They also helped with a room. (Apparently, attendees of a conference at the resort had booked it solid, but left this morning. Yet, the staff hadn’t cleaned any rooms (and weren’t bothering to, until the couple persuaded them to ready one for me.)
My return from the Great Zimbabwe was a peasant walk and then an easy hitchhike back to Masvingo.
PARKENTRANCE FEE: $15 (If you stay at the campsite, this ticket is good for a week).
TAKE ALL FOOD + WATER from the decently priced supermarket in Masvingo.
You can score cheese, bread, salami, fruit, alcohol, snacks, etc.
Otherwise the National Park shop has little beyond soft drinks and crisps. And the resort is expensive (I tried the cheapest option: a hamburger @ $10. Yet, the cold beer is cheap).
ACCOMMODATION: Stay at the government camp site, if you don’t have a tent. Simple double huts with electricity and shared bathroom @ US15 per person.
Tranquility in the presence of the Great Zimbabwe
This region of Zimbabwe is silent on the backpacker circuit.
You’ll have the ruins to yourself, mostly.
AND, even if you’re not crazy about ruins, the location – looking to humped-rocks, watching playful monkeys or wandering amid nature, offers bliss amid an ancient and sacred space.