"The Great Zimbabwe, Masvingo" Masvingo Province by Waxbag

Masvingo Province Travel Guide: 2 reviews and 28 photos

The Great Zimbabwe is sub-Saharan Africa’s greatest ancient monument. It was the seat of a wealthy and advanced people called the Shona who greatly influenced an enormous area around them. There were an estimated 15,000 to 20,000 people who lived here.

The most interesting part of the structure are the huge mortarless walls that stand 11 m (35 feet) high and are up to 5 m (33 feet) thick and the large conical structure inside the walls that was thought to either store grain or was a ceremonial structure.

For an unknown reason the entire city was abandoned in the14 th or 15th century possibly due to over consumption of local natural resources.

The site is full of interesting plants such as the candelabra tree and may have some vervet monkeys climbing around. You can see everything from the fortress on the hill and the walls of the Great Zimbabwe all in half of a day. Camping is available close to the site.

  • Last visit to Masvingo Province: Sep 1999
  • Intro Updated Dec 14, 2004
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