Great Zimbabwe

Explore Zimbabwe's ancient stone ruins, now a UNESCO world heritage site.

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    Great Zimbabwe ruins

Four hours south of Harare, near the town of Masvingo, this impressive set of stone ruins is another of Zimbabwe’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Dating back to the 11th century, these stone structures are evidence of a once flourishing Shona kingdom.
Skilful stone masons built the drystone walls which form a maze of narrow passages. The granite walls are embellished with turrets, towers and walkways. In some places the impressive walls are 11-metres high and span several hundred metres.
The most spectacular of the ruins is the Great Enclosure with its high curved walls. This is the largest ancient structure south of the Sahara Desert. Also significant are the eight birds carved from soapstone that were found in the ruins. Linking past with present, these birds adorn the Zimbabwe flag today.

  • History:  These city ruins are evidence of civilisation pre-dating European colonisation of Africa. Walk in the footsteps of early inhabitants of Zimbabwe, a country steeped in history.
  • Ruins: There are three main areas to the ruins: the Hill Complex, where the King lived, the Great Enclosure mentioned above, and the Valley Ruins. At it’s peak there are thought to have been 20,000 people living in the city.
  • Guided tour:  Enjoy an informative guided tour around the ruins and learn from those in the know.
  • Scenery:  Stunning scenery surrounds the ruins and goes on for miles.
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Great Zimbabwe

Great Zimbabwe ruins

Step back in time and admire the ingenuity of the artisans who built this once thriving ancient city.

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