Natural History Museum Of Zimbabwe

Khami Ruins

Khami Ruins

Khami Ruins is an extensive complex of stonewalled sites that lies just west of Bulawayo.

It is one of Zimbabwe’s World Heritage Sites and was the capital of the Butua State, its leaders reigning from about AD 1450 until its fiery destructive around AD 1644.

A small site museum provides useful background information to the site itself.

Khami Ruins Architecture

Khami is dominated by a series of terraced stone ruins, often highly decorated.

The largest comprises of three, tiered platforms that was the home of the King and his family. The imposing front façade marked the main entrance. Nearby are the Cross Ruin with its mysterious stone Dominican Cross and the Northern Platform once used to process gold.

The Precipice Ruin was a ritual centre that has the longest decorated stonewall of its kind. The nearby Passage Ruin consists of two adjoining semicircular platforms accessed by a narrow passageway. Like many of the other smaller platforms, it is likely that it was once occupied by one of the elite officials of the state.

Visitors are able to wander around the site on several paths taking in the site’s unique cultural and natural heritage.

Khami Ruins Bulawayo

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David Reason
David Reason
26/01/2021
This is a fabulous treasure for Zimbabwe with around 7 separate galleries of very well presented exhibits such as geology, entomology, herpetology, African mammals, colonial history, local African tribes, astronomy, humankind and mycology (fungi). It also houses hundreds of thousands of specimens in around 10 Collections, including arachnids, Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths), birds, snakes, plants and fungi - these Collections can be seen but by appointment only. The museum staff are pleasant and knowledgeable. There is an onsite café to pick up a snack or two and a public library of really interesting natural history books. There is also good info on the two World Heritage sites managed by the museum, these being the Matobo World View site and the Khami Ruins which are also magical places to go and visit!
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Angel Bert
05/12/2020
It was lovely experience
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Fritz Madida
Fritz Madida
03/12/2020
Most fascinating collection of historical artefacrs
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CLIVE SIBANDA J
26/11/2020
Thank you for the important information
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Thabo Pricel
22/11/2020
Amaze balls
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Nkosinathi Mdudo
07/11/2020
Such an amazing experience
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