Slicing through southern central Africa, and home to a large quantity of wildlife, the Miombo woodlands of Zambezi make up one of the largest ecozones on the continent. The woodlands sprawl across Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Tanzania, Burundi and Angola, taking in flat plains, rolling hills and the occasional rocky outcrop.
Nestled in the Miombo woodland, Pioneer Lodge and Camp stretches out over 25 acres, offering a range of accommodation to suit every budget. Simple thatched pioneer tents give a ‘back to basics’ safari feel, allowing guests to get closer to nature, while chalets with private verandahs offer a little extra luxury. A family cottage with two bedrooms comes with a separate living area and kitchen.
The main lodge area, with its open thatched bar and outside dining area, is perfect for guests looking to unwind. Traditional braai (barbecue) menu dinners are served by candlelight at the lodge’s outdoor restaurant. Elsewhere, a library filled with travel and wildlife books is the ideal spot for quiet relaxation, while the shaded campsite and outdoor swimming pool give guests a place to cool down after a day spent exploring the local area. There’s also an on-site curio shop selling a selection of pieces made by local craftsmen to support the community.
The lodge prides itself on its friendly staff and calm atmosphere that allow the surrounding wilderness to take centre stage. Nature trails and bird-watching routes are scattered around the woodlands surrounding the camp. Named Best Mobile Safari in Zambia at The Safari Awards 2016, Pioneer comes highly recommended and can arrange tailor-made Zambian experiences for guests.
Situated in central Zambia — just a 30-minute drive from Kenneth Kaunda International Airport — Pioneer Lodge and Camp is the gateway to the country for safari-goers, and is an ideal stopover before or after a trip further afield. Guests can also dip their toes into neighbouring countries with combination experiences and cross-border trips on offer.
Walk through the surrounding Miombo woodlands on a nature trail, spotting majestic animals roaming freely
Need to know
· Tents, chalets and cottage
· Shaded campsite
· Swimming pool
· Open thatched bar
· Al fresco dining
· Mobile safaris