...because decisions there are taken following political considerations, majorities, regional representation and a host of other things. So when Great Zimbabwe is ranked as the world's #4 World Heritage Site, you might be right in wondering where the global perspective is. Great Zimbabwe is a very impressive site. It bears witness to a great culture, both very advanced and very simple. It stands up well to comparisons with many other sites of historic importance, and it is unique in Sub-Saharan Africa. But on a global scale, it is a minor site.
Practical considerations: When on the way through Masvingo, do go to Great Zimbabwe. When just having two days in Zim, Great Zimbabwe is only a must if you're a real history buff and do not care much about the great national parks. Infrastructure around Great Zim is relatively good. Best place to stay probably Norma Jeane's.
Do take a guide, this is relatively inexpensive. Without a guide, it is much more difficult to understand what the whole place was about. The museum reminds one of the museums in the Eastern Bloc many years ago and is not really worth the visit. Unless you want to find out why Great Zimbabwe stands for unity in today's Zimbabwe.
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