Mutinondo Wilderness is located in its own private reserve.
Mutinondo Wilderness: Our full report
Reached by a short flight from the Luangwa, Mutinondo Wilderness is a private 100km2 reserve that we're delighted to feature here. Near the edge of the Luangwa escarpment, this pristine area protects verdant woodlands and wetland areas sprinkled with granite whalebacks (large smooth hills), crystal-clear rivers and stunning waterfalls.
Mutinondo's flora is stunning, including many orchids, natural cycads and, during the emerald season, some of the world's largest mushrooms (85cm diameter is the record here so far). The wildlife here is good too, with a good variety of antelope, and recently lion and leopard have also been sighted. You can explore with a guide on foot, horseback and even by canoe.
Mutinondo Wilderness Lodge stands on a stunning hill. Its four rustic chalets were a labour of love, built almost entirely from local materials by local craftsmen. They're large and have private showers and toilets, but are not highly polished. Expect rough-hewn stone in this wild and lovely patch of Africa.
Mutinondo Wilderness is probably best visited in combination with the lodges in Kasanka National Park, Wasa Lodge and Luwombwa Lodge, with Shoebill Island Camp in the Bangweulu Wetlands, and with Shiwa Ng'andu. It's also possible a flying side-trip of a few days from any of the camps or lodges in the Luangwa Valley.
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Owner: Independent / Owner Run
Birdwatching: Great spot for gentle bird-watchers; like Shiwa it attracts species which are absent from lower-lying areas of ZambiaSee more ideas for Birdwatching in Zambia
Riding: There's a stable here with horses, and short rides around the hills are low-key and very enjoyable.See more ideas for Riding in Zambia
Wildlife safaris: Though not a classic big game destination, Mutinondo's flora and smaller fauna make it a good stop for the wildlife enthusiastSee more ideas for Wildlife safaris in Zambia
Walking: With lovely hilly landscape, and plenty of opportunities for walking with a guide, Mutinondo is a great place to walk and exploreSee more ideas for Walking in Zambia
Health & safety
Malarial area: Yes
Dangerous animals: Low Risk
Disabled access: Not Possible