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Introducing KHAMI RUINS NATIONAL MONUMENT

June 4, 2016

By Ahmed Mheta*

p-1000x640Are you interested in ancient archaeological wonders? If you are, the Khami Ruins National Monument is the place to be. Located to the west of the Khami  River near the city of Bulawayo in Zimbabwe, the Khami Ruins are a natural wonder.

Composed of a complex series of dry-stone walled platforms, the Khami Ruins represent a once great kingdom that is similar to the Great Zimbabwe Monuments. The ruins represent a high standard of craftsmanship and a population lived there under the Torwa Dynasty between 1450-1650. A King ruled over the population and was the spiritual, religious and political authority. The local population survived through farming and gathering activities and enjoyed an area of fertile lands.

468290343_b36456d5f7_zThe Khami Ruins became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986 and visiting the monument will help you understand the ancient Stone Age history. Do not forget your camera when you visit the Khami Ruins. The environment is picture-friendly and exceptional evidence related to human evolution can be seen at the ruins.

The architecture and archaeological artifacts present information to the visitor about the complex’s religious, socio-economic and spiritual aspects key to understanding the chronological development of Zimbabwe and South Africa.

The monument is one of the few sites that were not destroyed by treasure hunters. Archaeological remains are a proof of ancient trade with the Portuguese and other nationalities. The remains include Spanish porcelain, Rhineland stoneware and Ming porcelain and many others on display at the National Museum.

khami-ruinsMake sure to bring a friend or relative in order to enjoy this informative experience. The good weather which is usually clear skies and mild sun rays will certainly make your visit enjoyable. Guided tours are available to make your visit worthwhile and to aid you with information about the history of the ruins.

Fun Facts About Khami Ruins National Monument:

-The local population lived in daga huts made of cobwork and surrounded by granite walls.

-The king lived north on the Hill Ruin site surrounded by cultivation terraces.

– The discovery of objects from China and Europe prove that Khami was a major trade center.

-The Khami Ruins are situated on a 1300m hilltop downstream from a dam that was built in 1928.

– The ruins cover an area of about 108ha spread over a distance of about 2km.

-The ruins were built without mortar and cement.

-The Khami Ruins have survived  some natural veld fires, erosion and encroaching vegetation sometimes.

How to get there:

-Fly directly to Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport by commercial plane and be transferred by public or private transportation to Khami Ruins.

-Fly to Harare International Airport and be transferred to Khami Ruins by private or public transportation.

Or:

-Fly to Harare International Airport then rent a car to drive to Bulawayo.

Suggestions on where you can find accommodation(you can reserve or book in advance):

-The N1 Hotel Bulawayo.

-Bulawayo Rainbow Hotel.

-Holiday Inn Bulawayo.

-The Nesbitt Castle.

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