The ruins of Great Zimbabwe are the largest in Sub-Saharan Africa located between the rivers Limpopo and Zambezi. The ruins span an area of about 700 hectares and are a UNESCO site since 1986. Tne Mutapa Kingdom was built between 11th and 15th centuries and was home to cattle herders who became metal welders with time.
Though the ruins are the most intact and largest in Zimbabwe, 150 similar sites can be found across the country as far as Mozambique. These smaller ruins are collectively known as zimbabwes.
Little is known about Great Zimbabwe due to plundering in the early 20th century by Europeans, however, most certainly, close to 20,000 black Africans must have lived here. The kingdom was a centre of trade and is thought to be as one of the greatest reigns in Africa, of course after the Pharaohs. The culture and traditions of the kingdom dwindled due to prolonged famines.
Explore Great Zimbabwe and peek into the history of the Shona. Tour the ruins and be a part of a culture characterised by great wealth and excellent architectural skill.
From Harare to Great Zimbabwe Ruins by road, it takes about 4-hours driving south towards South Africa. Masvingo is only half an hour away to the north.