zimbabwe since I was a child and I never cease to be amazed by the skill and ingenuity of the ancient people who built those walls.

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Round the world
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37 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

Its a great place but it is so annoying that they charge tourists much more than locals and even they are not bothered to keep the place clean.

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Doha, Qatar
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

Yes I had heard about the walls built of stone without mortar from my youth. Yes we had had a bit of lectures at school about this monument, but no, it took a real visit to fully grasp what lies in this part of Zimbabwe. We went as a family. From the Hill complex to the Great enclosures to the... More 

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