Great Zimbabwe National Monument

Great Zimbabwe National Monument

Great Zimbabwe National Monument
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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 it's 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 technique- entirely without mortar-involving millions of stones, each one supporting another.
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sunungukai c
Reading, UK11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Great experience, love the history, could help if they could put written history examples on each site for people to read and learn instead of just relying on tour guides.
Written 7 January 2024
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moraira
UK850 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
A truly great historical site, and you should see it for yourself. Though it is not easy to get to.

Numerically most of the visitors are school groups - who are very excited at the experience

As others have said, you need to use a guide here to get the most out of the experience

There are three bits to the site -
-the hilltop fort which you should make the effort to climb up to - it is quite a steep climb - but the views over the complex are outstanding. There is little in the way of much stones left standing
- the museum, which we did not see as it was blacked out because of no electricity
- the Great Enclosure which has the surviving walls, which are indeed massive, and you need to see them yourself to appreciate their scale and intricate construction

I gave it 4 out of five stars, as a lot of what you go for is the abstract "history" not what you actually see on the ground. But it is well worth a visit
Written 4 December 2023
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Neil B
Evergem, Belgium396 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Very interesting site giving a view into the cultural origins of the country. Entrance is about 25usd each and the option guide is worth the few dollars more as they can explain a lot of the history and context
Written 24 August 2023
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Cleowadza G
3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
It's a good place, I really enjoyed the visit.

They need to work on their Toilets, they are very bad some are even closed. The toilet that we used haaa very very very bad.

Written 19 April 2023
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Richard H
Matabeleland North Province, Zimbabwe340 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
It is a long time since I previously visited and it is just as good as I remember. Whether you have an interest in history or not, it is a spectacular place to go to. It is also remarkably good value (for a local anyway) at $5 or $7 with a guide which I would certainly recommend. I went round with Gift who was very friendly and informative.

For those who do not know the lie of the land, I must say that there is quite a lot of walking to be done, quite a lot of it uneven ground, and one of the major parts of the monument is at the top of a steep hill though one ascent is more gentle than the other. The African village may be seen by some as something of a gimmick but we need to remember that when GZ was inhabited the whole valley was covered in huts so I believe it is a valuable part of the visit. Arguably more could be done to build up this part of the attraction.

The guided tour was about 2 hours. I suspect we rushed the last bit a little because I had lots of questions and it is possible that you will want to do some wandering on your own once the tour is over. A power outage meant the museum was in the dark but they provided torches to look at the exhibits. They were not great torches but I appreciated the thought (as it is not their fault there are often power cuts).

I did not look at the tea room so I cannot comment on it!

Incidentally GZ can be visited in a day trip from both Bulawayo and Harare.
Written 14 March 2023
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LFCKOPITE4EVER
Rancho Mirage, CA239 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
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 manmade structure to natural surroundings. In places it is as compelling as many other world-famous ruins. We were assigned Gift as guide at the entrance (yes, Gift :)) and he added much to the story which also comprises Khami to the east. Thanks again to Bonisa Excursions and Lesley as multi-day guide and driver. +263 77 755 1142
Written 8 August 2022
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GeneralShamu
New York City, NY1,136 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
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 the time - we ended up spending three hours there as the guide was so informative about the history of the place (ask for Mariam)!

Almost no tourists were there aside from local school groups, etc...
Written 24 July 2022
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Terence R
Macheke, Zimbabwe42 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Great Zimbabwe is foundational to the Shona culture. I was fortunate to have an excellent guide - Mr Champion. He explained the whole site (which is massive and impressive) as we walked round. He was knowledgeable and clear; his English was excellent. The only disappointment was that the cafe was closed, and the shop had almost no stock to sell.
Written 19 June 2022
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Conqueror17
Icklesham, UK526 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Couples
A truly unique structure, the great enclosure is a truly spectacular piece of ancient stonework. The main site is easily accessible.
Written 23 March 2022
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Franklin H
Paarl, South Africa5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Business
Awesome experience. Great historical value for me. This site enlightened my understanding and appreciation of African civilizations and trade
Written 13 March 2022
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