Pioneer Camp

Reviews of Pioneer Camp

Good(77%) From 78 travellers
Excellent
17
Good
34
Average
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Poor
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Below are independent comments from 78 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.
Ms D & Mr B - Berks
Arrived on: 26-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Food:
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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:
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Excellent
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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
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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
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Average
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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
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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:
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Location:
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Rooms:
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Service:
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Food:
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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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Mr & Mrs W from Northampton
Arrived on: 7-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
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Location:
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Rooms:
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Pioneer Camp review

For an overnight stop the close location to the airport was good though we were surprised to be on dirt roads for most of the journey as the camp is out in the countryside.

The chalet was smart, clean and spacious and bar/restaurant had a bit of good character with reasonably priced drinks. Pioneer arranged the transfers perfectly and collected and delivered bags to our chalet.

Not to the standards of service as the safari camps but perfectly OK.

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Mrs & Mr F - British Columbia
Arrived on: 22-Aug-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
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Location:
Average
Average
Rooms:
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Service:
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Food:
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Facilities:
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Good place to stay on arrival

Pioneer Camp is great for the night on arrival. The cabin was comfortable and we had a good dinner and breakfast. Evertone was very helpful and friendly. However if I was staying longer I would choose to stay nearer the city as Pioneer Camp is located out of town and there is not much to do here if you don't have a vehicle.

Please note that only soap is provided in the bathroom. You need to bring shampoo etc.

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Expert Africa comments

Pioneer Camp apologised for the lack of complimentary toiletries during these guests visit. The camp tells us that they usually supply soap, shampoo and lotion in each bathroom but that they recently had some problems with their supplier. They've since changed suppliers and things are now back to normal.

Pioneer Camp also wanted us to note that they can offer transport to town and back (about 30 minutes each way), and that they can also offer tours of the city or to a nearby private game farm.

Mr & Mrs W from Austin
Arrived on: 10-Aug-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Location:
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Rooms:
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Service:
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Nice place close to airport

Pioneer Camp was close to the airport, buzzing with activity from other campers/guests preparing to head home.

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Ms C and Ms B - London
Arrived on: 31-Jul-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
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Location:
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Rooms:
Average
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Food:
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Pioneer Camp review

Our arrival transport did not arrive, but we were given a lift by a friendly Zimbabwean chap who seemed to have some connection with Pioneer, so all was well. After the individual pampering of Nkwali and Tena Tena, Pioneer was a bit of a re-entry to normality, but we enjoyed that as an experience. It was fun sharing a larger area with groups of campers doing self drive, The chalets were spacious if a little underlit/gloomy.

The Manager was friendly and diligent and helped us do our online check in. We hadn't been aware that Lusaka is much higher than Luangwa, so found it chilly. Food was good and operated on a useful pre-order system so that the chef could prepare well and our excellent meals turned up on time. Transport back to the airport was on time and good.

Pioneer, clearly is in a different league to Nkwali and Tena Tena, but it serves its purpose very well

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