Long ago in ancient Africa, the Shona people constructed a great city out of stone. Built over a period of 300 years, from the 11th century to the 14th, the Shona built elaborate buildings and rock walls over 5 meters high, without even using mortar to hold the individual stones together.
This was Great Zimbabwe, the center of the kingdom of Zimbabwe and a major trading post for gold, salt and other valuables. And while it was abandoned for unknown reasons after the 14th century, its ruins still remain. Attractive to visitors and archaeologists alike, the site was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. Per the UNESCO web site:
“The ruins of Great Zimbabwe – the capital of the Queen of Sheba, according to an age-old legend – are a unique testimony to the Bantu civilization of the Shona between the 11th and 15th centuries. The city, which covers an area of nearly 80 ha, was an important trading centre and was renowned from the Middle Ages onwards.”
To visit Great Zimbabwe, you’ll need your passport and a Zimbabwe visa. As long as you’re just traveling as a tourist, you have the choice of applying for the visa in advance or applying at the airport when you arrive. You will need the following documents:
- Your passport
- 2 completed Zimbabwe visa application forms
- 2 passport photos.
- To enter the country, you also need to bring adequate funds and show your return ticket.
Also, it’s important to note that if you are planning to enter or exit Zimbabwe via South Africa, you need to have at least 2 spotlessly blank pages in the back of your passport per entry. If you don’t, you won’t be able to enter South Africa.
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