Complete solitude. Without a village, a farm, or a person to be seen. I didn’t think this sort of thing existed in Zambia – until I visited Mutinondo Wilderness, along the always-beautiful, possibly-my-favorite-part-of-this-country Muchinga Escarpment.
For four days, by bicycle and on foot, I camped, explored rocky outcrops and streams, found the most beautiful sunrise and sunset spots, swam in the deepest swimming holes, and gorged myself on wild fruit. Best of all, I did it all by myself: my first solo trip since coming to Zambia.
Images from four days camping in and exploring the Mutinondo Wilderness, along the Muchinga Escarpment.
Not recommended for bicycles: at the top of a ridiculous uphill path.
A few more degrees vertical, and scaling this rock would’ve involved ropes.
Old-growth miombo woodlands! So THIS is what Zambia’s forests are supposed to look like …
Me on Caterpillar Rock.
Tiny nest of a Paradise Flycatcher.
Yep, just drug my bike up this – along with about 40 pounds of camping gear and food.
Along the spine of Caterpillar Rock.
Rocky tributary of the Mutinondo River.
The view from the wilderness lodge “bar.”
My favorite swimmin’ hole.
Yoga spot and swimming hole all in one.