Pioneer Camp

Reviews of Pioneer Camp

Good(77%) From 82 travellers
Excellent
19
Good
36
Average
24
Poor
3
Terrible
0
Below are independent comments from 82 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 & 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.

Mr & Mrs J from Dyfed
Arrived on: 24-Jun-2012 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Good
Good

Handy stop-over

Very obliging owner, Paul, checked us in for our flight again.

Nicer room and less cold than last year.

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Dr & Mrs C from Henley on Thames
Arrived on: 10-Jun-2012 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Poor
Poor

Pioneer Camp review

A cheerful place for 1 night stop before flying back to UK. Our 4th visit and Paul continues to expand the number and comfort of the chalets.

There is now good light and the bathrooms are enormous. Food remains indifferent with little choice, simple quality and breakfast only just provided in time for flight.

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Mr B - Bristol
Arrived on: 2-Nov-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Good
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Facilities:
Good
Good

Pioneer Camp review

Quick transfer, enjoyable evening, good nights sleep before the flight home.

Thankyou to Paul and all the staff at Pioneer.

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Ms D & Mr B - Berks
Arrived on: 26-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good

Pioneer Camp review

It's a good basic camp with simple food. They seem to have improved their paths and lighting since we last stayed. Good improvement!

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Mr F - Dublin
Arrived on: 23-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Average
Average

Very comfortable and convenient to the airpor

An excellent place to stay before flying out to london

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Mr B - Bristol
Arrived on: 22-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Good
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Facilities:
Good
Good

Pioneer Camp review

Pioneer gave a very comfortable, clean and safe stopping point before and after my safari in South Luangwa.
Efficient transfers (22mins), Paul(manager) and Alfred(assistant) are friendly and helpful. The steaks are good and the breakfast more than adequate.

Pioneer is not 5 star, but it does not advertise as so. This is a bridge into Africa and a easing back down to earth after any up market trip into South Luangwa. In any case if you want a 5 star hotel in Lusaka - good luck!
Paul also arranges on line check in.

No fuss here, straight forward accommodation, retain the look and feel of Africa.
Sometimes, some interesting clients, if you're sociable by nature, even more reason to stay. If you want to shut yourself away then head for the concrete jungle of Lusaka!

Thank you to everyone at Pioneer, striving to improve even further.

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Dr & Mrs C from Henley on Thames
Arrived on: 5-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Average
Average

OK for 1 night by airport

Paul meets and greets well and is helpful with the online checkin process. He has extended this to 12 cabins and improved the lighting throughout. A glass in the bedroom would help with pill-taking.

Dinner remains uninspired in choice and standard, and it needs more light sitting outside. Breakfast needs a big push to get it on the table on time.

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Dr and Mrs B - Hertfordshire
Arrived on: 30-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Good
Good

Pioneer Camp review

A single night stay to catch the early morning BA flight back to the UK. 30 minute transfer from Lusaka airport, and a warm welcome from Paul. It's unfair to compare Pioneer with the camps in the Luangwa - Pioneer serves a very different purpose, but it's a nice gradual re-emergence back into what passes for civilisation!

Paul helped with online check-in the night before the flight. Lovely Chitenge area, friendly dogs milling around, and a great evening meal and breakfast followed by an early morning transfer back to Lusaka airport for the flight home. Very relaxed atmosphere.

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Mr & Mrs B from Dersingham
Arrived on: 25-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Pioneer Camp

A good choice for a positioning night before the early morning flight to London the next day. The staff were friendly and helpful - Paul the manager volunteered to check us in for our flight without being asked.

Our only criticism was that we would not have described our chalet as 'Luxury', compared with what we had been used to for ten days in the Luangwa valley.

The transfers from and back to the airport were efficient.

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