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Address: Masvingo, Zimbabwe
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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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RECLAIMING OUR AFRICAN HERITAGE

This is a splendid place to visit. There is a lot to learn about the African and Zimbabwean heritage. There are readily available well experienced tour guides who give valuable... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Masvingo, Zimbabwe
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a splendid place to visit. There is a lot to learn about the African and Zimbabwean heritage. There are readily available well experienced tour guides who give valuable information about the national shrine.

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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Great Zimbabwe ruins are the largest collection of ruins in Africa south of the Sahara -- testament to a culture of great wealth and great architectural skill of Zimbabweans. Built between the 11th and 15th centuries, Great Zimbabwe was home to a cattle-herding people who also became adept at metal-working. The ruins are the largest of their kind on... More 

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a large and impressive monument to an 1100 culture that traded with the Arabs. Climbing to the chief's seat at the top of the Zimbabwe 'Bird' is worth the effort. The museum has managed to bring back a lot of the artefacts that disappeared in ages past to South Africa or Europe

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Cape Town, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2017

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 8 January 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 8 January 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 2 January 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 27 December 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 12 December 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 6 December 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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