Great Zimbabwe National Monument, Masvingo

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#1 of 12 in Historic Sites in Zimbabwe
Must see · World heritage site · Ruin · Historic Site
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A World Heritage Site, Great Zimbabwe National Monument once served as the capital of the medieval Kingdom of Zimbabwe. Built between the 11th and 15th centuries, the city housed about 20,000 people. Today, its extensive and well-preserved ruins remain a fine example of late Iron Age construction. Choose between guided or self-guided walking tours to uncover the secrets of this historically significant site. The nearby museum displays various artifacts unearthed here, including shards of Persian pottery and brass ornaments from India. Make Great Zimbabwe National Monument part of your personalized Masvingo itinerary using our Masvingo journey planning website.
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  • To better immerse in the history of old Zimbabwe visit this site. The Shona culture is well characterized across this immense and impressive set of ruins. Most fascinating is the physical marriage of....  more
    To better immerse in the history of old Zimbabwe visit this site. The Shona culture is well characterized across this immense and impressive set of ruins. Most fascinating is the physical marriage of....  more »
  • Absolutely beautiful - ensure you hire a guide to explain it to you as otherwise you'll be wasting your time and miss out on 75% of what's there to actually see. Don't be cheap, you'll regret it. Re....  more
    Absolutely beautiful - ensure you hire a guide to explain it to you as otherwise you'll be wasting your time and miss out on 75% of what's there to actually see. Don't be cheap, you'll regret it. Re....  more »
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  • It is not often that one visits a place that has given birth to the name of a country and produced its identity. This historical area is full of a great deal of African heritage. In the same league as the great pyramids of Gaza, great Zimbabwe is an example of pure African Civilisation, intellect and art. It would be wise to bring comfortable walking shoes and a bottle of water for your exploration. The tour guide was exceptionally good with a great command of the facts of history and ability to handle large crowds. So far, this has been the epitome of my visit to Zimbabwe. The only improvement needed is to add more litter bins at the picnic areas
  • Incredible heritage site. Makes one realise how well advanced the ancestors were.

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