Pioneer Camp

Reviews of Pioneer Camp

Good(77%) From 78 travellers
Excellent
17
Good
34
Average
24
Poor
3
Terrible
0
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.
Mr and Mrs P from Volcano, USA
Arrived on: 3-Jul-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
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Excellent
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Rooms:
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Service:
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Food:
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Pioneer Camp review

Pioneer Camp provides an excellent overnight location close to the airport at Lusaka. And although we did not have the time, I'm sure it's closeness to Lusaka itself would also be handy.

Very nice rooms in private locations. The meals at the restaurant were very good.

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Mr & Mrs J from Dyfed
Arrived on: 29-Jun-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good

Homeward bound

Satisfactory as a stopover for an early morning flight from Lusaka.

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Mr. E - Berkeley
Arrived on: 17-Jun-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Good
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Food:
Good
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Pioneer Camp review

This was a nice enough camp - fairly basic in terms of amenities. The bed was comfortable. The room was very large, so plenty of room to spread out. The bathroom was a bit strange – the shower/tub combination was strangely constructed. The tub itself is embedded in the floor and rather large and deep. The shower head is high above the tub. In order to enter the tub/shower, you had to step up above the lip of the tub and then down rather far into the tub itself, so this requires a bit of dexterity and balance.

I didn't use it anyway since I didn't get any hot water. I was leaving rather early in the morning, and I ran the hot water for around 15-20 minutes and never got any hot water, so I just didn't bother.

I ran into a number of people during my holiday who stay at Pioneer Camp – mainly as an overnight hotel close to the airport for early departing flights. It fulfills that need fairly satisfactorily. It's about 30 minutes from the airport.

I had a continental breakfast in the morning, and it was fine. What's nice is that there's free wi-fi here, and it worked fine and was fast enough. They were also nice enough to allow me to print out my e-ticket for my proflight flights the next morning on their printer.

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Mr W & Mrs Z from the Netherlands
Arrived on: 14-Nov-2010 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Average
Average

Pioneer Camp review

Just a stay over before returning home. See first comment

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Mr & Mrs D from Twickenham
Arrived on: 12-Nov-2010 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Average
Average
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average

Pioneer Camp review

Might be a short distance from the airport but a very long off-road ride in a taxi - once the taxi driver eventually appeared to meet us at the airport, after we'd contacted you; we think he was chatting with his mates and simply forgot about us. if I hadn't had a working mobile, what then?

Service would be "good" apart from that, they allowed us to check in for our BA flight home.

Pleasant enough spot but a come-down after the Delta, mostly South African backpackers and selfdrivers who weren't overly sociable.

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Mr W & Mrs Z from the Netherlands
Arrived on: 25-Oct-2010 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Excellent
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Service:
Good
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Food:
Average
Average

Pioneer Camp review

some more attention from staff concerning breakfast would help. The owner, Paul, works hard and is a nice guy.

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Dr & Mrs C from Henley on Thames
Arrived on: 6-Oct-2010 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Average
Average
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Average
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ok for 1 night

Simple and ok for 1 night.

Chalet has been upgraded and now has enough light to read by. Paul is friendly enough but invisible in the morning. Get the Land cruiser not the Hilux for the transfer if possible as the road is awful. Limited food choice and very ordinary quality.

Happy campers making extraordinary trips means interesting chats over a drink.

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Mr & Mrs H from Lancs
Arrived on: 26-Sep-2010 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
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Service:
Excellent
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Food:
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Activities:
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Pioneer Camp review

A good place to stay

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Mr. and Mrs. L - France
Arrived on: 26-Sep-2010 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Poor
Poor
Location:
Average
Average
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Poor
Poor
Food:
Average
Average

Weird experience

No information whatsoever; on arrival we where given our keys and that's it.

What a poor way to finish such a great holidays.
may be it would be wise to find another place.

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Expert Africa comments


Pioneer Camp are very sorry to hear that these travellers have rated their stay as poor. The owner remembers meeting them on arrival and checking them in himself. He was certain that things had been explained clearly, and that these guests were happy and enjoying their stay.

He commented that travellers arriving in the morning or early afternoon, are offered activities. However, travellers arriving in the late afternoon or at night are left to relax as they're just using Pioneer Camp for an overnight stop.

Dinner orders are always taken on arrival - so the kitchen can start preparing in advance. Guests are driven to their rooms where they can rest until they wish to come back to the chitenge (main area). Travellers are also offered the chance to check-in online for their flights, and this is usually done by the owner whilst they are having dinner. Guests are then briefed, before they go to bed, the program for the morning, and place their breakfast orders to allow a swift departure to the airport in the early morning.

Pioneer Camp is a rustic little camp that is conveniently located about half an hour from Lusaka airport. It does not offer the same experience as some of the more intimate bush camps that you'll find in the national parks, and it's accommodation is much simpler than if you stayed at the Taj Pamodzi Hotel in downtown Lusaka.

Mr and Mrs LS - Dorset
Arrived on: 24-Sep-2010 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Poor
Poor
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Poor
Poor

Pioneer Camp review

Fine as an overnight stop but would not want to spend longer there.

Room dark, shower broken, dividing wall with next door paper thin.

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