Pioneer Expeditions are specialist in off the beaten track adventures and can create, organise and lead expeditions designed specifically for you.
Whether you are an individual with a dream expedition, a group of friends wanting to get away on an adventure of your own, a couple looking for a honeymoon with a difference, or a family looking for a dream holiday, we would be delighted to design and organise your own bespoke holiday.
Many of the trips advertised on our site can be run at no or minimal extra cost for 2 people or we can provide original, exciting and challenging adventures to suit you.
We have a worldwide team of experts who can advise on activities from trekking to sailing, polar expeditions to horseriding. We will plan all aspects of your project inc: logistics, expert personnel, equipment, environmental considerations, transport, accommodation and safety. We will deliver an original high quality itinerary to suit your objectives and budget.
Why choose us
We are small independent adventure travel specialist who works closely with our local partners. We use our skills and experience to provide you with unique itinerary suggestions and then tailor your trip to suit your interests and budget.
For more information on our tailormade expeditions and adventures, please contact us by email or call us on 01202 798922.
For this fantastic activity packed Costa Rican ultimate adventure we explore the central and north-eastern part of Costa Rica, taking in the canals and rainforest in the Tortugero Sarapiqui – an adventurers dream, explore the cloud and paramo forest then you have the opportunity to relax at the 2 pools of hot springs in Chirripo Cloud Forest, snorkeling in the turquoise water and explore the capital city of Costa Rica.
On this trip we explore this natural paradise, kayaking the forested coastline and to deserted tropical islands, into pristine mangroves and shady rivers overhung by primary rainforest; snorkeling the coral reefs; swimming in warm tropical sea and crystal clear streams; beachcombing and exploring the rainforest for the unique wildlife.
This is an unforgettable trek through this mysterious land. Long series of adventures from the dry western side of the island to the moist eastern tropical rain forests while summiting Madagascar’s second highest mountain in the country at… Read More
Explore colonial cities, soaking up the history and atmosphere; peek into the rim of active volcanoes & walk through the rain forest; and swim through Somoto Canyon. This trip provides for an unforgettable holiday in one of Central America´s most diverse, friendly and beautiful countries.
This expedition takes travellers through the most contrasting destinations in Colombia: Bogota’s cosmopolitan restaurants and neighbourhoods, the Coffee Region’s verdant hills and lush nature, Cartagena’s streets lined with colourful colonial mansions, and the Rosario Islands’ turquoise waters.
A trip of a lifetime that will be etched in your memories in years to come. We’ll use snowmobiles to access the interior of the island, take you across frozen fjords, through steep sided gorges, glaciers and vast mountain ranges. A great way to experience Svalbard!
A fantastic action packed adventure, exploring the rainforests on foot, by horseback, cablecar, boat and raft. We check out volcano’s, sea kayak on the pacific coast and get the chance to see the amazing rainforest fauna and flora…. Read More
It’s known as the Land of the Lemurs! Explore the wonders of Southern Madagascar on this nature guided trip of a lifetime, whilst taking in the most diverse environments at a comfortable pace. We will visit some of the best national parks, sites and arboretums & of course some off the beaten track places along the way. You’ll be accompanied by a naturalist guide to ensure you have the best chance of witnessing as well as learning about all of the wonderfully unique flora and fauna of Madagascar. The south west is filled with adventure, iconic Madagascan animals, fabulous wildlife watching opportunities, outstanding landscapes, an abundance of culture and gorgeous hidden beaches lining the Indian Ocean; all waiting to be explored, encountered and cherished.
This Borneo holiday focusses on the wildlife, rainforests and beaches of the Sabah region of Borneo, one of the best areas for seeing the great variety of Borneo’s fauna and flora. The jungles are literally millions of years old and teeming with wildlife, from the smallest insects and amphibians to orangutans, gibbons, monkeys, pygmy elephants and exotic birds.
For this fantastic activity packed Costa Rican adventure we explore the central and north-eastern part of Costa Rica, taking in the canals and rainforest in the Tortugero Sarapiqui – an adventurers dream. We will also see the stunning… Read More
Discover the unique beauty of South India! Explore Mudumalai and Bandipur, go boating in Periyar, look out for the rare Nilgiri Tahr in Eravikulam, see the Elephants of Nagarahole and marvel at the birds of Kumarakom. Round off your adventure with a Houseboat cruise down the scenic backwaters of Kerala!
Explore the idyllic seaside town of Weligama, home to the highest concentration of Dolphins and Whales. This superb 9-day tour also showcases the rich wildlife of Yala, Sri Lanka’s second largest wildlife destination, which is famous for its magnificent Elephants and Leopards.
A great ‘bush camping’ adventure exploring the stunning Selous and Ruaha game reserves. Your opportunity to view a myriad of African animals on your own personal safari. This trip is tailored to suit you. We had a wonderful… Read More
This is a true wildlife odyssey – A fantastic opportunity to see some wonderful national parks and experience gorillas, chimpanzees, primates and numerous safari animals like no other. You’ll be taken through a variety of habitats, trail through… Read More
Discover the southern Islands of the Galapagos Archipelago on an active adventure! The Galapagos multi-activity adventure is a land based tour that combines daily active excursions with first class hotels. As you kayak, mountain bike, trek or snorkel you will experience incredible close encounters with sea lions, iguanas, giant tortoises, boobies, rays, a myriad of tropical fish and even sharks. This is a socially and environmentally responsible tour that provides many benefits to local island communities.
An action packed expedition through the wild North West. Starting from the red highlands, we move on through the wide open spaces and the green valley of Sambirano to the white sands of Diego Suarez. Rafting, canoeing, hiking the Tsingy, sleeping in tree huts, exploring Ankarana, you’ll get plenty of excitement in this 2 week adventure.
Madagascar is a one-off; there is no other place like it. Its landscapes, animals and plants are simply incredible! Near the equator with an astonishing array of habitats, ranging from rainforests to deserts and from mountain tops to… Read More
If you are looking at holidays to Borneo, then this unique Borneo trip combines the best of Tanjung Puting National Park’s orangutan research stations and rehabilitation centers but with treks and camping deep in the Borneo rainforest. So on this trip to Borneo you will see at first hand the work of dedicated conservationists working to preserve the habitat of the orangutans because although the park is protected by the national government the orangutans’ environment is threatened by the powerful commercial interests of the oil palm industry and illegal loggers.
This family adventure trip is one of the most spectacular family holidays to see orangutans in Borneo with a perfect mix of wildlife and jungle. We focus this visit on the most popular national park in Indonesia, the Tanjung Puting National Park. This national park is one of the best places for a family holiday to Borneo to see orangutans as it is home to the densest population of wild orangutans anywhere in the world.
A 7 day wildlife odyssey in the heart of the Sumatran rainforest. We spend a few days at an elephant sanctuary in Tangkahan before heading to Bukwit Lawang and the orang-utan sanctury and a spot of jungle camping. A great short trip which can be tailored to suit, or simply added on as an extension to another Indonesian adventure.
A stunning trip that allows you to experience the best the Galapagos has to offer. As you kayak, mountain bike, trek & snorkel, you will experience incredible close encounters with sea lions, iguanas, giant tortoises, boobies, and a myriad of tropical fish.
This is a unique journey where you explore the magnificent region of Java. See the massive Borobudur Temple, one of the greatest of all ancient architectural monuments.At the end of the journey you can have an optional beach extension in the exotic Bali.
Towering over the beautiful island of Lombok, Mount Rinjani is Indonesia’s second highest volcanic peak. This expedition offers a unique opportunity to summit the Rinjani Volcano. We consider this expedition to be the best short adventure on the planet…. Read More
On this 9 day sea kayaking expedition will explore this area, paddling from one small island to the next and discover some lovely, pristine coral reefs. With the opportunity to stay in eco lodges and beach tents, we will visit people that have rarely seen outsiders, snorkel beautiful reefs and sample delicious sea food – a real voyage of discovery.
This is the longer trip of our two Sulawesi Birding itineraries. This is a birdwatching and trekking adventure discovering the marvellous national parks dotted across the island. Full of opportunities to see a number of fascinating birds.
Bird watching and trekking adventure discovering the marvelous national parks dotted accross the island and animals. Full of opportunities to see a number of fascinating birds. Discover the spectacular landscapes of Sulawesi along with the array of wildlife you will find on your adventure.
Flores and the Komodo Dragon Islands make a special destination for a holiday to Indonesia, with breath-taking scenery, unique traditional cultures not to mention the incredible Komodo Dragons. This amazing trip to Indonesia will also involve a live-aboard vessel to tour the komodo islands and provide opportunities for swimming, snorkelling and relaxing.
The Cross Borneo West to East adventure is a real once in a lifetime adventure. Those who have undertaken this trip in the past have described it as the most challenging and the most enjoyable trekking trip they had ever done. The ultimate challenge – crossing one of the most rugged islands on earth from West to East using roads, rivers and feet, we traverse the jungle of Kalimantan in Indonesian Borneo.
On this trip we will explore an interesting combination of rivers, forests, mountains & seaside through very different landscapes, cultures, climates and biotopes. The honeymoon will start by discovering the Masoala Forest before enjoying the heavenly island of Nosy Mitsio and its breathtaking seaside.
On this trip we will explore an interesting combination of Madagascar’s astounding rivers, forests & mountains through very different landscapes, cultures, climates and biotopes. Our Nature Guided South East adventure will allow you to enjoy the natural highlights… Read More
Unearth Madagascar’s magnificently wild Northern region. Starting from Madagascar’s last major highland forest, we’ll move through barren Tampoketsa to join the North West coast (your gateway to the renowned Nosy Be) before ending up in Diego. Go truly off the beaten track on this adventure; passing through the remotest of villages and national parks, seeing striking diverse landscapes/scenery and spotting incredibly unique Madagascan wildlife.
This is a unique expedition and explores the little visited region in the North East of Madagascar. We will trek approximately 50km in 3 days through remote rainforest, camping overnight in clearings, before reaching the little rafted Sahatandra river, spending the next few days riding the rapids.
This is one of the best family adventures to be had, where we will discover some of the best that South West Madagascar has to offer, from exploring stunning National Parks where we will get the opportunity to… Read More
On this trip, we will explore the Rugged Northern area of Madagascar – on foot and by 4WD to get into the true soul of this unique and diverse country. We will camp, stay in huts on the beach, eco hotels and will even spend a couple of nights in a tree bungalow!
The mountain areas in the Southern provinces of China have been largely inaccessible to outside adventure travelers until relatively recently. On this trip we have the opportunity to see and experience some treasures of this fascinating region – from hiking in the scenic beauty of mountain areas as high as the Alps, to local minority groups which still retain their traditional clothes, cuisine and culture – and their warm hospitality.
Cycle from the Malagasy highlands to the coast in an unforgettable experience to discover the fourth biggest island in the world. From Antsirabe to Ifaty beach we cover about 500 km cycling. The trip gives all bikers and… Read More
A unique family odyssey, hopping from island to island, combining historic tours, eco-camping, beautiful beaches and remote islands. As well as bike zip-lining in the famous chocolate hills and relaxing on idyllic island beaches you will also explore hidden lagoons and exotic reefs to marvel at coral and their dazzling marine life.
This is a fantastic family adventure. Exploring the best that South Madagascar has to offer, from stunning national reserves where we’ll see lemurs, chameleons and plenty of birdlife. We’ll visit small towns and communities – a chance to experience real Malagasy life before ending up at Ifaty on the Indian Ocean with its clear waters, white sands and safe beaches.
On this trip we will explore an interesting combination of rivers, forests, mountains & seaside through very different landscapes, cultures, climates and biotopes, before relaxing and enjoying the seaside. The itinerary provides a great chance to enjoy the natural highlights of the red island on foot, on horseback, by canoe, train and by car.
Looking for an adventure holiday in Mongolia with a difference? Live the life of a Mongol Warrior under Genghis Khan, as you head out onto the Mongolian steppe and learn what made this the greatest military empire the world had ever seen. Riding techniques, shooting with a bow and arrow, battle tactics and much more are all covered as you stay in a felt ger and don full costume, this is one of Mongolia’s most unusual adventures. We can also design bespoke Mongolia holidays.
On this 8 day itinerary, we will spend the time discovering the little known and little visited wilderness of the Quirimbas National Park. Sea kayaking through the warm, blue waters of the Mozambique Channel and camping on tropical… Read More
This is possibly one of the most beautiful and unspoiled trekking areas in the entire Himalaya region. We trek through beautiful villages and farmland, gorges and valleys, high pasture land and passes. On this Pioneer expedition we trek… Read More
Experience a side of Guatemala most travellers will never see trekking Central America’s largest non volcanic mountain range. The trek will take you through the true heart of the modern Mayan civilization, where local life is almost entirely still based on subsistence farming and trade, and Mayan dialects are still spoken. The hike itself will take us through deep valleys and up long ridges, and ultimately across a gorgeous plateau with incredible views of south of Guatemala and the epic ring of fire volcanic chain.
Guatemala’s landscape is dominated by the 33 volcanoes that make up the Pacific Coast ring of fire. We will focus on four of the most scenic volcanoes: active new-comer Pacaya volcano, Guatemala’s 3rd largest and Antigua valley resident Acatenango volcano, Central America’s highest point Tajumulco volcano, and Zunil volcano with her beautiful ridgeline approach and stunning campsite views. We will take in a huge cross section of the Guatemalan highlands, and see many towns, villages and Mayan culture along the way. Each volcano is distinctly different in their terrain, difficulty, view and environment, which makes for a truly unforgettable experience.
We explore this natural paradise over 8 days: kayaking the forested coastline and to deserted tropical islands, into pristine mangroves and shady rivers overhung by primary rainforest; snorkeling the coral reefs; swimming in warm tropical sea and crystal clear streams; beachcombing and exploring the rainforest for the unique wildlife.
Kayak into the pristine heart of the Amazon. This amazing expedition will give you a deeper understanding of the forest as you learn how the Huaorani Indians use it to forge a living. Learn to shoot a blowgun,… Read More
Welcome to Meghalaya- ‘the abode of the clouds’ and a treasure trove of natural wonders! This scenic state has deep jungles with beautiful waterfalls, flora and fauna. This exhilarating 15-day tour also introduces you to various tribes and villages here, giving you a glimpse of the unique culture and heritage of the land. In addition, experience trekking, caving and lots, lots more!
During our time in this intense country, we will raft the exciting white waters of the Rio Cahabon & Rio Dulce and swim in the enchanting pools of SEMUC CHAMPEY. We then transfer to the rainforest to explore the Mayan archaology by boat and by foot. A brilliant adventure not to be missed – For the real adventurer!
A perfect family adventure in Thailand combining city exploration, trekking in the forest, visiting the River Kwai, a couple of days living with a community with the opportunity to volunteer, followed by a relaxing beach at Koh Samui. A great off the beaten track experience in this stunning country.
This expedition explores the wild, remote region of the Andes mountain range around Cotahuasi in southern Peru. Below Cotahuasi the river flows though the deepest canyon in the world. Although the canyon has been run by a handful of extreme rafting / kayaking expeditions, this is a little trekked area with few organised expeditions.
Be one of the few people to visit the North Pole. We fly from Longyearbyen to Ice Station Barneo (a temporary camp set up annually in April). From there we can take a helicopter to the North Pole. This can be done as a 1,2 or 4 day trip and can be combined with ski-ing to, diving under or skydiving on the North Pole.
Trekking in the jungles of Thailand avoiding the main tourism and exploring villages, temples, rivers and more. Remote, wild, and some of the last true jungles in Thailand will be the home of this trekking expedition. A true adventure in Thailand avoiding all the main tourist areas and one of the last effective wildernesses to be discovered.
Socotra an Island of incense, cinnabar and ancient Arabian seafaring legends, is extraordinary, with large numbers of bizarre trees and rare animals, where local nomadic tribes still live traditionally, all set against some of the most magnificent mountain scenery to be found on earth. This is a fully supported remote beach holiday with trekking, snorkelling and cultural adventures.
Socotra, an island of incense, cinnabar and ancient Arabian seafaring legends, is extraordinary, with lots of bizarre trees and rare animals, where local nomadic tribes still live traditionally, amongst magnificent mountain scenery. This is a fully supported remote beach holiday with trekking, snorkelling and cultural adventures.
Unique expedition combing the best that Southern Tanzania has to offer. Exploring both Ruaha and Mikumi National Parks on foot and by car, you will also be able to enjoy the nature of the isolated mountain ranges of Udzungua – This national park is notably a world famous biodiversity hotspot!
One in a lifetime adventure – Summit Africa’s highest “free standing ” mountain – Mt. Kilimanjaro! We use the Umbwe route to ascend the mountain. Huge permanent glaciers flow down from the summit, and spectacular views are promised.
During our action packed time in Palawan, we will trek to waterfalls and through tropical rainforest, canoe the longest underground river in the world, visit magical islands, hidden beaches, relax at a luxurious eco resort and explore tropical islands. There is also time for snorkelling and diving wrecks.
This epic river journey combines first class wilderness with rich history and more than a little adventure. We will paddle from the majestic Lake Nicaragua down the jungle lined San Juan River to deserted beaches on the Caribbean… Read More
A fantastic action packed adventure that allows you to see the very best of Nicaragua. Volcanoes, a jungle river, rolling hills, colonial cities, these ingredients provide for an unforgettable experience in one of Central America´s most diverse and beautiful… Read More
Covering 100km in five days of paddling, the route has it all: secluded bays, deserted islands, mile-long beaches and open-water crossings. Days will be spent paddling, swimming, snorkeling and generally working up an appetite. Overnight stops are at a variety of lodges and campsites along the way.
The Lake Malawi Island Hopping Adventure is a world-class sea kayaking trail that covers 25km in three days of paddling. This trip is a fantastic chance to explore Malawi and is perfect for family holidays. Adventurers spend two nights in each of the Kayak Africa camps on Domwe Island and Mumbo Island. The trail is fully-supported and fully-catered, leaving guests free to focus on exploring and relaxing at will.
This expedition aims to achieve a descent of the Matsiatra river. This is a remote area of Madagascar which is still being explored and discovered. The Matsiatra river is fairly inaccessible and rarely rafted, but it makes for a stunning whitewater adventure.
An eco-tourism trip where we continue to offer you a great trip off the beaten path, whilst giving you the opportunity to compensate for your trip by actively participation in local reforestation /eco conservation projects. You have the option of the full eco-adventure or just adding on a couple of days to your itinerary to help out.
A unique, exciting adventure combining canoeing, forest and mountain trails, waterfalls, freshwater pools, camping and eco-lodges. As well as canoeing on the Mananjary river, and a train trip to Sahambavy, we get the chance to go rock scrambling in Andringitra. We will see some of the unique flora and fauna on this thrilling trip for the whole family.
This is a fantastic trip for trekking enthusiasts looking to experience Madagascar’s rich culture hidden amongst the mountains and spectacular natural landscapes. We’ll be travelling through steep terrain, climbing majestic mountains, conquering dense forest and rockland as well as trekking past stunning waterfalls. Another element to this action-packed adventure will be a peaceful couple of days canoeing down the Mananjary River with the occasional rapid along the way, a great way to relax before the thrill of the trek. We have an intense and diversified itinerary planned for you – making it a real trip to remember!
From the towering cliffs of Andringitra and Tsaranoro to the deepest canyons of Isalo, this is a fantastic combination of the best mountainous areas of Madagascar. On foot and by canoe you’ll have a chance to encounter the… Read More
This expedition aims to achieve a rafting descent of the Benahy and the Onilahy rivers offering a fantastic opportunity to explore a remote area of Madagascar. We will follow the isolated Benahy river and wind down the Isalo… Read More
Beautiful discovery of Guatemala and Belize. You get the opportunity to see Antigua, Semuc Champey, walk amongst cloud forest, viewing a vast array of wildlife including various species of birds along your way.
This expedition will take you through this amazing country, from the fertile lowlands and rural communities to the summit of Ras Dejen. We will visit the island Churches of Lake Tana and through remote villages of the Simien region. We will also visit the awesome excavated Churches of Lalibela. Ethiopia is still one of the world’s best kept secrets. Join us on this unbelievable and unforgettable expedition.
The Nahanni river is a UNESCO world heritage river and considered the Colorado of the North. Only accessible by float plane this is one of the most pristine and visually breathtaking rivers of North America. In our Canadian Canoes we spend nearly 20 days along its 650km path – camping by the riverside this expedition provides a wild, breathtaking and once in a lifetime experience.
The Stikine flows 640 km through a vast and untouched wilderness of breathtaking proportions. Divided in two by the mighty Grand Canyon we canoe down the lower Stikine from Telegraph Creek to Wrangle Bay. With only grade 1 & 2 rapids it is a very relaxing & remote expedition which allows you to enjoy the scenery surrounding the river.
Price: £2700 (excluding international flights)
Tailormade Departures: June – September
The world famous West Coast Trail on Vancouver Island protects some of the most beautiful coastline and ecologically important temperate rainforest in Western Canada. Covering 75 km and taking in waterfalls, fiords, beaches and rainforest, this is a stremous trek – one of the classic hikes of North America – Scenic and beautiful!
A feeling of complete isolation and vast wilderness awaits you on this once in a lifetime trekking experience. We start this 11 day trek at the spectacular Snake Indian Water Falls and culminate with the breathtaking views of Mount Robson (the highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies).
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A multi activity program which immerses you into the spectacular surroundings of the Canadian Rockies. You will be introduced to canoeing, hiking, whitewater rafting, rock climbing and will conclude your trip on a 4-day canoe expedition on the magestic North Saskatchewan river.
Price: £2300 (excluding international flights)
Tailormade Departures: on request May – September
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A stunning alpine trekking adventure If you love exploring the beautiful and hidden parts of Europe then this is a trip you won’t want to miss! Our 8 day Bulgarian alpine trekking adventure explores the wonderful national parks, giant mountain peaks and glacial lakes.
This adventurous expedition takes us off the beaten track as we explore Borneo’s remote jungle. We start by rafting down the Kiulu River and cycling back before setting off to the jungle. We will trek through the rainforest,… Read More
If you are considering Borneo holidays, then this Borneo Holiday Explorer covers the very best that travel to Borneo has to offer. From touring Kuching and the Bako National Park to visiting the incredible Danum valley, you will experience Borneo’s rainforest, fantastic wildlife as well as the famous Iban people, to which a tour to Sarawak would not be complete without.
For this amazing Costa Rican adventure – we explore the Osa Penisula in the Cocorvado National park, one of the most remote and least visited tourist destinations on the continent. Described as ‘the most biologically intense place on Earth’ by National Geographic Magazine, we will paddle our rafts down and trek through this rainforest.
Burma/Myanmar is an incredible country with an astounding culture. This is a perfect family adventure holiday which includes some of the very best experiences that Burma/Mynamar has to offer. This Burma holiday includes a range of cultural and adventurous activities, such as a visit to Yangon, Pyin U Lwin – Mt Popa – the temples of Bagan as well as a relaxing days on the beaches of Ngapali. Included in this itinerary are off the beaten track treks and bike rides to experience the real un-spoilt Myanamar.
Myanmar Trekking – A fantastic trip where we experience the best that Myanmar has to offer – including visiting some of Myanmar’s most interesting temples and ancient ruins, trekking off the beaten track, as well as spend time at… Read More
Malaysia is a beautiful multicultural melting pot. Geographically, Malaysia is as diverse as its culture. On this perfect family adventure, you will experience a city tour, markets, temples, the amazing Mount Santubong, an Orang utan conservation centre, amazing rainforests,… Read More
Costa Rica is a fantastic destination for a honeymoon. It is safe, friendly and easy to travel around. We will see tropical rainforests; see some magical sights and breathtaking flowers and wildlife, even check out the stunning Arenal… Read More
A perfect trip combining two of southeastern Madagascar’s most stunning areas. Madagascar’s South Eastern forest , which is home to unique wildlife comprising a varied ecosystem made of coastal rainforest and flooded forests, as well as lemurs, birds and reptiles. The secluded Mandrare River Camp provides you with uninterrupted views of the spiny forest. The chic Manafiafy beach offers a stylish relaxed experience and is one of the top dive (& snorkel) destinations in Madagascar. Therefore, this trip is a perfect mix of beach and jungle and a unique experience.