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Great 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 soverign sovereign nation looked to pre colonial roots, choosing the name of this monument: 'Zimbabwe.'
==Get in==
Great Zimbabwe is about 27km south east of [[Masvingo]] and hence without your own transport its quite tricky to . You can get there - Getting to Masvingo is fairly easy as a combi from behind the buses that run between J/burg and Harare stop TM supermarket in Masvingo, costing about $1 and taking about 20 minutes (once it fills up). From Masvingo The combi drops you at a turnoff about 2km from the gate to the ruins, you'll need then walk past a craft market and through the Great Zimbabwe Hotel to find reach the ruins. You can also get a taxi driver from Masvingo, and the ruins are visited by many overland trucks and agree a price - he'll then have other organised tours. Entry to go and buy some black market fuelthe ruins is $15 for foreigners.
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There's are many other sites like Great Zimbabwe , but not 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 themthose.
There are campsites just outside the ruins, as well as dorms and rondavels.

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