Straddling its own grounds and the World Heritage Site is the Great Zimbabwe Hotel and Lodges, with the lodges within the site and, therefore, the subject of preservation orders.
Only a short walk away from the Monument itself, the hotel has its own tradition – the African Sun tradition of a warm welcome and top quality products and service.
The swimming pool, tennis court and beach volleyball pitch are only a 2 minute walk from the majority of the rooms. The Sunset Bar is a favourite with locals and guests.
But it is the all-pervasive sense of history, of being in a different time frame, most noticeable in the grounds of the monument but still felt in the luxury of the hotel, that strikes guests as unique. And the mystery surrounding the now-deserted site, its total quiet and stillness, adds to the feeling of being part of an old but long gone civilisation. What happened to the people who built it? Was it for protection or was it a place of worship?
There are many theories and all will be heard in the cocktail bar of the Great Zimbabwe Hotel. No stay in Zimbabwe is complete without a visit to the Great Zimbabwe Monument.