Zooming All the Way to Great Zimbabwe and the Ancient City Lodge

I took the bus from Harare to Masvingo.

Landscape and Cone-on-Cylinder Buildings Between Harare and Masvingo, Zimbabwe Landscape and Cone-on-Cylinder Buildings Between Harare and Masvingo, Zimbabwe Landscape and Cone-on-Cylinder Buildings Between Harare and Masvingo, Zimbabwe

Landscape and Cloudy Sky Between Harare and Masvingo, Zimbabwe Landscape and Cloudy Sky Between Harare and Masvingo, Zimbabwe

Then, on January 20, 2008, I made it to the Great Zimbabwe Monument, outside Masvingo, Zimbabwe, by paying off a local gas station owner who was willing to undercut the price offered to me by unscrupulous taxi operators in town.

I stayed at the stunning Ancient City Lodge, which is itself a recreation of the grounds of ancient Great Zimbabwe. The hotel is one of the best hotels where I’ve stayed anywhere in the world and certainly an amazing find in Zimbabwe. Tip: the price in South African rand was much more reasonable than the US dollar price for some unknown reason.

Bedroom of My Suite at the Ancient City Lodge, Great Zimbabwe, Outside Masvingo, Zimbabwe Bedroom of My Suite at the Ancient City Lodge, Great Zimbabwe, Outside Masvingo, Zimbabwe Bedroom of My Suite at the Ancient City Lodge, Great Zimbabwe, Outside Masvingo, Zimbabwe

Front Entrance of My Suite at the Ancient City Lodge, Great Zimbabwe, Outside Masvingo, Zimbabwe Bedroom of My Suite at the Ancient City Lodge, Great Zimbabwe, Outside Masvingo, Zimbabwe Bedroom of My Suite at the Ancient City Lodge, Great Zimbabwe, Outside Masvingo, Zimbabwe

Bathroom of My Suite at the Ancient City Lodge, Great Zimbabwe, Outside Masvingo, Zimbabwe Towel Rack in Bathroom of My Suite at the Ancient City Lodge, Great Zimbabwe, Outside Masvingo, Zimbabwe Bathtub in Bathroom of My Suite at the Ancient City Lodge, Great Zimbabwe, Outside Masvingo, Zimbabwe

Shelves in My Suite at the Ancient City Lodge, Great Zimbabwe, Outside Masvingo, Zimbabwe Bedroom of My Suite at the Ancient City Lodge, Great Zimbabwe, Outside Masvingo, Zimbabwe Bedroom of My Suite at the Ancient City Lodge, Great Zimbabwe, Outside Masvingo, Zimbabwe

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Horny Impala Grazing in Meadow Outside My Suite at the Ancient City Lodge, Great Zimbabwe, Outside Masvingo, Zimbabwe Impala in Meadow Outside My Suite at the Ancient City Lodge, Great Zimbabwe, Outside Masvingo, Zimbabwe Impala in Meadow Outside My Suite at the Ancient City Lodge, Great Zimbabwe, Outside Masvingo, Zimbabwe

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Baby Monkey in Meadow Outside My Suite at the Ancient City Lodge, Great Zimbabwe, Outside Masvingo, Zimbabwe Monkey Jumping From Tree in Meadow Outside My Suite at the Ancient City Lodge, Great Zimbabwe, Outside Masvingo, Zimbabwe Monkey Climbing Tree in Meadow Outside My Suite at the Ancient City Lodge, Great Zimbabwe, Outside Masvingo, Zimbabwe

Monkey Perched in Tree in Meadow Outside My Suite at the Ancient City Lodge, Great Zimbabwe, Outside Masvingo, Zimbabwe Monkeys in Meadow Outside My Suite at the Ancient City Lodge, Great Zimbabwe, Outside Masvingo, Zimbabwe Monkey Munching on Flower in Meadow Outside My Suite at the Ancient City Lodge, Great Zimbabwe, Outside Masvingo, Zimbabwe

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Monkey Perched in Tree Outside My Suite at the Ancient City Lodge, Great Zimbabwe, Outside Masvingo, Zimbabwe Monkey Perched in Tree Outside My Suite at the Ancient City Lodge, Great Zimbabwe, Outside Masvingo, Zimbabwe Monkey Holding Baby Monkey on Wall Outside My Suite at the Ancient City Lodge, Great Zimbabwe, Outside Masvingo, Zimbabwe

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Reception Desk at the Ancient City Lodge, Great Zimbabwe, Outside Masvingo, Zimbabwe Photograph of President Mugabe Behind Reception Desk at the Ancient City Lodge, Great Zimbabwe, Outside Masvingo, Zimbabwe Floor Mosaic Probably of Crocodile or Lizard, Reception at the Ancient City Lodge, Great Zimbabwe, Outside Masvingo, Zimbabwe

Landscaping at the Ancient City Lodge, Great Zimbabwe, Outside Masvingo, Zimbabwe Landscaping at the Ancient City Lodge, Great Zimbabwe, Outside Masvingo, Zimbabwe Swimming Pool at the Ancient City Lodge, Great Zimbabwe, Outside Masvingo, Zimbabwe

View From Swimming Pool Area at the Ancient City Lodge, Great Zimbabwe, Outside Masvingo, Zimbabwe View From Swimming Pool Area at the Ancient City Lodge, Great Zimbabwe, Outside Masvingo, Zimbabwe Patio Near Swimming Pool at the Ancient City Lodge, Great Zimbabwe, Outside Masvingo, Zimbabwe

Patio Near Swimming Pool at the Ancient City Lodge, Great Zimbabwe, Outside Masvingo, Zimbabwe Replicas of Great Zimbabwe Birds at the Ancient City Lodge, Great Zimbabwe, Outside Masvingo, Zimbabwe Grounds of the Ancient City Lodge, Great Zimbabwe, Outside Masvingo, Zimbabwe

Grounds of the Ancient City Lodge, Great Zimbabwe, Outside Masvingo, Zimbabwe Sculpture of Great Zimbabwe Bird Outside the Enclosure Around My Suite at the Ancient City Lodge, Outside Masvingo, Zimbabwe

After resting for a day, I made my way to the monument the following day as chronicled in the following blog entry.

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