The impressive stone ruins of Great Zimbabwe are 900 years old and have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. Great Zimbabwe is the indigenous Shona tribe word meaning ‘big houses of stone’ which aptly describe this cultural and historic site. Located 320 km from Zimbabwe’s capital city, Harare, but closer to the town of Masvingo makes an definite destination to see when exploring Zimbabwe.
Throughout the Zimbabwe Highveld there are many small stone ruins, referred to as ‘Zimbabwes’ but the Great Zimbabwe ruins definitely live up to their ‘Great’ – over 700 square hectares. Large stone walls, some over five meters high were constructed without mortar are found throughout the once city, which may have been home to up to 18 thousand residents in its hay day. Clever stonemasonry has left turrets, towers, stairways, and platforms for tourists to explore and marvel.
The Great Zimbabwe Ruins reflect such cultural and historic importance to the people of this country that the whole country was named after them; ZIMBABWE.
On a visit to the Great Zimbabwe Ruins comfortable walking shoes would certainly be recommended. As you are guided through the stone buildings and amazing structures it is obvious that once a powerful African empire lived here.
First hand experience of seeing unique African wildlife in its natural habitat has to be one of the most topical reasons to travel to Africa. Including time to see ancient historic craftsmanship up close, feel the history, hear the stories of the African culture is certainly a welcome addition to your African safari experience. No where better to experience this than at the Great Zimbabwe Ruins.
Combine your African Experience with seeing some of the most wonderful wildlife in the world and see ancient ruins showing a 900 year old civilization. This can be done in Zimbabwe with a visit to the UNESCO world heritage site of Great Zimbabwe Ruins.