Embark on a simple and enriching stay at Mutinondo Wilderness Lodge, a hidden gem set amid an expanse of remote wilderness. With just four chalets, simple communal spaces and many camping options, Mutinondo is an opportunity to connect with the African bush and leave modern life behind through miles of walking trails, wild swimming and panoramic views from the hills.


Plan your journey

Location

Mutinondo Wilderness is a privately owned reserve covering 100km2 of remote and unspoilt wilderness. Situated near the edge of Luangwa escarpment, this spectacular wilderness is run in a thoroughly eco-conscious manner protecting wetland and lush woodlands dotted with rivers, waterfalls and granite whalebacks. The wilderness area also boasts 70km of walks trails winding through some incredible biodiverse landscape, including 100 species of wild orchid, rare bird and wildlife and over 16,000 documented plants.

Rooms

The reserve offers four self-catered chalets all set on separate rocky outcrops for privacy and stunning views. Each chalet is built from locally sourced materials and named after the woods used to construct them including everything form the window frames to the toilet seats. The large, open-sided interiors maintain a rustic feel with private en suites.

Communal Areas

The lodge’s communal areas are incredibly simple with a bar and dining facilities available to guests. However, with the ability to roam and explore the expanse of Mutinondo Wilderness, it’s possible that most of your time will be spent revelling in the natural surroundings. 

Activities

With access to 10,000 hectares of wilderness, exploring is a never-ending adventure and guests can hike, bike and swim at their own leisure. Bird watching is highly rewarding at the reserve, hosting a number of bird species, which are difficult to find outside of Zambia. Guests can also go on the hunt for the largest edible mushroom in the world with local Bisa guides, or try yellow truffles and an array of other wild mushrooms growing in the area. 60km of tracks and trails are perfect for hiking and biking and the crystal-clear rivers are safe for swimming. Float among the water lillies, explore the waterfalls or canoe upstream to the sound of Bulbuls. The reserve also offers a five-day hiking trip into the Luangwa Valley.

Full Board

Accommodation
Breakfast, lunch and evening meal

When to go

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WET SEASON – ‘EMERALD SEASON’

Wettest time of the year, with rain falling most days of the month, although rarely prolonged in nature. Temperatures are a very pleasant, averaging 30°C/86°F midday, while the Busanga Plains flood. Nights average 20°C/68°F. During this period the park transforms into a lush green landscape and in stark contrast to the dry season.

Great bird watching with the arrival of migratory bird species into the area.

Northern Zambia like the rest of country has very distinct wet and dry seasons; rain is common, usually in the form of sharp thunderstorms from November through to early May, the rest of the year clear skies dominate. We would generally recommend visiting the park during the peak of the dry season; as the landscape dries up wildlife becomes more concentrated around the rivers and watercourse while at the same time thinner/ drier vegetation improves visibility. It is also important to say that heavy rains during the wet season can make this part of the country very inaccessible. Those who are dedicated to visiting during the wet season can however be rewarded with some great bird life.

WET SEASON – ‘EMERALD SEASON’

Wettest time of the year, with rain falling most days of the month, although rarely prolonged in nature. Temperatures are a very pleasant, averaging 30°C/86°F midday, while the Busanga Plains flood. Nights average 20°C/68°F. During this period the park transforms into a lush green landscape and in stark contrast to the dry season.

Great bird watching with the arrival of migratory bird species into the area.

Northern Zambia like the rest of country has very distinct wet and dry seasons; rain is common, usually in the form of sharp thunderstorms from November through to early May, the rest of the year clear skies dominate. We would generally recommend visiting the park during the peak of the dry season; as the landscape dries up wildlife becomes more concentrated around the rivers and watercourse while at the same time thinner/ drier vegetation improves visibility. It is also important to say that heavy rains during the wet season can make this part of the country very inaccessible. Those who are dedicated to visiting during the wet season can however be rewarded with some great bird life.

WET SEASON – ‘EMERALD SEASON’

Wettest time of the year, with rain falling most days of the month, although rarely prolonged in nature. Temperatures are a very pleasant, averaging 30°C/86°F midday, while the Busanga Plains flood. Nights average 20°C/68°F. During this period the park transforms into a lush green landscape and in stark contrast to the dry season.

Great bird watching with the arrival of migratory bird species into the area.

Northern Zambia like the rest of country has very distinct wet and dry seasons; rain is common, usually in the form of sharp thunderstorms from November through to early May, the rest of the year clear skies dominate. We would generally recommend visiting the park during the peak of the dry season; as the landscape dries up wildlife becomes more concentrated around the rivers and watercourse while at the same time thinner/ drier vegetation improves visibility. It is also important to say that heavy rains during the wet season can make this part of the country very inaccessible. Those who are dedicated to visiting during the wet season can however be rewarded with some great bird life.

WET SEASON – ‘EMERALD SEASON’

Wettest time of the year, with rain falling most days of the month, although rarely prolonged in nature. Temperatures are a very pleasant, averaging 30°C/86°F midday, while the Busanga Plains flood. Nights average 20°C/68°F. During this period the park transforms into a lush green landscape and in stark contrast to the dry season.

Great bird watching with the arrival of migratory bird species into the area.

Northern Zambia like the rest of country has very distinct wet and dry seasons; rain is common, usually in the form of sharp thunderstorms from November through to early May, the rest of the year clear skies dominate. We would generally recommend visiting the park during the peak of the dry season; as the landscape dries up wildlife becomes more concentrated around the rivers and watercourse while at the same time thinner/ drier vegetation improves visibility. It is also important to say that heavy rains during the wet season can make this part of the country very inaccessible. Those who are dedicated to visiting during the wet season can however be rewarded with some great bird life.

DRY SEASON

May is the beginning of the dry season, although the landscape will still be many shades of green following the rains. Midday temperatures are average around 28°C/82°F, the mornings can, however, be surprising cool at around 10°C/49°F, so be sure to pack a warm fleece.

Great bird watching with the arrival of migratory bird species into the area. May is also the best month to find the shoebill stork in the Bangweulu Wetlands.

Northern Zambia like the rest of country has very distinct wet and dry seasons; rain is common, usually in the form of sharp thunderstorms from November through to early May, the rest of the year clear skies dominate. We would generally recommend visiting the park during the peak of the dry season; as the landscape dries up wildlife becomes more concentrated around the rivers and watercourse while at the same time thinner/ drier vegetation improves visibility. It is also important to say that heavy rains during the wet season can make this part of the country very inaccessible. Those who are dedicated to visiting during the wet season can however be rewarded with some great bird life.

DRY SEASON

The landscape continues to dry up, with game wildlife sightings becoming more common. The Busanga Plains remain largely flooded. Midday temperatures average around 25°C/77°F, the mornings can, however, be surprisingly cold at around 6°C/43°F, so be sure to pack a warm fleece.

Great time to see large numbers of lechwe and other grazers - is the best time to see big herds of lechwe and other grazers the Bangweulu Wetlands.

Northern Zambia like the rest of country has very distinct wet and dry seasons; rain is common, usually in the form of sharp thunderstorms from November through to early May, the rest of the year clear skies dominate. We would generally recommend visiting the park during the peak of the dry season; as the landscape dries up wildlife becomes more concentrated around the rivers and watercourse while at the same time thinner/ drier vegetation improves visibility. It is also important to say that heavy rains during the wet season can make this part of the country very inaccessible. Those who are dedicated to visiting during the wet season can however be rewarded with some great bird life.

DRY SEASON

The landscape continues to dry up, with game wildlife sightings becoming more common. The Busanga Plains remain largely flooded. Midday temperatures average around 25°C/77°F, the mornings can, however, be surprisingly cold at around 6°C/43°F, so be sure to pack a warm fleece.

Great time to see large numbers of lechwe and other grazers - is the best time to see big herds of lechwe and other grazers the Bangweulu Wetlands.

Northern Zambia like the rest of country has very distinct wet and dry seasons; rain is common, usually in the form of sharp thunderstorms from November through to early May, the rest of the year clear skies dominate. We would generally recommend visiting the park during the peak of the dry season; as the landscape dries up wildlife becomes more concentrated around the rivers and watercourse while at the same time thinner/ drier vegetation improves visibility. It is also important to say that heavy rains during the wet season can make this part of the country very inaccessible. Those who are dedicated to visiting during the wet season can however be rewarded with some great bird life.

DRY SEASON

Clear skies still dominate, the landscape has now become quite parched; ultimately making this the perfect time for game viewing. The Busanga Plains have now largely dried up revealing short grass plains which draw in dense wildlife concentrations from the surrounding regions. Midday and night temperatures are a little warmer during these months, averaging 31°C/88°F and 13°C/55°F respectfully.

Northern Zambia like the rest of country has very distinct wet and dry seasons; rain is common, usually in the form of sharp thunderstorms from November through to early May, the rest of the year clear skies dominate. We would generally recommend visiting the park during the peak of the dry season; as the landscape dries up wildlife becomes more concentrated around the rivers and watercourse while at the same time thinner/ drier vegetation improves visibility. It is also important to say that heavy rains during the wet season can make this part of the country very inaccessible. Those who are dedicated to visiting during the wet season can however be rewarded with some great bird life.

DRY SEASON

Clear skies still dominate, the landscape has now become quite parched; ultimately making this the perfect time for game viewing. The Busanga Plains have now largely dried up revealing short grass plains which draw in dense wildlife concentrations from the surrounding regions. Midday and night temperatures are a little warmer during these months, averaging 31°C/88°F and 13°C/55°F respectfully.

Northern Zambia like the rest of country has very distinct wet and dry seasons; rain is common, usually in the form of sharp thunderstorms from November through to early May, the rest of the year clear skies dominate. We would generally recommend visiting the park during the peak of the dry season; as the landscape dries up wildlife becomes more concentrated around the rivers and watercourse while at the same time thinner/ drier vegetation improves visibility. It is also important to say that heavy rains during the wet season can make this part of the country very inaccessible. Those who are dedicated to visiting during the wet season can however be rewarded with some great bird life.

DRY SEASON

Game viewing can be spectacular during October; however, temperatures continue to rise before the start of the rains, with midday temperatures over 35°C/95°F not uncommon. The Busanga Plains have now dried up revealing short grass plains which draw in dense wildlife concentrations from the surrounding regions. We suggest early morning starts during this time to make the most of the cool temperatures!

This period marks the migration of 10 million fruit bats from Central Africa to Kasanka National Park.

Northern Zambia like the rest of country has very distinct wet and dry seasons; rain is common, usually in the form of sharp thunderstorms from November through to early May, the rest of the year clear skies dominate. We would generally recommend visiting the park during the peak of the dry season; as the landscape dries up wildlife becomes more concentrated around the rivers and watercourse while at the same time thinner/ drier vegetation improves visibility. It is also important to say that heavy rains during the wet season can make this part of the country very inaccessible. Those who are dedicated to visiting during the wet season can however be rewarded with some great bird life.

WET SEASON

The first rains arrive, usually in the form of sharp afternoon showers. The temperatures still, however, remain hot, while the humidity adds an extra level of discomfort. Game viewing can still be great, but just be prepared for a little heat.

Great bird watching with the arrival of migratory bird species into the area. This period also marks the migration of 10 million fruit bats from Central Africa to Kasanka National Park.

Northern Zambia like the rest of country has very distinct wet and dry seasons; rain is common, usually in the form of sharp thunderstorms from November through to early May, the rest of the year clear skies dominate. We would generally recommend visiting the park during the peak of the dry season; as the landscape dries up wildlife becomes more concentrated around the rivers and watercourse while at the same time thinner/ drier vegetation improves visibility. It is also important to say that heavy rains during the wet season can make this part of the country very inaccessible. Those who are dedicated to visiting during the wet season can however be rewarded with some great bird life.

WET SEASON

Wettest time of the year, with rain falling most days of the month, although rarely prolonged in nature. Temperatures are a very pleasant, averaging 30°C/86°F midday, while the nights average 20°C/68°F. During this period the park transforms into a lush green landscape, a stark contrast to the dry season.

Great bird watching with the arrival of migratory bird species into the area. This period also marks the migration of 10 million fruit bats from Central Africa to Kasanka National Park.

Northern Zambia like the rest of country has very distinct wet and dry seasons; rain is common, usually in the form of sharp thunderstorms from November through to early May, the rest of the year clear skies dominate. We would generally recommend visiting the park during the peak of the dry season; as the landscape dries up wildlife becomes more concentrated around the rivers and watercourse while at the same time thinner/ drier vegetation improves visibility. It is also important to say that heavy rains during the wet season can make this part of the country very inaccessible. Those who are dedicated to visiting during the wet season can however be rewarded with some great bird life.

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Mutinondo Wilderness

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Embark on a simple and enriching stay at Mutinondo Wilderness Lodge, a hidden gem set amid an expanse of remote wilderness. With just four chalets, simple communal spaces ..

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