Zimbabwe's Original Capital City
"Zimbabwe" means "the house of stone" and is named after the 11th century kingdom and trading city we now call Great Zimbabwe. This National Monument is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the southeast corner of the country is one place not to miss when driving between Harare and Bulawayo and is only a couple hours from Pamushana Lodge. Walls made of stacked stones balance on top of boulders - the remnants of a Shona king's fort. Here, look for the shouting cave, designed such that anything yelled into the space will echo down into the valley below. During your guided tour, you'll also visit the Great Enclosure which is thought to have been a temple. There is not much wildlife in the area (due to poaching), so you'll want to visit nearby Masvingo National Park to see wildlife while you're in this part of Zimbabwe.
By Marie Frei, AFAR Local Expert
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