The drive out from Chimanimani was a long one but in comparison with Mozambique the roads were amazing and the scenery was nice too, with baobabs a plenty, kopjies, and little groups of the classic Zim thatched mud huts. THe huge arch of the Birchenough bridge came as a bit of a surprise after the kilometers of mud huts. As we approached Masvingo the GPS sent us on a scenic shortcut around Lake Kyle. 30kms of dirt road through what I sure would have been very nice scenery, had it been light enough to see anything. We finally arrived at Great Zim in the dark and set up our camp.
In the morning we explored the ruins and the museums, getting some interesting talks from the guides. The main attraction is the great enclosure. A complex surrounded by enourmous walls, a couple meters thick and probably 12m high, made from granite blocks and entirely without mortar. The ruins are said to have been left by the old Shona civilisation a few hundred years ago.
After having our fill of ruins, we continued on yet another long drive, this time to Bulawayo, the second largest city in Zimbabwe.

The drive out from Chimanimani was a long one but in comparison with Mozambique the roads were amazing and the scenery was nice too, with baobabs a plenty, kopjies, and little groups of the classic Zim thatched mud huts. The huge arch of the Birchenough bridge came as a bit of a surprise after the kilometers of mud huts. As we approached Masvingo the GPS sent us on a scenic shortcut around Lake Kyle. 30kms of dirt road through what I sure would have been very nice scenery, had it been light enough to see anything. We finally arrived at Great Zim in the dark and set up our camp.

In the morning we explored the ruins and the museums, getting some interesting talks from the guides. The main attraction is the great enclosure. A complex surrounded by enourmous walls, a couple meters thick and probably 12m high, made from granite blocks and entirely without mortar. The ruins are said to have been left by the old Shona civilisation a few hundred years ago.

After having our fill of ruins, we continued on yet another long drive, this time to Bulawayo, the second largest city in Zimbabwe.