Pioneer Expeditions are one of the few specialists that really do off the beaten track adventures.

Personal Customer Service

You can depend on us to meet your high standards. The majority of our itineraries are tailor made to include your interests; we listen to what you want and then create an itinerary around your specific needs, working within your budget and with a commitment to responsible travel. Experience your chosen destination in the knowledge you are in the care of our experienced team who are available to provide support before, during and after the trip. Our maximum group size is 12 people and all our clients are important and unique to us; we won’t need to identify you by a number.

Unique Itineraries

We strive on making unique and exciting itineraries by combining some of the very best travel experiences from some of the most remote corners of the world. Pioneer have been successfully focusing on ‘wildlife trips and adventure holidays’ since our launch in 2006. Wildlife trips – Observing wildlife in its natural habitat is both a privilege and inspiring experience. While sightings can’t always be guaranteed our guides strive to deliver those exceptional and special moments. Our excellent guides can also provide additional knowledge and insight while you have the reassurance that you are travelling sustainably and responsibly. Adventure Holidays – We specialise in off the beaten track adventures, away from the tourist trails. We introduce our clients to unique and special places with experiences that you might otherwise miss, and offer itineraries that include wildlife tracking, trekking and kayaking.

Local Knowledge

Our team have personal experience of our destinations and therefore can provide detailed information on our itineraries. We have the local knowledge to answer your questions and ensure the trip meets your needs and expectations. But the real experts are the locals. That is why we use highly experienced local guides, because after all, no one knows a place better than the people who live there!

Responsible Travel

We run Pioneer Expeditions because we love travel and believe that responsibly organised tourism can really help to protect the mix of different environments and cultures around the world. Therefore, it is important to us that we provide trips that have a positive impact. We work to ensure that income derived from our trips are returned to the local economy; through using local guides and supporting conservation initiatives, such as the reforestation project in Madagascar. Most of our expeditions involve some sort of environmentally friendly power, such as trekking by foot, and paddling in kayaks and rafts. Additionally, in all of our expeditions, we will always leave a place like we found it- sometimes in a better condition than when we found it. To support local communities, we sleep and eat in locally run establishments wherever possible, and interact sensibly with the local communities, we sleep and eat in locally run establishments wherever possible, and interact sensibly with the local communities as we believe in positive cultural exchanges to enhance their lives through trade not aid.

Small Groups

To greatly reduce our impact on the environment we have a strict maximum of 8-12 team members per group, which helps to minimise the damage associated with large scale tourism. The second aim of such small groups consists of giving you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture and learn more from the people and regions around the world. Pioneer Expeditions guarantees a tour when at least two people sign up for it, meaning that there are less chances for your holidays to be cancelled due to a lack or participants.


Whether we are creating a tailormade trip to see lemurs peeking through the lush in the canopy in Madagascar, designing a once-in-a-life-time family adventure or organising a luxurious honeymoon we listen to our customers’ needs and design tours that will challenge and inspire according to your wishes.

Financial Security

Your booking with Pioneer Expeditions is covered by UK law and when you make a booking all the money which you have paid will be fully protected under our TTA license and you will be supplied with a guarantee certificate. Click here for more info. If you book the flight from the UK, it will also covers from T-ATOL (T7610).

Pioneer are driven by a passion for adventure travel which we love to share with our clients. We delight in searching the globe for new destinations, new experiences and creating the most incredible adventure holidays.  So you can travel with us on vacation to the world’s most spectacular, remote and extraordinary places, whether you are looking to join one of our scheduled small group adventures, your own private tailormade trip or a luxury family holiday.


We have been successfully focussing on ‘wildlife trips and adventure holidays’ since our launch in 2006. We are different from virtually all other adventure companies in that our background is in organising major international expeditions (the Borobudur ship expedition 2003-04 and Phoenicia ship expedition 2008-2010 were both successful multinational expeditions involving international governments and institutional partners) and as a result we now work with a unique network of like-minded partners from around the world.


We have a passion for bringing the very best travel experiences to our clients, often in an expedition-style adventure format, from some of the most remote corners of the world. From the moment you choose to travel with Pioneer Expeditions until you return home you are supported by our dedicated team. When you arrive at your destination you will be in the safe hands of our overseas partners; we select the best guides with local knowledge and experience who will strive to show you a real insight into their country.



Pioneer Expeditions was founded in 2006 to offer real off the beaten track adventures and extraordinary ‘Pioneer Firsts’ such as the North – South traverse of Liverpool Land in Greenland, and to be one of the first groups to trek the length of the Cotahuasi Canyon (the world’s deepest canyon) in Peru. Since organizing these trips we have developed many other itineraries for international activity holidays, wildlife tours and extreme adventure trips by forming deep partnerships with local specialists. As a result, we have an unparalleled network of local partners, experience and resources to deliver amazing tailormade holidays, small group trips and luxury adventures.


Pioneer is a private UK limited adventure travel company that is owned and managed by its directors. Now in our 16th year of operation, we are based in the market town of Lulworth, Dorset and regularly attend travel shows at London’s Olympia exhibition centre such as Destinations and the Adventure Travel show.



Nature and culture are important to us and there are plenty of opportunities on every trip to explore the fascinating flora and fauna, unusual places and landmarks around us. And after comfortably ‘roughing it’ in the wilds, we tend to spend the last few days relaxing in more luxurious accommodation. We try to make life as comfortable as possible, even when camping out in the wilds.


We use highly experienced local guides and experts to work with us as we know that no one knows a place better than the people who live there. On some expeditions we aim to be the first group to achieve an unusual objective or particular mission. Canoeing a river from source to sea, climbing a remote mountain or volcano, swimming a volcanic lake, trekking a glacier or traversing a tropical island; we are constantly researching new ideas and experiences.


You will not need any specialist skills to come on a pioneer expedition – though you may leave with some – and age is no barrier.


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