The Great Zimbabwe Ruins and Matobo Hills
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The abandoned ruined city was first discovered by European traders and explorers in the early 16th century. In essence the word "Great" distinguishes the site from the many hundreds of smaller ruins scattered across the Zimbabwe Highveld (Known as Zimbabwes) and 200 similar sites in southern Africa. This includes Bumbusi in Zimbabwe and Manekweni in Mozambique, with Great Zimbabwe being the largest of these.
The Matobo National Park forms the core of the Matobo or Matopos Hills, an area of granite kopjes (Rocky outcrops) and wooded valleys commencing some 35 kilometres south of Bulawayo the second largest city in southern Zimbabwe.
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