Introduction

The capital of the Masvingo Province bears the same name and its claim to fame is its proximity to the Great Zimbabwe National Monument, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest ruins in sub-Saharan Africa. It was once the centre of a vast empire known as the Munhumutapa Empire and was built with dry-stone technique using no mortar to hold the stones together. Despite this, the buildings have survived for seven centuries. Lake Mutirikwe Recreational Park is a popular destination for boating and fishing, while the game park to the north is home to a rich variety of plains game including white rhino imported from the Umfolozi National Park in South Africa.

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