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

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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Mr & Mrs W from Surrey
Arrived on: 24-Sep-2010 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Poor
Poor
Rooms:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average

Pioneer Camp

I know the options are limited near Lusaka airport but this was disappointing. We were only there in the dark & most of the journey was along a very bumpy dirt track. I guess it was worse as following Royal Livingstone than if straight from another camp. Perhaps a hotel would have suited us better.

They were not there to meet us at sirport - someone phoned for us & they arrived about 10 mins later. They did not comment about it.

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Mr W & Ms W from Netherlands
Arrived on: 17-Sep-2010 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Comfortable stay at Pioneer camp

We just overnighted here before our flight back home. For this the camp is great.

The rooms are spacious and comfortable. The food is great.

The management helped us check in for our flights after dinner which saved us some time at the airport the next morning.

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Mr & Mrs H from Lancs
Arrived on: 13-Sep-2010 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Average
Average
Activities:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Average
Average

Pioneer Camp review

Conveniently situated near the airport

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Mr & Mrs R from St Helier
Arrived on: 8-Sep-2010 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Average
Average
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Average
Average

Pioneer Camp review

Very noisy, but not the hippos/elephants/hyenas/lions this time. Dogs barking! Cockerels crowing.

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Mr & Mrs H from Cheshire
Arrived on: 1-Sep-2010 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Poor
Poor
Rooms:
Poor
Poor
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Poor
Poor

Weird

We complained about this camp after our first visit and the path to the huts has been improved but the lighting of the paths is worse and there are no sign posts or hut numbers, so after dark it is very difficult. The owner of the camp is extremely charming and does his best and in fact he offered to do our BA check-in online for us which we had not thought about.

His main assistant, Alfred, is incredible and seems to do 3 or 4 different jobs. But in the morning, when it was still pitch black, there was no electricity in the hut until 5.30 and the portable lamp to be used as a standby worked when it felt like. Even in the evening when the lights were on they were poor.

There is an absence of anywhere to put anything in the bathroom. The road to the camp is even worse than 2 years ago which is why we have put the location as poor and we are unlikely to want to stay there again.

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Mr & Mrs H from Bedford
Arrived on: 29-Aug-2010 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Pioneer Camp review

A good place for the last night.

Nice and comfortable rooms but the restaurant service was minimal/non existent.

The management did very well in booking us online with BA, the person who picked us from the airport and took us back the following morning was reliable and whereas spending a night in Lusaka waiting for a morning flight is not the most fantastic thing, Pioneer Camp certainly manages to make it a comfortable and stress-free experience.

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Ms C & Ms M - Oxford
Arrived on: 11-Aug-2010 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Poor
Poor

Pioneer Camp review

Efficient and friendly 'front of house', especially the man who organised getting everyone to the airport. But the food was not very good and the service in the restaurant was distinctly average eg when we arrived we were offered tea but there was no milk and none appeared when requested, there was no tea or coffee after the evening meal, which came with veg instead of salad, various choices at breakfast had run out etc.

Overall as a stopover it was convenient and reasonably priced, and the room was comfortable if a little characterless, but I can not imagine wanting to stay there except to get to the airport.

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