Our client this week lives in Gutu, very near to Great Zimbabwe and also close to a friend whom I met via Facebook. So it was easy to plan a trip to Great Zimbabwe and the areas surrounding Masvingo. However, from Wednesday onwards, the temperature dropped and dropped (it was 13 deg C on Saturday!!!!!) and we awoke on Sunday morning to “Guti” the word that describes mist that occasionally hardens to rain. It doesn’t do much, by way of precipitation, and messes up my photos!
We went to Great Zimbabwe Monument anyway and only once or twice did I have to wipe moisture off my camera.
I wonder if the slight mist enhances the feeling of mystery one feels walking around the ruins.
I think, when I took this pic, (above) it was to show the thickness of the walls. The boulders are huge – look how tiny I am compared to the rocks in the photo below…
I took hundreds of photographs and will need to make several blog posts to do a decent job of showing the ruins. All of these are taken from the “Hill Complex.” In the pic above, you can see how the builders used the massive granite boulders to built into, and also how they often narrow down the paths into bottle-necks. I guess all security features.
Its only the climb up to the Hill Complex that is steep – once up there, the steps are mostly short, although the passages narrow.
Below is a short video of me walking through one of them!
The view of the “Great Enclosure” is pretty good from the “Hill Complex” and we used the “ancient path” to climb down.
Its quite a gradient and we had to pick our way carefully, especially as the steps were slightly wet.