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Pioneers is located in the suburbs of Victoria Falls and only three kilometres from the magnificent Falls.

Pioneers is a pretty hotel located in the suburbs of Victoria Falls town, just a short distance from the Falls themselves. The guest rooms are simple but very comfortable, while the landscaped gardens include two swimming pools. Pioneers is a great value property offering a base that’s close to the buzz and action of the town and falls, whilst providing a quietly picturesque setting for relaxing down time.


The 50 air-conditioned classically styled guest rooms are set within the beautifully manicured and peaceful gardens of the property. Each comfortable room is double or twin bedded with a mosquito net and ceiling fan, air conditioning, luggage space, dressing table, easy chair, room safe, hairdryer, tea/coffee facilities and en suite bathroom with a toilet, double vanity and shower. Four of the rooms are family units with an extra twin room and shared bathroom.

Central Areas

The central areas of the lodge include the lounge, indoor and outdoor dining areas, the terrace and two swimming pools. There is also a curio shop, an activities desk, and a small spa at the lodge. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.


Wi-Fi – Yes
Power for Charging – Yes
Swimming Pool – Yes

Habitat & Wildlife

Victoria Falls, known by the local Kololo tribe as ‘Mosi au Tunya’ (the smoke that thunders), is one of the “Seven Natural Wonders of the World” heritage sites and one of the largest and most spectacular waterfalls on earth.

Victoria Falls National Park is a small park that encompasses the falls themselves and the immediate surrounding countryside, including the town of Victoria Falls.

Spanning a width of some 1,700 metres, the waters of the mighty Zambezi actually plunge down five distinct waterfalls, separated by islands which account for just over 300 metres of the total span. Four of these falls are in Zimbabwe: The Devil’s Cataract, Main Falls, Rainbow Falls and Horseshoe Falls, and one, The Eastern Cataract, is in the bordering country of Zambia. The average height is just less than 100 metres.

During the peak flood season (April and May), the flow increases to some 625 million litres per minute. At this time, the spray makes viewing of the falls from the ground almost impossible and it is advisable to take an aerial view on what is commonly referred to as a ‘flight of angels’. By September, the waters of the Zambezi have dropped significantly to allow views of the individual falls. This remains until March when the river starts to rise again.

David Livingstone was the first European to ‘discover’ the falls when he visited them in November 1855. He later wrote, “no one can imagine the beauty of the view from anything witnessed in England. Scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.” He named them after his Queen, for the first and only time deviating from his practise of naming places and features after their local native names, in this instance “Mo ku sa tunya mosi” (nowadays shortened to mosi-au-tunya). The David Livingstone statue can be found near the spectacular Devil’s Cataract viewpoint.

The rainforest area is filled with many species of fig, mahogany and date palm groves, as well as an impressive list of birds and smaller mammals such as vervet monkeys, baboons and bushbuck.

From the centre of Victoria Falls town, the Falls are a leisurely 10 minute walk away.


Aside from a tour of the Falls themselves (either guided or self-guided), some of the many optional activities which can be undertaken during your visit to the Victoria Falls include:

‘Flights of Angels’ helicopter tours over the Falls. The shorter flights concentrate on the Falls themselves, while the longer flights include flying over the Batoka Gorge below Victoria Falls.

Trips to Livingstone Island on the Zambia side of the Falls – you can plan for breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea on the island and can also take your swimming costume and include a swim in Devil’s Pool – a natural rock pool on the edge of the falls!

White water rafting – experience some of the finest white water the world has to offer (dependant on water levels).

Bird watching, sunset cruises or dinner cruises by boat on the Zambezi River.

For those that like to be active, other excursions include a full day canoeing on the upper Zambezi, horse-riding and an array of adrenaline-fuelled activities such as a bungee jump, gorge swing and zip line.

Most excursions can easily be booked direct at the property, but some do require advance booking to secure availability.


Pioneers is open all year round, though it is the rainy season from November to March.

Pioneers accepts children of all ages and, with its good family accommodation options and lovely gardens with pool, is a great value base for families looking for a convenient base to explore all that Victoria Falls has to offer.

Pioneers is a partners of Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust, and a donation is given towards wildlife conservation in the region for every night of each guest’s stay.

The lodge also supports the Victoria Falls Anti Poaching Unit, a non-profit organisation dedicated to the conservation of the local wildlife and natural resources. The unit’s main mission is to eradicate poaching in the Victoria Falls region through a programme of education, management and boots on the ground.