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“Dzimba-dza-mabwe” 5 of 5 stars
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Great Zimbabwe
Masvingo, Zimbabwe
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Ranked #1 of 1 Attractions in Masvingo
Type: Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues, Cultural
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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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“Dzimba-dza-mabwe”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

The ruins of Great Zimbabwe lie in the southeastern hills of Zimbabwe near Lake Mutirikwe and the town of Masvingo. The monument was built by ancestors of the Shona people from the 11th until the 14th century and at its peak, could have housed up to 18,000 people. It is recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

If you are taking public transport...which I did...be prepared to spend hours waiting for a local bus which will be packed and then there is a long walk to get to the ruins. Wear breathable clothes, comfortable shoes and plenty of bottled water. Hire a guide or bring a good guidebook. There are hotels nearby.

Visited April 2013
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“Amazing Archaeological Site”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

Phillip was a great guide and really brought the sight to life for us. Be prepared to do some hiking.

Visited October 2013
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“interesting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

the place was worth the long walk and climb .The ruins carry a lot of history and our guide was cleary very knowledgeable and fielded all our questions .the history and magnitude of the site are worth the sweat and aching muscles.

Visited November 2012
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“Very interesting and well presented”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

Pay the extra $4.00 for a local guide, it was very much worth the extra money and brought the place alive for us. Wear sensible clothing and expecially footwear, the climb to the top of the hill complex is steep and not suitable for those who are not sure of foot and relatively fit. A really interesting place with fantastic views and plenty to see and do.

Visited December 2012
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“A great day out”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

first time I had visited, very few tourists. Take the time to walk up to the Hill Complex, fantastic views of the rest of the ruins

Visited October 2013
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