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“A Brooding Presence” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Great Zimbabwe

Great Zimbabwe
Masvingo, Zimbabwe
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Ranked #1 of 1 attractions in Masvingo
Type: Monuments/ Statues, Historic Sites
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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.
Paternoster, South Africa
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“A Brooding Presence”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013 via mobile

Up the ancient pathway to the hilltop , mounting the ancient steps and constantly reminded of an ancient civilization by the meticulously laid stone walls one cannot but be impressed by the citadel fortress and the Great Enclosure sited on the plain below. A must see on a Zimbabwe itinerary.

Visited December 2013
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“Back in Time”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

Even if you aren't a history buff, it is well worth visiting the ruins just from an adventure point of view. Starting with the ancient route, you fell yourself transported way back in time, especially when squeezing through narrow paths between boulders. The views from the citadel are magnificent and with little imagination you can guess how life would have been there. I would suggest going up the hill first and then hiking down to the main enclosure after. If you can, get there early before the heat of the day. Well worth a visit.

Visited August 2013
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“One of my Zimbabwe trip highlights”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

Fascinating place! It's definitely worth paying the $3 extra for the guided tour (it's $15pp entry to Great Zimbabwe for those who are not Zimbabwean nationals). Our guide, Stephan, was brilliant. He took the time to answer our many questions and gave us a very informative experience of the ruins. He was also happy to take photos of us in front of the famed conical tower, joking that if you don't have that exact photo, you haven't really been to Great Zimbabwe.

It's well worth taking a detour to Masvingo to see Great Zimbabwe.

Visited December 2013
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Phoenix, Arizona
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“I was impressed”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

As an amateur historian/anthropologist I loved this place but frankly I know nothing about it. If you are in this remote part of Zimbabwe it is definitely worth the visit. I wonder how much of it has been restored?

Visited November 2013
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New York City, New York
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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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