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Ancient Mutoko Ruins

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Mutoko, a small town established as an administrative station in 1911, and home to the Buja people who settled in this area from Mhingari, now Mozambique. It is from this area that the country is fed, with tomatoes, mangoes, cotton, maize and beans being some of the most grown crops. There are several attractions in Mutoko, leading with the Mutemwa Leprosy Centre established in 1937, and the centre where 25,000 people attend a church service in honour of John Bradburne, a Catholic martyr. Mutoko ruins are the remains of ancient civilisation (14th Century), referred by locals as Tere raMakate, meaning Makate’s old village - an ancient chief who ruled the area until he was subdued by Nehoreka, who came from the north: now Mozambique. There are several caves in and around the Mutoko area, including, Madzimudzangara Cave, Ruchera Cave, Manemba Cave, and Gambarimwe Cave. Although some of the caves are remote, we make a reasonable effort to see them.

 

The Last Destination is a living village museum, with a collection of traditional weapons, art, and is a cultural preservation centre. Sekuru (an endearing term for an elderly man) Chiunye runs this museum together with his wife, and it gives visitors a chance to live and experience Zimbabwean culture and history. Nyadire River Fishing Safaris are on hand to take you on boat rides, and fishing camps.

Provisional Itinerary

Day 1: Depart Harare

            Tour of the farms: tomatoes and tobacco

            Mtemwa Leprosy Centre

            Sunset hike

Day 2: boat ride on Nyadire River and fishing

            Mutoko Ruins (Tere raMakate)

            Last Destination Museum

Day 3: Visit to the local Chief’s Court

            Depart for Harare

Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast

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