Parting shot 54 Travel Zimbabwe December 2009 Test of time Great Zimbabwe. Photographed by Chris Howes / Wild Places Photography / Alamy. With so much else to see in Zimbabwe, the detour to view an ancient ruin - the ' lost' city of Great Zimbabwe - might seem hardly worth the effort. But to act on that belief would be a pity. The site is more than beautiful. It is awe- inspiring. It opens the eye to something all too easily neglected in Africa - its extraordinary past.