Great Zimbabwe Campground & Lodges is a place on spacious grounds, just a few minutes walk from the Great Zimbabwe ruins. This is just the ticket for budget travellers as the only other budget accommodation being in Masvingo, a 40 minute bus ride away and at twice the price – so this is your best bet. It has a wide variety of accommodation including two dorms, male & female. The dorms are pretty rustic and crammed to the gills with beds. While the female dorm has 38 bunks, the male dorm has 30 beds, some bunks, some singles, all packed tightly together. They are cheap, but bedding costs extra and there are very few power points. You won’t find any tables or lockers for your luggage either. It’s barebones here.

The shared toilets and showers are likewise very basic and you won’t get hot water here! You also need to provide your own soap, towels and toilet paper. There are rondavels (round huts) and cottages for singles and families alike scattered throughout the grounds that look very good value though. There is an onsite restaurant that serves a few basic but tasty meals and some soft drinks quite cheaply that has a flat screen TV as well. The grounds are expansive and there is plenty of room for camping. There was an issue with the only other occupant of my dorm going out with the key so I couldn’t get in on arrival. Make sure you leave the key with reception – it’s the only one they have! Also, make sure the doors and windows are shut as there are monkeys about.


Convenient for the ruins

Very Basic

Cramped Dorms

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Our Rating:
Great Zimbabwe Campground & Lodges

Rated 2.5 / 5.0 (1 review)

From USD 10.00 per person – 30-bed dorm (available)

The only budget option in this area.

(Last Reviewed: August 2016)