Pioneer Camp

Reviews of Pioneer Camp

Good(77%) From 81 travellers
Excellent
19
Good
35
Average
24
Poor
3
Terrible
0
Below are independent comments from 81 of our travellers who have visited Pioneer Camp, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr T - Hertfordshire
Arrived on: 29-Mar-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Average
Average
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

A good last night

This camp provided a good last evening stop before flying out the next day.

The only down side was the apalling road to reach it, made more comfortable in the morning by the use of a Land cruiser.

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Mr & Mrs B - Kent
Arrived on: 8-Mar-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Ideal for an easy transfer to the airport

Arrived early evening so just time for a quick snack, sleep, before an early morning transfer to Lusaka airport.

The chalet was spacious and very comfortable

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Mr & Mrs R from Croydon
Arrived on: 8-Mar-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

Very handy for an early flight from Lusaka.

When the government levels out the road, it will be much more comfortable to travel to the camp. At the moment, its a kidney-bashing trip, but nevertheless quite good fun.

The camp itself was extremely well fitted out and the bar area was warm, comfortable and very well decorated. As our room was a bit away from the main lodge, the in-house driver dropped us off and collected us for a quick breakfast before taking us to Lusaka Airport.

Our room was very nicely decorated and the bed was extremely comfortable. Lots of room to scatter our luggage!!

Even though we arrived quite late, the stand-in manager, Phil, made sure we had toasted sandwiches to keep us going.

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Mr B - Bristol
Arrived on: 21-Feb-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Good
Good

Africa at Pioneer, not the concrete jungle!

Thanks again to Paul and all the team at Pioneer.

The great way to relax in similar surround to that in the valley whilst retaining that Africa feeling.

Enjoyed the conversation and the archery at dusk.

Great steaks, the perfect way to end from what was the perfect vacation.

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Mr B - Bristol
Arrived on: 9-Feb-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Activities:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

True Pioneer style.

Pioneer is the perfect place to unwind and relax after a long flight.

The 'pick up' and transfer was very efficient and the usual friendly welcome and good breakfast that awaits soon after my arrival.
Safe and clean, good birding within the grounds this time of year.

Evenings spent socialising with different people, fellow travellers, sharing stories and enjoying the damn good steaks on offer.

Thankyou to Paul, Alfred and the Pioneer team.

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Mr O from Divonne-Les-Bains, France
Arrived on: 17-Oct-2012 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good

Pioneer Camp review

The chalets are large and clean, very pleasant. The bar area is nice too. Not a lot of choice on the restaurant menu, but the barbequed t-bones were good. There is a very small swimming pool available but we did not get to try it as there were some highly intoxicated gentlemen lounging around... ;-)

Very decent place to spend a night in Lusaka.

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Mr & Mrs M from Doncaster
Arrived on: 10-Oct-2012 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good

Pioneer

Accommodation good, but the access road for the last couple of miles is worse than the tracks in the bush

Handy for the airport, and they were very helpful with check-in, etc.

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Mr N & Ms S from London
Arrived on: 28-Sep-2012 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Good
Good

Convenient and comfortable

We stayed one night at Pioneer en route from Mana Pools to Livingstone. We were made very welcome by the staff and would certainly recommend it for a short stay handy for the airport.

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Mr & Mrs M from Chelmsford
Arrived on: 27-Sep-2012 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good

Pioneer Camp review

Pioneer Camp is like a bush camp but on the outskirts of Lusaka. A good overnight stop-off on route from the airport to a safari holiday.

Bird life at dawn was fantastic.

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Mr & Mrs C - Surrey
Arrived on: 1-Jul-2012 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Poor
Poor
Location:
Average
Average
Rooms:
Poor
Poor
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Poor
Poor

Pioneer Camp Review

Transfers were good.

We were provided with inferior accommodation to what was booked due to an error. Although clean it was very basic and not of a standard we would normally book. The manager was very apologetic about the error and he is still in discussion with Expert Africa about this matter.

Strange service with the food which had be pre-ordered at check in and when we were called to the table the food already sitting there getting cold.

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Expert Africa comments

The owner of Pioneer Camp responded to this feedback with the following comments and offered a ful refund for the nights stay:

There was an unfortunate error that lead to these travellers being booked into a chalet which we would never normally use for Expert Africa travellers. We are looking into the fault of this to ensure it doesn't happen again.

Our current way of service is that we bring the dinner out then call the guests to the table. Sometimes if people are engaged in conversation we will keep it in the warmer until they are ready. It is a very valid point that the dinner may become cold in the mean time, I shall look into changing the order of service to avoid this from happening.