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.
Rocky tributary of the Mutinondo River.
Yep, just drug my bike up this – along with about 40 pounds of camping gear and food.
Me on Caterpillar Rock.
A few more degrees vertical, and scaling this rock would’ve involved ropes.
Yoga spot and swimming hole all in one.
Tiny nest of a Paradise Flycatcher.
Along the spine of Caterpillar Rock.
Images from four days camping in and exploring the Mutinondo Wilderness, along the Muchinga Escarpment.
My favorite swimmin’ hole.
Not recommended for bicycles: at the top of a ridiculous uphill path.
The view from the wilderness lodge “bar.”
Old-growth miombo woodlands! So THIS is what Zambia’s forests are supposed to look like …