Nalatale Ruins

Nalatale Ruins

This is the only hill taller than the one on which Nalatale is built.

Take a look at this view…

Nalatale Ruins

Nalatale Ruins are in Shangani. I hadn’t been before and couldn’t really understand why they were built there – until I slogged up that hill…I could see for miles and miles.

Nalatale RuinsBoth images, below and above are (sort of) looking southOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABelow is a picture of one of the walls, side on –

Nalatale Ruins

The main wall – its been restored at some pointNalatale Ruins

The wall has fallen down in some places, this one, opposite the main wall. I’m told it’s going to be restored soon.Nalatale Ruins

I couldn’t resist taking these flowers – I wondered if the people who occupied these ruins all those years ago also appreciated them. Nalatale Ruins

This view again – I’m not going to say in which direction this is facing – I’m bound to be wrong! Sort of east, I’m guessing!Nalatale Ruins

Close up, you can see the extensive restoration work done on this wall and its good, only the patterns are a bit inconsistent. The colours have also not faded the same! Nalatale RuinsThere was a strange tree up there – Ill make a separate post for that one…



7 thoughts on “Nalatale Ruins

  1. Thanks Frankie for this – have never heard of these ruins and will now see if I can find some history on them – not sure in google will turn anything up.

    • They are worth going to. They are a little out of our way and have been on our “to do” list for ever! It took a FB friend who became a friend to push us to get there! The view is magnificent. I took plenty of photos, but can’t post them all unfortunately! We have other ruins…Ive posted photos on my other blog of Regina (Zinjanga) and will also post here soon.

  2. Love the pictures Frankie. Hope you don’t mind the comment I pasted here.

    Found this description on the internet and thought it was quite a nice way of writing.

    Naletale Ruins are close to nowhere and that is precisely the best thing about them. Located some twenty-six kilometres down a dirt road in the middle of nowhere, there is not even a village close by. Without your own vehicle, the only two options are hiking in or hitch-hiking; we opted for the later. We had to wait several hours for a ride there. There is a truck stop on the main road between Gweru and Bulawayo where you can ask around for any vehicles going along the back road past the ruins. We road in the back with some friendly farm workers who didn’t even want to accept petrol money.

    There were a couple of guards on site, but there are really no facilities. If you have a tent you can camp, which is what we did. The surrounding bush makes for wonderful walks, and you can see antelope, monkeys and squirrels quite easily.

    The monument itself is set atop a small kopje (a kind of rocky hill common in Southern Africa) and commands good views over the surrounding countryside. The local chief who presided here four hundred years ago must have been in his glory. The most substantial remain is a splendid four-hundred year old stone wall, which is elaborately decorated with every kind of motif known to the Zimbabwe stone-building tradition. Topped with plinths, this is a very attractive and photogenic structure. Inside the walls are some mud-brick remains of the original dwellings and some bizarre-looking plant life, including the euphorbia tree. I hope that one day this remote and rarely visited site becomes a Unesco World Heritage site, as it is clearly one of Southern Africa’s cultural treasures.

    • Thanks for that find, Stew. Nalatale Ruins are off the beaten track, but then so is Dhlo Dhlo and Regina in the Fort Rixon area – no tour buses in there! I understand that National Monuments have, this year, restored the walls that fell down (pictured in this post.) I’ll go back sometime to record it. Add it to this post. Once again, thanks for the visit

    • Thanks Stan – it’s a very interesting place, and set in a lovely surrounding. Luckily its all sand veld so easy on the car and easy on the eye! While you are about it, have a look around the Barberton area in SA – look closely for the stone circles there – thousands of them, some of them, I guess only visible from above – makes you wonder hey?

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