Masvingo

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Masvingo is a city in Southeastern Zimbabwe and the capital of Masvingo province.

Understand[edit]

Get in[edit]

Buses to Masvingo leave when full from Harare's Mbare bus station, cost about $7 and take about five hours. You can also get one of the "luxury" buses between Johannesburg and Harare's Roadport terminus which take about 4 hours and will drop you at the Exor Service Station on the outskirts of Masvingo, but this costs about $15 prebooked. They cannot be booked on the return - and the buses pass through Masvingo before noon - you just wait for a bus with some space at the Exor service station and pay around $7 direct to the bus conductor (avoid the touts who overcharge). Minibuses to/from Bulawayo cost about $8 and take 4.5 to 5 hours. In Masvingo, standard transport to/from both Harare and Bulawayo arrives/departs from Bradburn Street, on the western edge of the city centre (marked on Google Maps). There are also buses/minibuses towards Mutare.

Get around[edit]

The town is sufficiently small enough you can get around on foot.

See[edit][add listing]

The Great Zimbabwe ruins are about 25km south of town.

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Eat[edit][add listing]

Not much available apart from Chicken Inn and Pizza Inn. You may also eat at the Victoria Hotel restaurant.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Masvingo Backpacker's Rest. Noisy, Dirty and unfriendly but right in the center of town. $25 for dorm beds, $35 for double rooms..  edit
  • Zimbabwe Ruins. Just outside the ruins there are campsites, dorms and rondavels.  edit
  • Great Zimbabwe Hotel. Between the ruins and the main road.  edit

Norma Jeane's Lake View Resort, normajeanes@yoafrica.com, +263-39-264879, [1]. 10 mins away from the Ruins overlooking Lake Mutirikwi / Lake Kyle the ruins and the main road. campsite, self catering and hotel rooms. (20deg15min00sec S,31deg00min10sec E) edit

Contact[edit]

Get out[edit]

The stone ruins of Great Zimbabwe are about 25km south of the city. You can get a combi from behind the TM supermarket just south of the town centre, costing around $1 and taking around 20-30 minutes. This will drop you about 2km from the gate to the ruins. Taking a taxi is also possible but much more expensive($40 - $50 stay 2hrs and return).

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