Explore the political and cultural heritage of the Great Zimbabwe capital. Learn about the early indigenous inhabitants of the largest stone structure in the country. Great Zimbabwe, once the kingdom of the Monomotapa people, is steeped in mystery. Built between the 13th and 15th centuries, Great Zimbabwe was the centre of a vast Shona Empire, which covered most of the modern Zimbabwe. This vast complex of granite stone is second only to the pyramids of Ancient Egypt in terms of pre-colonial African architecture and size. A World Heritage Site, the breath-taking ruins are a highlight for anyone travelling to Zimbabwe. Continue to the second of three Unesco world heritage sites, the historic Matobo Hills National Park. Steeped in history, the park is home to the grave of Cecil John Rhodes, stunning granite rock formations and the opportunity to track black rhinos on foot.
We depart from (Harare 296 km ) for the greatest medieval city in sub-Saharan Africa. Great Zimbabwe (designated a world heritage site) are impressive, built over hundreds of years ago, between the 11th and 14th centuries). On arrival you will be assisted to check into lodges or similar. This afternoon, we will tour the ruins of Africa's second largest stone structure (after the Egyptian pyramids) which share the region with one of the most attractive game parks in the country. These are without doubt the most famous and most splendid ancient ruins in sub-Saharan Africa. The place is surrounded by myths and mystique that have puzzled experts for years; try a moonlight tour to prove that. Take your time to explore both the ruins in the valley and the so-called acropolis on the hill, and marvel at the skill of those ancient architects and stone masons. According to historians, it was a sophisticated complex of buildings that could have housed over 40 000 people at its peak.'
Archaeological findings have shown that it was a religious and temporal capital of great significance. Informative educational lectures are presented by local experts. Excursions are led by knowledgeable tour guides.
Overnight Standard Hotel Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After breakfast, we take a tour of the local village where we meet a traditional spirit medium who is attuned to the ancient spirits of the ruins. This region is bathed in mystery, and academics are divided about the history of the ruins. This is followed by sight-seeing in Mushandike Sanctuary, which is a close distance to this monument. The Mutirikwe National Park is a beautiful amalgamation of scenic landscape, manicured trees and granite structures. A must visit for nature lovers, it houses exotic plants like aloe and giant cacti. We move to the Mutirikwe dam and we enjoy the blue waters of the second largest man made dam in Zimbabwe after Kariba dam, before departing for Zimbabwe's oldest national park, Matobo (also UNESCO-designated). We pass through Zimbabwe's second capital, Bulawayo, en-route to Matobo Hills, where we visit the nearby Khami ruins, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Once the capital of the kingdom of Butua, the ruins include pavement and decorated stone walls of the royal enclosure dating from the 13th century. We complete our journey to Matobo, with its beautiful rock formations.
Overnight Standrad Lodge / Camp Included meals: Dinner , breakfast, and Lunch
This day you have a full day to explore the Matobo hills, which are home to an outstanding collection of rock paintings, the largest in southern Africa. Indeed, Matobo does offer a variety of sights; some striking scenery notably the "Kopjes" – strangely shaped weathered granite outcrops often in the form of huge "marbles" balanced on top of each other. This is an outstanding game park, which is full of reintroduced animals and, in terms of the whole gamut of African wildlife parks. By exploring the Matobo Hills, you will learn a lot about the African culture. You will be gathering a lot of knowledge about the history of this area. There are some amazing ancient rock paintings in the Matobo Hills. We will Visit the Site Museums at Nswatugi and Pomongwe San painted caves as well as a number of caves or overhangs which can be visited and contain Rock paintings.
On the hill ¨Malindidzimu¨, the legendary place of benevolent spirits also known as ¨View of the World¨, are the tombs of Cecil John Rhodes, Leander Starr Jameson, Sir James Coghlan, and the Allan Wilson Memorial.
Overnight Standrad Lodge / Camp Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
This marks the end of your trip