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Address: Masvingo, Zimbabwe
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+263 77 401 1364
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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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Ancient City

Deservedly one of Zimbabwe's premier tourist destinations. The large complex takes a good 3 hours to explore and you have the choice of paying for a guide or not. We did the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Tervuren, Belgium
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Tervuren, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Deservedly one of Zimbabwe's premier tourist destinations. The large complex takes a good 3 hours to explore and you have the choice of paying for a guide or not. We did the self guided walk. There is a map showing the various points of interest as well as a small museum which is informative and worth visiting. We particularly enjoyed... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2017

Too little visited, this is is truly one of the wonders of the world...the Macchu Pichu of the country. Primitive peoples figured out how to cut granite in such precise "bricks" that no mortar was needed to construct magnificent buildings. 20,000 people lived here ruled by a king with 200 wives. even trading with China and Portugal. A must see

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2017

I knew very little before coming and very much enjoyed visiting the ruins a tour is inexpensive and informative. The ruins are extensive enough to take 2hours to visit. They are built into the rocks, which is very cool looking. Definitely worth a trip to see some of the only ruins in Africa.

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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2017

The Great Zimbabwe is a national monument that should not be missed! It takes some effort to get to, but once there it is well worth the journey! There are also some good hotels near the monuments. I can recommend The Lodge at the Ancient City. It has views over the monuments, a helpful staff, and is good for groups.... More 

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Maputo, Mozambique
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2016

Despite having read about the ruins, we were not prepared for them. They are SO impressive - and quite extensive. Start with the Hill Ruins (we didn't hire a guide). Stiff climb up the main path. Take it easy ... what you see at the top is well worth the effort. The commitment and organisation of the African civilisation that... More 

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London
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2016 via mobile

Grew up climbing and running around the ruins. Wonderful day out. Not much information availible about the history of the ruins on site.

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Victoriafalls
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2016

Amazing place ,historical and very educative .A guide is a must,make sure you are fit ,carry loads of water and i would recommend climbing in the morning or make your visit during winter.

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Masvingo, Zimbabwe
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2016

The Ruins are found 30 km South-east of Masvingo town in Zimbabwe. The spectacular giant walls have withstood degradation for centuries and centuries, hence amazing. The walls and the museums at this site show and resemble an ancient City of the Shona people; the morphology, tools used,political, societal & cultural values of the inhabitants of this Ancient City. It is... More 

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Lagos State, Nigeria
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2016

The Great Zimbabwe Wall is an impressive and awe-inspiring construction that shows the intelligence and creative ingenuity of the people. Designated a World Heritage site by UNESCO, it is worth a visit for anyone who goes to Zimbabwe, especially if you are in the ancient city of Masvingo.

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Kampala, Uganda
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2016

I highly recommend a visit to Great Zimbabwe. It had been on my list for 30 years and did not disappoint! You must go with one of the tour guides to explain the details of the site. Mine was a very knowledgeable young woman from Great Zimbabwe University. Some other reviews say that the walk to the top of the... More 

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