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Nestled in the granite outcrops near present day Mavingo are the ancient buildings of Great Zimbabwe. Today Great Zimbabwe remains the largest surviving ancient structure in sub-Saharan Africa. The ruins are the remains of several powerful civilisations that were prominent in the area from 300 ~ 1833 A.D., one of which was the Kingdom of Munhumatapa which traded gold and ivory for oriental luxuries with Arabs on the Indian Ocean coast and the influence of the kingdom extended for over 400km and was at it's peak in around 1450.
LODGE AT THE ANCIENT CITY
Overlooking this truly historic site and just outside the town of Masvingo on the main South Africa - Harare route is The Lodge At The Ancient City. This stunning lodge is built on a granite outcrop with magnificent views across a Msasa treed valley looking towards Great Zimbabwe and re-ignites the legends of this ancient empire. In the afternoon enjoy a guided tour of Great Zimbabwe from the Lodge At The Ancient City: No visit is complete without a comprehensive guided tour of the unique and mysterious Great Zimbabwe monument generally regarded as the centre of the legendary Kingdom of Munhumatapa.