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Khami Ruins, Bulawayo

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A former capital of the Butua State and a major trading center, Khami Ruins features a series of terraces with ornately decorated stone walls. Established around 1450 and abandoned in the mid-17th century, the ruins acquired the World Heritage status in 1986. Wander around the three largest tiered platforms, which were once occupied by the royal family. Notice the checkerboard design on a 68 m (223 ft) long stone block wall. The smaller terraces once housed clay huts of the state officials, while the open areas were reserved for commoners. Visit the small on-site museum to gather some background information. See Khami Ruins and all Bulawayo has to offer by arranging your trip with our Bulawayo route planner.
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  • Interesting early history of Great Zim and this should be visited in conjunction with Great Zimbabwe ruins to the east. We used Bonaisa with Lesly coordinating and driving. 
    Interesting early history of Great Zim and this should be visited in conjunction with Great Zimbabwe ruins to the east. We used Bonaisa with Lesly coordinating and driving.  more »
  • Go here int he morning before the sun starts beating down on you. There was no one here during our visit so it was a great experience to really take in the ruins. It's a must as part of a broader... 
    Go here int he morning before the sun starts beating down on you. There was no one here during our visit so it was a great experience to really take in the ruins. It's a must as part of a broader...  more »
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  • Khami ruins is an epic place if you are fascinated by prehistoric sites. I advise you have hiking boots when visiting as the site is hilly. Bring some water too on a hot day. I love the fact that you can have a picnic there and even braai(bring your everything incl charcoal). I could have given five stars were it not for the dirty ablution facilities.
  • Great place to learn about architectural and cultural heritage of Zimbabwe. There good braai spots and safe parking. The guides and hosts are very knowledgeable. The place is well kept In 2022, they were only accepting cash either in local currency or forex. They do not accept any form of electronic payment.

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