Great Zimbabwe Ruins

Great Zimbabwe is the fifth-largest man-made structure

Great Zimbabwe Ruins is a remarkable ancient ruined city. It’s a mythical place, once believed to be the residence of kings. And legend has it that it was also home to the Queen of Sheba.

Welcome to a set of relatively unknown wondrous structures that are on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, known as Great Zimbabwe. They are far off the beaten track and drenched in ancient history.

The amazing structures of the Great Zimbabwe Ruins. ©Corno van den Berg

The ruins are remains of the once-powerful nation of Zimbabwe. It’s a mystical place, belied to be the palace of the ruling kings. And legend has it that it was also where the Queen of Sheba resided.

You literally trip over the homes of ancient kings. ©Corno van den Berg

Go on your own or with a guide?

I visited the Great Zimbabwe Ruins with a guide. He told me about the remains. And that the city was probably built between about 1400 and 1450 AD. I learned a lot about this place. Something I couldn't have done on my own. In addition, transport to this remote place is useful to arrange.

The view from the top of the Great Enclosure over the valley. ©Corno van den Berg

Er zijn hier talloze opgravingen gedaan waarbij porselein uit China werd gevonden, net als aardewerk uit Perzië en kralen uit India. Het is het bewijs dat er toen al veel handel werd gedreven met andere volkeren.

Meandering through the ruins of Great Zimbabwe. ©Corno van den Berg

The end of Great Zimbabwe Ruins

It is unclear why the city ended. Unfortunately, much of the history has been lost due to looting. But, it makes this one of the great mysteries of Africa. Which adds something extra to your visit.

The exterior of the Great Enclosure. ©Corno van den Berg

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