Great Zimbabwe is a monumental ruin located in Masvingo, Zimbabwe. It was built without the use of any mortar! Granite blocks stacked skillfully for heights of up to 9 metres. Construction of the structures dates back to the 11th century. Read For comprehensive details on Great Zimbabwe
Inside the great enclosure is the iconic Conical Tower
The Great Enclosure at Great Zimbabwe
Corridors within the Great Enclosure which also consisted of a drainage system
The west facing wall of the great Enclosure.
The famous Chevron pattern can be seen from the outside of the east facing wall.
Detail of the Chevron Pattern at Great Zimbabwe
Soapstone replicas of the Zimbabwe Bird
Vervet Monkeys are the keepers of the ruins
Closeups of the granite blocks
The enclosure wall rises up to 9 metres at certain points
The Hill Complex
The Hill complex as viewed from the valley
Passages leading up to the Hill Complex
The great enclosure from the Hill Complex
The workmanship on the Hill Complex is much older and not as refined as the Great Encolsure
A section of Lake Mutirikwi can be seen from the Hill Complex
Proof that there is still dwellers on the Hill Complex, dassie/rock rabbit droppings
A view from the Hill complex showing the reconstructed village
The Valley Complex
A group of tourists from Pretoria South Africa on a guided tour.
The many aloes which litter the Valley Complex
A recreated village complete with a traditional doctor you can consult and traditional dancers.
The reconstructed village comes complete with a traditional doctor (n’anga) who can tell you your fortunes
The Great Zimbabwe Hotel
A Kilometre from the the ruins is the Great Zimbabwe Hotel, which consists of 85 beds in 47 rooms. Also available at the ruins are rondavels/chalets which are self catering or you can pitch your tent by the camping site.