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.'
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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'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.