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Great Zimbabwe

Masvingo, Zimbabwe
+263 77 401 1364
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Must see in Zimbabwe

We were guided by the most friendly mr Gift trough this magnificent site. A amazing experience and... read more

Reviewed today
Niek V
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Oct 2017: The park is open Sun-Fri 6 am - 6 pm, Sat 6 am - lunchtime-ish. The museum is open 8 am... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Inga O
Stockholm, Sweden
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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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Masvingo, Zimbabwe
+263 77 401 1364
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Reviewed today

We were guided by the most friendly mr Gift trough this magnificent site. A amazing experience and a must see to all Zimbabwe visitors.

Thank Niek V
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Oct 2017: The park is open Sun-Fri 6 am - 6 pm, Sat 6 am - lunchtime-ish. The museum is open 8 am - 4.45 pm (probably closes by lunchtime on Sat, I didn't ask). Admission is 15 usd/day for foreign nationals and covers the...More

Thank Inga O
Reviewed 6 days ago

Great Zimbabwe (also the place gives its name to the country) is an ancient trading city linked with kilwa Kisani in Tanzania. The immensity of what was created not just on the ground but also on top of the hill overlooking the great enclosure is...More

Thank TheTrailingSpouse
Reviewed 1 week ago

What else could I say that has not been said? We were blessed with a crisp clear day with beautiful cool winds and the amazing accomplishments of this civilization! We hiked up to the fortress on the hill (take the ancient path UP, and the...More

Thank RADdoc_TX
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent a day exploring the site with our guide, the local historian Paul Hubbard. The 'royal' enclosure is on top of a boulder-strewn hill and was well worth the effort to climb up to see it. The views were also wonderful. The museum is...More

Thank TonyNorwich
Reviewed 21 August 2017 via mobile

We arrived on an unseasonably cloudy and wet day to meet our guide, Ananius who took us around the ruins and explained the history. There is a US$15 entry fee + US$3 for the guide - each. Be careful if it's wet as the ricks...More

Thank Linda A
Reviewed 20 August 2017

.....will travelling through Zimbabwe we made a detour to Masvingo to see this great iconic world heritage site! As we know the name Zimbabwe translates to Rock or Rocks taking this fact into account one would almost think that this one place will be in...More

Thank Vernon W
Reviewed 17 August 2017

If you are physically able, don't miss visiting ruins of the Kings compound on the hill. If unable, exploring the lower compounds (for his wives) and the ethnographic park with huts, a local dance group and craft sellers will keep you entertained. The hike up...More

Thank WonderfulWorld59
Reviewed 15 August 2017

I last visited Great Zimbabwe in 2010. The site hasn't changed much; the views are still breath-taking and the monuments absolutely awesome. I'm not sure if time has changed the access to the hill site, but the stairs are made even more dangerous by the...More

1  Thank Sarah T
Reviewed 10 August 2017

There's a bit of walking involved in this but it's worth it! The climb up the hill to the top of the Kings Fort is magnificent as is the structure itself. The Queens castle too is incredible in terms of it's size and how it's...More

1  Thank mindfood
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15 March 2017|
Response from LanguagemavenAnirtak | Reviewed this property |
We went on. Sunday in January.....
15 March 2017|
Response from MIKEndSUE | Reviewed this property |
Hi, Unfortunately I have no information on the opening times. Cheers Mike
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16 February 2017|
Response from dnjerere | Reviewed this property |
The influence of Great Zimbabwe on smaller town is a boost in hotel and other accommodation providing businesses from tourists who flock to see Great Zimbabwe monuments. It has also led to local people in small town to... More