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“Zim history-nice breath of fresh air”
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.
Paris, France
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“Zim history-nice breath of fresh air”
Reviewed July 14, 2014

Great Zimbabwe is a historic site 3 hours south of Harare, the capital, by car and is near the town of Masvingo. The ruins are concentrated in three different spots on the site: the "Hill Ruins" are atop a hill where there are shy monkeys-they are accessible by three passageways, the easiest being the longest and the hardest being the shortest; the "Great Enclosure" is the biggest and consists of a walled in village; the last is the "Valley Ruins" which are ruins of stone houses set in a field with special looking trees.
The entry price is quite high... 15$ for foreigners and 7$ for Zimbabweans.
The bathrooms are incredibly clean.
There is a small, well kept souvenir shop, and apparently there is a snack shop/restaurant, but it was closed when we visited (it was during the weekend..?).
All in all, it's worth a stop for people who are interested in Zim history, and is fun for families with kids-children can run around and let their energy loose while climbing boulders.

Visited July 2014
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Stroud, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Unique Ancient Ruins - A Must See”
Reviewed July 13, 2014

If holidaying in Zimbabwe, a visit to the Great Zimbabwe Ruins should be included in your itinerary. Close to the town of Masvingo (formerly Fort Victoria) and local hotels, Great Zimbabwe offers visitors insights into the country's ancient civilizations. The granite stonework is amazing and it is recommended that you go on a guided tour which will take you about three hours. The views around the area are magnificant and you are in easy reach of Lake Mutirikwi and Lake Kyle. Sean Kelly

Visited June 2014
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Oudtshoorn, South Africa
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“nice to visit”
Reviewed June 23, 2014

We didn't use a guide which made the visit somehow uninteresting. The paths are not well marked, so you get somehow lost. Entrance fee is too high ( 15 US dollar pp) , seen that no maintenance is done. So, one advise, make use of a guide when visiting. Don't stay at the hotel on the grounds as it is terrible.

Visited June 2014
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Perth, Australia
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“Great place to explore”
Reviewed June 19, 2014

The ruins are very interesting to explore and you could quite easily spend several hours in the main complex looking in all the different sections. The views are great as the sun sets as well.

I would give the fake village a miss as it is mostly an opportunity to be sold carvings and watch dancing and then be asked for donations but if you want to buy souveniers the prices are quite good.

For some reason there is no photos in the museum, even without a flash so that was dissapointing.

Visited June 2014
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Hoedspruit, South Africa
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“Visit to Great Zimbabwe”
Reviewed May 26, 2014

An excellent guide (called Champion) made a huge difference to our time around the facility. A really amazing experience.

Visited April 2014
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