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Review of Great Zimbabwe

Great Zimbabwe
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Masvingo
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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Well worth it!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

We found the Great Zimbabwe Ruins to be fascinating, the camp site there is a reasonable $3 per person as opposed the ridiculous $8 per person charged at other National Park Campsites.

The Ruins are expansive and completely not-to-be-missed I would strongly suggest hiring one of the official guides , they are extremely knowledgeable and friendly and completely enhance your experience. They also only charge $3 per person extra for the entire tour.

Strangely enough, the prices for soap-stone sculptures and other souvenirs are very good in the curio shop and at the shona village in the Zimbabwe Ruins park, compared to less touristy places. Obviously, the prices for all those things are sky-high at Vic Falls- unless you bargain viciously.

A tip for the whole of Zimbabwe: change over to US Dollars and do not attempt to use South African Rands, even in Masvingo. They will accept SA Rands, but the rate fixed upon is very disadvantageous to you- usually for simplicity they consider R10=$1 which is totally exorbitant.

Visited January 2013
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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“Well worth visiting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2012

Two very important points need to be made.

Firstly, have a guide. The price is not very expensive and without a guide it would have been difficult to understand and appreciate what we were seeing.

Secondly, you need to be reasonably fit and agile. The site is larger than you may imagine and the first area to be visited is the top of a hill. There are two ways up - a steep and rocky path or the stepped terrace path. The guide will likely take you up the steep path because it's more scenic with the descent being via the terrace path. You then need to walk some more to the Great Enclosure which is on lower ground.

When we visited the museum was being powered by a small generator the output of which was so low that the lighting inside was insufficient to see the exhibits properly. That was the only bad part of the visit for us.

Visited December 2012
3 Thank indetraveller
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Nueziders, Austria
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2012

you would not exspect this in Africa and regardless who build it (a lot of controversy) it is impresssive the ruins are about 1000 years old and clearly a important example of african heritage

Visited November 2012
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2012

Get a guide to understand the ruins in details,, it is a great place and the views from the top are amazing

Visited November 2012
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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“Kili Quest 2012 - Leukemia & Cancer”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2012

Likes - well maintained, informed staff, awesome camping
Dis-likes - local tourists with no respect, climbing over the ruins and leaving the designated pathways

Visited July 2012
Thank BezzieB
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