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Khami Ruins - A view from our expert author


With its decoratively patterned foundation, this fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Site is a pleasant place for a day trip.

Although at 35ha they are significantly smaller than Great Zimbabwe, the Khami Ruins (also spelt Khame or Kame) are a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Reconstruction has created not only a fascinating historical site but also a pleasant place to spend half a day. The reconstructed walls, with their simple yet intricate decorative patterns, provide plenty of scope for the enthusiastic photographer. A small, rather disappointing museum at the entrance may have the useful Trail Guide to the Khami National Monument for sale, but you’re more likely to find it in advance at the publicity association in Bulawayo. The site comprises two main areas of interest, the Hill Complex and the Outlying Hut Platforms to the south.

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