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“more interesting than expected”
Review of Khami Ruins

Khami Ruins
Ranked #4 of 16 things to do in Bulawayo
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Owner description: Constructed in the 16th century, this is a site of the former capital and major trading city.
Reviewed 22 July 2014

These ruins are more extensive than expected and highly photogenic. Without our expert guide, however, I'm not sure I would have understood what I was looking at. Some kind of site interpretation is desperately needed.

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Reviewed 20 July 2014

Bit of a hassle to get at, only 22km from Bulawayo. But the road truns into a bit of a mess, taxi had to go very slowly.
For $10 entry fee ($3 locals) it's well worth is. There is a friendly and knowlegeable guide that you can hire - you decide the fee,
Take a picnic and if you have time some food for the BBQ - there is a very neat picnic site with toilets and water taps. The BBQ's are ready set up.
The ruins are amazing - to me and date back to about 1400.
Just great to walk through them and see wildlife as well - there are some deer types and veret monkies + baboons.
At the moment the artifacts found at the site are in the big museum in Bulawayo as the building is being rebuilt at the moment. So worth going to the museum as well.

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Reviewed 11 April 2014

Nice ruins. We were lucky to find a local to show us the ruins, otherwise you can find most of them since there are no indications. Khami ruins are some 20km north of Bulawayo, and it's possible to see them combined with the Matopo Hills on the same day.

Thank Jordi1024
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Reviewed 17 March 2014 via mobile

Khami is a great place to visit, so peaceful and quiet. Having a guide is a must as very informative and without just seems a pile of rocks. Like many places mid week, we were only visitors there so got an exclusive tour and could explore everywhere.

I've been to great zim as well and for a 'foreigner' this gives you a better insight into Zimbabwe and it's history. A delightful find!

Only downside is the signposts from Bulawayo aren't very good so be prepared to ask for directions and turn around lots. We got sent to the prison first time but got there eventually.

1  Thank Jelibori
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Reviewed 13 March 2014

Khami Ruins situated just 22 km west of Bulawayo collects a wonderful scenery and educational history of the Rozvi Mambo who once settled during the 18th century after they left the Great Zimbabwe Ruins and these ruins were built strategically to protect themselves against enemies who will be trying to overpower his leadership. Khami is a river which adjoin the ruins and maximum prison are an attraction to the community around this vicinity except the river which is contaminated with sewage water. It is a cool place to relief yourself from a long journey whilst transiting to South Africa, Harare, Victoria Falls or other places via Bulawayo. If you do not have enough time to go to Great Zimbabwe Ruins then take this opportunity as soon as you land into Bulawayo to visit this tremendous place which will highlight on much of the information based on Great Zimbabwe from the 15th to 18th century. This place is good for families eager to learn history about Zimbabwe, students who re doing history and geography, churches, tourists and food, wheelchair and a locker is organized by the Safari operator. I recommend to use a Guide as it is an informative and educational trip.

Thank Mbiratours
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