The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Great Zimbabwe is one of the best preserved stone cities in sub-Saharan Africa! Historians believe that the first structures in this ruined city were erected around AD 1100, and added to up until the 15th century for religious and political reasons. Built as a tribute to a long succession of rulers, the city was situated at a key trading position which lead to great wealth. The city was the capital of Zimbabwe in the Late Iron Age and home to the Queen of Sheba, according to legend. At its peak, it was thought to have housed 18,000 people!


  • Heritage


  • UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Ruins
  • Archaeological Sites

Places to Stay

Exterior of the Lodge at the Ancient City in Great Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe, Africa
Lodge at the Ancient City

Style: Lodge

Integrated in the midst of a massive granite outcrop on a ridge overlooking Great Zimbabwe, the ‘Lodge at the Ancient…

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Norma Jeans Lakeview Resort

Style: Guest house

Located in south-eastern Zimbabwe, on the shores of Lake Mutirikwi and close to the Great Zimbabwe monument, Norma Jeane's Lakeview Resort offers guests a simple yet comfortable colonially reminiscent atmosphere.

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Activities in Great Zimbabwe

Activities at Lodge at the Ancient City

Game drives, bush walks and boat cruises


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