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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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World's best kept secret

Its unassuming, its not publicised, its quiet as if its not there, but be prepared for a suprise. Make sure you have the time and engage a guide and be fit, and carry some water... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Phil M
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Harare Province, Zimbabwe
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Harare Province, Zimbabwe
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Its unassuming, its not publicised, its quiet as if its not there, but be prepared for a suprise. Make sure you have the time and engage a guide and be fit, and carry some water with you. Make sure you visit the museum first, and listen carefully about the 7or 8 Zimbabwe birds, one of them is still missing, its... More 

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Kampala, Uganda
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 242 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

For the second time in as many years was I able to visit the ruins, and cognizant of the fact that a late visit to the Great Enclosure will bring lighting problems with it when taking pictures and the sun is getting to low, I opted out of the climb to the great fort on top of the hill and... More 

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Congleton, United Kingdom
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52 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Recently had a day trip here and found the site very interesting - although a bit of a challenging walk up to the top of the hill. A lot of large ruins to see and with a tour guide you are able to hear a lot about the structure and history. A small museum in the site too which offers... More 

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Thank Emily-Sian B
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153 reviews
126 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great Zimbabwe is a magical Sub Saharan medieval city. The enclosures are architecturally interesting and of a beautiful construction and the whole place is a fusion of man-made and natural. The most fascinating bit was the absence of sharp angles in construction; the curvature dominates in the most aesthetically pleasing of ways. We went to the complex in the late... More 

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Pretoria, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

Definitely worth a visit and very interesting. We didn't allow enough time for this visit and taking a guide is recommended.

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Glen Waverley
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

This must be the best value attraction in Zimbabwe. USD 15 per person entry, for those from overseas, plus USD 3 each for a guide. Don't visit without a guide. Great Zimbabwe was built between 1100 and 1450 AD, and the current site covers about 80 ha of what once, at its maximum, was around 700 ha. It is famous... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

Beautiful historical site that gives its name to Zimbabwe! "house of stones". I reccomend doing a guided tour which will take you about 2.5 hrs.to complete. With a guide you can really appreaciate the history of the ruins and ancient kingdom. My favorite is place is the Hill complex that offers a spectacular view of the valley and great enclosure.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

Boy what a climb! We went right to the very top, but hey it was worth every step. I expected the ruins to be a bit like Macchu Picchu, but the walls were not as closely constructed and a better comparison would be with high and thick dry stone walls. It is a shame that there is no explanation about... More 

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Rochester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

Zimbabwe means (in Shona) Great House of Stone and that brilliantly describes this. You really need to allow four to six hours to see it all and it is worth hiring a local guide. Don't miss the museum. It will put it all into perspective. This is a MUST DO and is drivable from Harare if you don't want to... More 

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Thank David B
USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016

We climbed to the top of the Ruins and had an amazing view; it was worth the effort. We also enjoyed the people who were making music and selling artifacts. Really glad we made the decision to see the ruins and learn the history.

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