We’ve updated our travel advice about Great Zimbabwe Monument & Ruins


UNESCO calls Great Zimbabwe Monument & Ruins “the greatest stone monument in Africa south of the Sahara”, second in size only to the Pyramids in Egypt.

It was originally built between 1200 and 1500 AD, long before foreigners penetrated the African continent. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the very place from which the country of Zimbabwe got its name. Safe to say, it’s hugely important to many Zimbabweans, as well as anyone interested in African culture and archaeology. Plus, it is the inspiration for the name of our own website! It covers an area of over 7 square kilometres (nearly 3 square miles).

This fascinating, sometimes haunting monument comprises a number of historic archaeological sites and three main zones in particular: The Hill Complex, The Valley Complex and The Great Enclosure.
In the nearby Kyle Recreational Park, you can track wild rhino and other wildlife, see the dam wall, and go boating or fishing. You can also visit the incongruously Italian Chapel of St Francis of Assisi, located just outside the Masvingo Army Barracks on the Mutare Road.

We’ve updated three of our articles related to Great Zimbabwe Monument & Ruins: The Travel guide & FAQs, the Walking route guide, and the Accommodation guide for the area of Great Zimbabwe, Kyle, Lake Mutirikwi & Masvingo.

Do have a look if you’re interested in visiting this significant area of Zimbabwe! Click on one of the images below to read the article.

Travel advice about Great Zimbabwe, Kyle, Mutirikwi & Masvingo, Zimbabwe

Great Zimbabwe Monument Ruins travel guide faqs

Walking around Great Zimbabwe Monument Ruins Guide Map

Where to stay Great Zimbabwe Masvingo accommodation

Great Zimbabwe Guide Monument Ruins Paths Valley Aloe Hill

Here at Great Zimbabwe Guide Travel Blog, we do not run our own tours of Great Zimbabwe Monument: we’re an online guidebook rather than a tour guide

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