If there’s a UNESCO Heritage site that is as spectacular as the Macchu Picchu. It would be none other than the Great Zimbabwe. An ancient city located in the southern hills of Zimbabwe. This historical site is surrounded by many large rocks. A vestige of a Kingdom that once flourished in the southern Africa between 11th-15th century.
The Great Zimbabwe is an important part of national identity that the country itself was named for this ancient city. Nowadays, it is the source of considerable pride for Zimbabweans. It makes me wonder why this place hasn’t attract more global recognition. After all, it has the largest ancient structure in the sub-Sahara Africa. When the site was discovered by Europeans, it caused controversy in the archeological world which refused to believe it was constructed by the African people. There has been much speculation & debate regarding the origins of these ruins. But the general consensus is that the Great Zimbabwe was built by the forefathers of the Shona people. The cause of decline & abandonment of this civilazation is still shrouded in mystery. It is widely suggested that climatic change, political instability & overpopulation contributed to its downfall.
Our exploration began with a hike on the ancient trail to the top of the hill complex. Followed by a visit to a replica of a Shona village. There we were entertained by musicians. We moved on to the Great Enclosure afterwards. A small museum nearby (that holds the archaeological artefacts that have been recovered) was our last stop before the end of the tour.