The mysterious ruined city of Great Zimbabwe dates to the 11th to 15th centuries AD and remains the emblem and heart of the nation. The Unesco World Heritage-listed site provides evidence that ancient Africa reached a level of civilisation not suspected by earlier scholars. The site is divided into several significant ruins with three main areas – Hill Complex, the Valley and the Great Enclosure. The site is easily explored by yourself, or you can arrange a guided tour. The best time to study is dawn and dusk when the sunrise, or sunset, enhances this stunning site.