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Erected by the Kalanga and Torwa clans in the 17th century

Erected by the Kalanga and Torwa clans in the 17th century

Tourism Zimbabwe has for years been biased to the Victoria Falls,Kariba and Great Zimbabwe, whilst other attractions have wallowed in the peripheries-not to speak about being considered as a potential for tourist attraction.Erected by the Kalanga and Torwa clans in the 17th century, the
Naletale ruins are located about 25 kilometers east Shangani in Midlands , Zimbabwe and is believed to be part of pre-colonial Zimbabwe civilization.

Naletale has a marvelous site as the morning sun rise, dispersing the mist in the cold region of Midlands-surely something for a selfie or two for fond memories from the land of the majestic Victoria Falls.Built by granite rocks without mortar, Naletale is in the family of the popular Great Zimbabwe Ruins which earned its space on the local
currency.

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Naletale, a natural site is a must see for every visitor who desires a fresh feel of Zimbabwe and the wildlife that surrounds the area is an icing on the cake.Visitors are treated to game meat from wildlife; a delicacy on for
those who visit Zimbabwe.Naletale will give you an experience of a life time as you get face to face with nature.The fresh air of the Mountainous Naletale away from the fumes of the major cities has since attracted many American tourists.Although the ruins were almost hewed down by natural factors, the US Embassy in 2012 intervened to give the heritage site a face lift and now can contest as the destination of choice for tourists.

The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) boss Karikoga Kaseke has even rated Naletale as one of the tourist attractions with great potential of contributing immensely to the tourism receipts.“It is a very good product that has come on board and we have the mandateto market it,” Kaseke had this to say about Naletale.A visit by The Inspired Africa to Naletale was an opening to a window of endless wonders of our motherland, a reservoir of African pride and history for posterity.

Driving through the dusty, rocky roads one cannot fail to marvel amazing flora of all kinds, a site that brought fond memories of me as a nine year old boy in rural Rusape.
Further down the dusty lane is a sneak peek of kudus and warthogs shying away from the not to be ‘trusted’ humans.
Shingirai Mapuranga, a tour guide welcomed the crew as we embarked on what was going to an enthralling experience of our time. “Brace yourselves guys, we are in for a treat,” Mapuranga said.Mapuranga resides in a village close to the ruins and his presence made the tour more interesting as he showed us the most interesting sites of our time. As we finally got to the ancient ruins, I felt proud to be a
Zimbabwean, because I hardly knew that my province had such a
beautiful site.

Touring the site proved that our ancestors were the most intelligent scholars, painters and builders of all time and not the dull folk that history tells us. How does someone think of building such a structure? I asked myself. The paintings of hunters, ancient families and some artifacts of early civilization are all signs of genius and could attract tourists anytime.

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It also dawned on my mind why the local university Midlands State University (MSU) embedded the ruins as part of its logo and how the students took part in the reconstruction of the ruins.Some of the tourists who had come to tour the site were thrilled to meet local people who appreciated their own heritage. American tourists are among the large number of visitors who tour the Naletale ruins.

“This is an amazing piece of art. We don’t have such overseas, my family will be thrilled to see these pictures,” an American tourist said.



Nyasha Chingono has a passion to see the world around him change through the written word. Having joined the profession in 2012, Chingono cultivated a strong passion for business reporting and matters of sustainable development. He has worked on one of Zimbabwe's reputable independent daily paper, The Daily News and the Midlands Bureau and contributed for various media houses both online and print. Currently a freelance journalist in the country's third largest city, Chingono possesses exceptional writing skills in news, politics, business, sports and tourism.