The Great Zimbabwe Ruins can be found in Southern Zimbabwe, about two hours from the country’s second largest city, Bulawayo. No visit to Zimbabwe or tour of Southern Africa would be complete without a visit to the Great Zimbabwe Ruins – a lost and ruined city that was once the home to Zimbabwe’s monarchy.
The Great Zimbabwe Ruins were built between the 11th and 14th centuries and cover over 722 hectares. Once home to the people of Great Zimbabwe and the royal palace of the monarch, over 18 000 people once lived here. It was the seat of political power and was a true force to be reckoned with in the Iron Age; a formidable African palace, perhaps the largest during its time in Southern Africa.
Today, remains of this archaeological treasure can still be seen. The walls were built up to five meters high and where constructed without mortar – it is a true miracle that the structures can still be seen today over six centuries later. It was first encountered by Europeans in the 19th century and is now a national monument of Zimbabwe, conserved and looked after as a proud piece of heritage.
Nomad Tours will take you to this enchanted African palace, enlightening you to the history surrounding the Zimbabwe Kingdom and the political climates which it’s survived. Embark on the Nomad Tours 12 day Great Zimbabwe Explorer to see this beautiful historical fortress and national monument.