We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Great Zimbabwe

Masvingo, Zimbabwe
+263 77 401 1364
Review Highlights
Worth a visit but prices for non-locals exorbitant

The place is remarkable. You need a guide to appreciate it. Your fitness levels must be relatively... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Pretoria, South Africa
via mobile
Historic ruins...stunning views

I'd recommend when you visit wear flat shoes..bring some water as there's lots to see and if you go... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Vuyo H
via mobile
Read all 254 reviews
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
This is now the great capital of great significance ancient monument south of the Sahara; in Africa it is second in size and importance to the Egyptian Pyramids. The towering stone houses Dzimba dzamabwe were home of 2000 shona speaking people that prospered between 12th and 15th centuries and its 270 hectares in size. That's where the beautiful stylish fish eagle was found i.e, the Zimbabwe bird on the national flag. The country was later on named Zimbabwe derived from the ruins.Every structure was built using a dry stone technquie- entirely without mortar-involving millions of stones, each one supporting another.
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good29%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“on site” (9 reviews)
“ancient city” (9 reviews)
Masvingo, Zimbabwe
Masvingo, Zimbabwe
+263 77 401 1364
Write a ReviewReviews (254)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 217 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The place is remarkable. You need a guide to appreciate it. Your fitness levels must be relatively good, otherwise you can collapse going up, especially in the heat. Prices for non-locals are exorbitant compared to locals, even for children, and leave a bad taste. Management...More

Thank ThaboMok
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I'd recommend when you visit wear flat shoes..bring some water as there's lots to see and if you go up to the Ancient City it's a bit of a hike up some stone steps. Definitely take the option with a guide as they are so...More

Thank Vuyo H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Having been built hundreds of years ago, this tourist attraction is one of the iconic sites in Africa. Situated in the heart of Zimbabwe (3hrs away from Harare and Bulawayo), the ruins have defined the country and formulate the foundation of a surprisingly beautiful nation....More

Thank chroniclesoftendai
Reviewed 10 December 2017

This place is not well known and hence not very busy. I recommend good walking shoes water and a hat. There are lots of stairs!!

Thank Cassandra S
Reviewed 4 December 2017

This is honestly one of the most breathtaking places in Southern Africa. As well as the fact that Zimbabwe is named after this wonderful structure. - dzimba - Mabwe. Which translates to house of stone. So as you can imagine these rocks have a heavily...More

Thank ryanvanzyl
Reviewed 4 December 2017

Get a guide who understands these walls or you won’t appreciate them as much. Wear decent footwear as there are plenty of steep spots. There are small and tight areas you will need to walk through as well. This needs a reasonable fitness level. We...More

Thank claire_beer
Reviewed 23 October 2017

We were guided by the most friendly mr Gift trough this magnificent site. A amazing experience and a must see to all Zimbabwe visitors.

Thank Niek V
Reviewed 19 October 2017 via mobile

Oct 2017: The park is open Sun-Fri 6 am - 6 pm, Sat 6 am - lunchtime-ish. The museum is open 8 am - 4.45 pm (probably closes by lunchtime on Sat, I didn't ask). Admission is 15 usd/day for foreign nationals and covers the...More

Thank Inga O
Reviewed 18 October 2017

Great Zimbabwe (also the place gives its name to the country) is an ancient trading city linked with kilwa Kisani in Tanzania. The immensity of what was created not just on the ground but also on top of the hill overlooking the great enclosure is...More

Thank TheTrailingSpouse
Reviewed 15 October 2017

What else could I say that has not been said? We were blessed with a crisp clear day with beautiful cool winds and the amazing accomplishments of this civilization! We hiked up to the fortress on the hill (take the ancient path UP, and the...More

2  Thank RADdoc_TX
Nearby HotelsSee all 1 hotels in Masvingo
Hotel Flamboyant
21 reviews
23.04 km away
Nearby Restaurants
Bluebird Cafe
14 reviews
24.96 km away
Paibwe Resturant
5 reviews
25.05 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
16 March 2017|
Response from LanguagemavenAnirtak | Reviewed this property |
We went on. Sunday in January.....
16 March 2017|
Response from MIKEndSUE | Reviewed this property |
Hi, Unfortunately I have no information on the opening times. Cheers Mike
sangeeta d
16 February 2017|
Response from dnjerere | Reviewed this property |
The influence of Great Zimbabwe on smaller town is a boost in hotel and other accommodation providing businesses from tourists who flock to see Great Zimbabwe monuments. It has also led to local people in small town to... More