Great Zimbabwe - the ruins that rewrote the history

Once I reached Masvinga it was not hard to find my way to the Great Zimbabwe. I was dropped of at the bus station, but the driver insisted to take me to place from where the combis (local buses) going my way are leaving. The combi driver then insisted on driving me of his way all the way to the Great Zimbabwe hotel (from where the walk to the ruins start) and saved me walking another 2km in the rain. 

Great Zimbabwe are ruins, the biggest of its kind in Africa, which prove that there was a civilization with trade ties with China, Arabs or Indians before the settlers from Europe even built their first boat. The ruins date back to 11th century and number of gold decorations, ceramic pots or glass objects were found there. The way the ruins were build surprises the scientists to this day - no cement or other glue-like material was used for this 7,5kmcity with its impressive structures. Great Zimbabwe also gave name to the country itself, which before its independence was called Rhodesia. If you would like to read some more about the place you can try this

Within Great Zimbabwe, you can also find reconstructed Shona village, which as an open museum shows how the traditional community looked like. One can say that this part is a little but politicized to play into the cards of the old president Mugabe, as Shona people were not the tribe behind this great structure and civilization (still number of theories are being discussed about the influence and origin of the Great Zimbabwe), nevertheless the village is an interesting place to see and tourist can even spend a night in a traditional hut with family looking after you. 

I managed to walk around 7km up and down the hill and around the whole complex, while it was drizzling a little bit, and enjoy the whole place just for myself. The museum inside also offers a lot of information and the nearby hotel offers (so I heard) some nice meals too. 

I was happy to hitch-hike to Masvinga on time for another bus ride (still drizzling and it was getting late) and caught a bus to Harare. During the day and in the bus I met some cool people (their stories are on Facebook) and in Harare my lovely couchsurfer Joyce was already awaiting me with dinner. What a lovely nation those Zimbabweans are!