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Pioneers Camp

Tented camp on the banks of the Zambezi River offering a wildlife experience yet within a short transfer of Victoria Falls town

NOTE: Pioneers Camp was closed and rebuilt into a new safari camp (information coming soon). You may contact us for alternative options, or browse other Victoria Falls accommodation pages.

Camp fire near the main lodge Canoeing the Zambezi River is included Inside a spacious guest room Chilling by the river banks The camp lounge area

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Pioneers Camp is a permanent rustic bush camp, hidden away in a secluded grove of Ebony trees, right on the banks of the Zambezi River within the Zambezi National Park. The camp is roughly 20km from Victoria Falls town, making it close enough for a day trip, but far enough into the Park to make it a secluded safari getaway.

A natural spring line, emerging further inland passes through the middle of Pioneers Camp as it meanders its way towards the Zambezi River. The quiet flow of this Mpala Jena spring creates a beautiful wilderness, with elephants often marching through camp to quench their thirst. Giraffe, waterbuck, impala, warthog, kudu and many more are almost daily residences in the near vicinity of the camp. Large herds of buffalo are also part of the scenery, and if you are really lucky one of the members of the resident lion pride may show itself. Large mammals are not the only residences in this area, birdlife is prolific here - with many 'specials' to be found along the banks above and below camp, it is a birders paradise.

Having six tented rooms, Pioneers camp offers simple luxury, with a rustic feel. Each room is positioned privately right on the edge of the river, with a stunning view of the river and a private veranda – it is a beautiful place to relax. The rooms are spacious and comfortable and have all the basic requirements, each with an en-suite bathroom and shower.

The main 'Chill Tent', (as they call it) is also right on the river banks under a unique dome tent. Relax on one of the comfy sofas with a magazine or book from the small library and take in the incredible view – it’s great!

A big selling point of the camp is that it’s completely run by Solar Power. Everything in the rooms and main area are powered by solar energy. Even the hot water is produced by the sun's rays. Being one of the only camps in Zimbabwe to have gone completely 'Green', its carbon footprint and impact on the environment is minimal.

With enthusiastic guides, Pioneers Camp have a great area in which to conduct their game drives and game walks. But in my opinion the biggest highlight by far are the boat cruises where guests can explore the myriad of beautiful channels above the camp – hippos, crocodiles and other game are abundant and can be safely viewed from the boat. Fishing is also popular and often quite rewarding with this stretch of river being home to the renowned tiger fish.

Canoeing is a big part of Pioneers and is a brilliant way to relax on the river. The fact that there is no motor or mechanical sounds, means animals and birds are far more relaxed with your presence.

Our Opinion

If you are planning on doing lots of the activities available in the town of Victoria Falls, I would advise adding a night at the beginning or end of your stay in one of the hotels in town and therefore recommend Pioneers as a one or two day add on to your Victoria Falls holiday. If you want to experience the Mighty Zambezi River at its best this is a great getaway.


• Permanent tented camp in the Zambezi National Park
• All rooms face the Zambezi River
• 20kms from Victoria Falls - with daily transfers into town
• Eco-friendly
• Various activities - game drives, walks, boat cruises, fishing, canoeing

Accommodation at Pioneers Camp

• 6 tented lodged (single or double rooms) facing the river

All rooms have:
• En-suite bathroom with solar heated showers and washbasins
• Solar lighting
• River-facing veranda with table and chairs
• Wooden chests and shelves for storage


• Located within the Zambezi National Park
• Daily transfers to Victoria Falls town
• Good game viewing, bird watching and fishing
• Private, spacious and in close proximity to the river and inhabitants
• Great for couples, families (with children older than 6 years), private groups and corporate groups


• 3 meals prepared with fresh ingredients, drinking water, snacks and local beverages are available. Dining is either in the dining tent or el fresco on the beach. Imported brands are not inclusive
• Picnic lunches, teas, drinks and snacks are provided during game drives and river activities

Facilities and Services

• Solar powered lighting and water heating
• Lounge, dining area, bar and library in main lodge
• Outside fire pit
• Laundry service
• Tea and coffee facilities
• Friendly, expert guides and staff
• Rates are either fully inclusive or full board (excluding activities)
Activities: Game drives, Walking Safari (surcharge); Bird watching; Star gazing; Fishing (surcharge; Canoeing; Morning and afternoon boat cruise

Fully Inclusive Rates Include

• Accommodation
• All meals, snacks, drinking water, tea, coffee, local drinks, beers, wines and spirits
• Laundry (for guests staying at least 2 nights)
• Pioneers Camp scheduled activities as detailed above
• Daily shuttle service between Pioneers Camp and Victoria Falls town
• Road and boat transfers to and from Victoria Falls town

Fully Inclusive Rates Exclude

• Imported/premium beverages
• National Park fees
• Walking and fishing activities which must be pre-booked
• Airport transfers (these can be arranged)


• Children 6 and above are allowed
• Children must be accompanied by a parent at all times

How to Get to Pioneers Camp

Transfers are arranged by Pioneers and guests will be collected from Victoria Falls town/hotels (these are included in the fully inclusive rate). Self-drive guests are welcome by prior arrangement - it’s a 20km drive through the Zambezi national park.

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