Khami Ruins, Bulawayo

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A former capital of the Butua State and a major trading center, Khami Ruins features a series of terraces with ornately decorated stone walls. Established around 1450 and abandoned in the mid-17th century, the ruins acquired the World Heritage status in 1986. Wander around the three largest tiered platforms, which were once occupied by the royal family. Notice the checkerboard design on a 68 m (223 ft) long stone block wall. The smaller terraces once housed clay huts of the state officials, while the open areas were reserved for commoners. Visit the small on-site museum to gather some background information. See Khami Ruins and all Bulawayo has to offer by arranging your trip with our Bulawayo route planner.
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  • Decided to visit the ruins , road access poor to get to however once there cheap to enter, lovey views from the site, nice walk up to the dam wall, however the actual ruins a little un kept , however....  more »
  • Khami Ruins is a special place, especially with local knowledge. Loved my time there. We made a last-minute booking with This and That Safaris, and they were able to fit us - thankfully, as it made...  more »
  • Khami Ruins is a smaller, less-visited site than the Great Zimbabwe, but has all the same elements - the brick work, especially. It preceded the Great Zimbabwe’s building.  more »
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  • A great architectural marvel, my ancestors did a great thing. What makes me unhappy is that they had to abbandon their home.
  • This gps position for the ruins entrance is incorrect, rather google “green gables high school” (5GFCRCRC+54). The entrance to the ruins and museum is behind the school. The ruins are amazing to see, the views from the “king’s residence” even more spectacular.
  • Had a great time at the ruins, really enjoyed myself...
  • If you love a quiet time totally unplugged from the hustle and bustle, Khami is one place you should put on your to visit list when coming to Zimbabwe.
  • A good place to learn about old civilisations.

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