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'''Great Zimbabwe''' is a complex of ruins built by Shona-speakers between the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. It was once the centre of a vast empire known as the Munhumutapa Empire.  It has been a [[UNESCO World Heritage List|UNESCO World Heritage Site]] since 1986.
 
'''Great Zimbabwe''' is a complex of ruins built by Shona-speakers between the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. It was once the centre of a vast empire known as the Munhumutapa Empire.  It has been a [[UNESCO World Heritage List|UNESCO World Heritage Site]] since 1986.
  
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===History===
 
===History===
Colonizing European powers refused believe that Africans were capable of engineering on this scale, leading to theories about ancient Phoenicians, Arabs, Romans, the lost tribe of Israel, and even that the structures were built by the Queen of Sheba. Other theories as to their origin abounded among white settlers and academics, with one element in common: they could not have been built by African people; they must have some Mediterranean or Biblical connection. However archaeologist Gertrude Caton-Thompson's excavations in 1932 showed conclusively that these ruins are of an indigenous Bantu people. In the post-colonial period the soverign nation looked to pre colonial roots, choosing the name of this monument: 'Zimbabwe.'
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Colonizing European powers refused believe that Africans were capable of engineering on this scale, leading to theories about ancient Phoenicians, Arabs, Romans, the lost tribe of Israel, and even that the structures were built by the Queen of Sheba. Other theories as to their origin abounded among white settlers and academics, with one element in common: they could not have been built by African people; they must have some Mediterranean or Biblical connection. However archaeologist Gertrude Caton-Thompson's excavations in 1932 showed conclusively that these ruins are of an indigenous Bantu people. In the post-colonial period the sovereign nation looked to pre colonial roots, choosing the name of this monument: 'Zimbabwe.'
  
 
===Landscape===
 
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==Get in==
 
==Get in==
Great Zimbabwe about 27km south east of [[Masvingo]] and hence without your own transport its quite tricky to get there - Getting to Masvingo is fairly easy as the buses that run between J/burg and Harare stop in Masvingo.  From Masvingo you'll need to find a taxi driver and agree a price - he'll then have to go and buy some black market fuel.  
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Great Zimbabwe is about 27km south east of [[Masvingo]].  You can get a combi from behind the TM supermarket in Masvingo, costing about $1 and taking about 20 minutes (once it fills up)The combi drops you at a turnoff about 2km from the gate to the ruins, you then walk past a craft market and through the Great Zimbabwe Hotel to reach the ruins.  You can also get a taxi from Masvingo, and the ruins are visited by many overland trucks and other organised tours.  Entry to the ruins is $15 for foreigners.
  
 
==Permits/fees==
 
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[[Image:Great Zimbabwe panoramic.jpg|thumb|center|600px]]
There's many other sites like Great Zimbabwe but not as big,most of them are inaccessible due to poor road conditions and wild animals.Some are seen as sacred by locals so it's tough to get to to see them.
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There are many other sites like Great Zimbabwe, but none are as big, and most of them are inaccessible due to poor road conditions and wild animals. Some are seen as sacred by locals so it's tough to get to to see those.
  
 
==Do==
 
==Do==
people
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Go and see all the beautiful landmarks and animals.
  
 
==Buy==
 
==Buy==
prostitutes
 
  
 
==Eat==
 
==Eat==
humans
 
  
 
==Drink==
 
==Drink==
beer and blood
 
  
 
==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==
with people
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===Lodging===
 
===Lodging===
  
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===Camping===
 
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There are campsites just outside the ruins, as well as dorms and rondavels.
  
 
===Backcountry===
 
===Backcountry===

Revision as of 18:48, 20 November 2012

Great Zimbabwe Closeup.jpg

Great Zimbabwe is a complex of ruins built by Shona-speakers between the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. It was once the centre of a vast empire known as the Munhumutapa Empire. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1986.

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Understand

The largest ruins in sub-saharan Africa, it covers almost 1,800 acres. There are three distinct architectural groupings known as the Hill Complex, the Valley Complex, and the Great Enclosure all built with dry-stone technique using no mortar holding the stones together. Despite this, the buildings have survived for seven centuries.

History

Colonizing European powers refused believe that Africans were capable of engineering on this scale, leading to theories about ancient Phoenicians, Arabs, Romans, the lost tribe of Israel, and even that the structures were built by the Queen of Sheba. Other theories as to their origin abounded among white settlers and academics, with one element in common: they could not have been built by African people; they must have some Mediterranean or Biblical connection. However archaeologist Gertrude Caton-Thompson's excavations in 1932 showed conclusively that these ruins are of an indigenous Bantu people. In the post-colonial period the sovereign nation looked to pre colonial roots, choosing the name of this monument: 'Zimbabwe.'

Landscape

Flora and fauna

Climate

Get in

Great Zimbabwe is about 27km south east of Masvingo. You can get a combi from behind the TM supermarket in Masvingo, costing about $1 and taking about 20 minutes (once it fills up). The combi drops you at a turnoff about 2km from the gate to the ruins, you then walk past a craft market and through the Great Zimbabwe Hotel to reach the ruins. You can also get a taxi from Masvingo, and the ruins are visited by many overland trucks and other organised tours. Entry to the ruins is $15 for foreigners.

Permits/fees

Around US$15 - US$25 for entrance for non-Zimbabweans. You may get a discount if you have a SADC passport / residence permit.

Get around

See

Great Zimbabwe panoramic.jpg

There are many other sites like Great Zimbabwe, but none are as big, and most of them are inaccessible due to poor road conditions and wild animals. Some are seen as sacred by locals so it's tough to get to to see those.

Do

Go and see all the beautiful landmarks and animals.

Buy

Eat

Drink

Sleep

Lodging

  • Inn on Great Zimbabwe, [1]. On the bank of lake Kyle a short drive to the enclosure. Great hotel which also offers budget rooms. Great food and drink available. Staff friendly. Prices from 15 USD per room to USD65.

Camping

There are campsites just outside the ruins, as well as dorms and rondavels.

Backcountry

Stay safe

Get out



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