Matobo Hills

Brief description

The area exhibits a profusion of distinctive rock landforms rising above the granite shield that covers much of Zimbabwe. The large boulders provide abundant natural shelters and have been associated with human occupation from the early Stone Age right through to early historical times, and intermittently since. They also feature an outstanding collection of rock paintings. The Matobo Hills continue to provide a strong focus for the local community, which still uses shrines and sacred places closely linked to traditional, social and economic activities.

Unesco WHS list ref: 306

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Khami Ruins National Monument

Brief description

Khami, which developed after the capital of Great Zimbabwe had been abandoned in the mid-16th century, is of great archaeological interest. The discovery of objects from Europe and China shows that Khami was a major centre for trade over a long period of time.

Unesco WHS list ref: 365

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Great Zimbabwe National Monument

Brief description

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.

Unesco WHS list ref:  364

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Mana Pools National Park, Sapi and Chewore Safari Areas

Brief description

On the banks of the Zambezi, great cliffs overhang the river and the floodplains. The area is home to a remarkable concentration of wild animals, including elephants, buffalo, leopards and cheetahs. An important concentration of Nile crocodiles is also be found in the area.

Unesco WHS list ref:  302

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Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls

Brief description

These are among the most spectacular waterfalls in the world. The Zambezi River, which is more than 2 km wide at this point, plunges noisily down a series of basalt gorges and raises an iridescent mist that can be seen more than 20 km away.

Unesco WHS list ref: 509

I have visited this site twice: once seeing the falls from Zambia, and once from Zimbabwe. Hugely impressive, even when there is not much water flowing. You only really get a sense of how these falls were formed from the air

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