Pioneer Camp

Reviews of Pioneer Camp

Good(76%) From 76 travellers
Excellent
16
Good
33
Average
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Poor
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Terrible
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Below are independent comments from 76 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 M from New York, USA
Arrived on: 30-Jul-2009 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Pioneer Camp - First Night

We had two very short stays at Pioneer Camp (arriving around 7pm both times and departing around 6:30 am both times) I just wish we could have had a little more opporunity to see the place in daylight.

Paul was a very gracious and attentive host and took care of all our needs, including the last minute addition of another guest (another Peace Corps volunteer traveiling with us when we returned to Lusaka).. We also enjoyed meeting other travelers there, sharing stories and experiences.

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Ms B from Liverpool
Arrived on: 27-Jul-2009 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
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Location:
Excellent
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Excellent
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Food:
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A great way to spend the last evening in Zamb

I it is necessary to spend a night away from Tafika etc due to an early flight then Pioneer Camp is the next best thing.

Aagain I was treated royally and helped in every way even to providing me with an escort to my chalet and a candle when the lights went out

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Mr H & Ms Y from Hampton Hill
Arrived on: 16-Apr-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
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Average
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Rooms:
Good
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Pioneer Camp review

This camp is ideal for a one night stop-off but not for a two night stay as it is a long way from Lusaka and 'in the middle of nowhere'.

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Mr C and family - Dorset
Arrived on: 15-Apr-2009 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Pioneer Camp review

Very convenient stop off prior to London flight

Good food - enormous steaks

Very obliging service

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Mr & Mrs H from Cheshire
Arrived on: 15-Oct-2008 Stayed for: 1 nights
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A handy place to overnight.

The staff were friendly and helpful - in fact, the manager seemed to be the meeter and greeter, driver, bar tender, and general factotum. The arrangements for getting us to and from the airport worked well. The food was good and plentiful. The rooms were large, clean and tidy, but one of our bathrooms was very short of somewhere to put things and the rooms could have done with somewhere to put clothes overnight. The mattresses were terrible - lumpy and hard. We could not have fallen out, being trapped in the dip in the middle. The lighting in the rooms was very poor.

Getting between the bar/eating complex and the rooms was very difficult due to the state of the rough stone tracks and was positvely dangerous in the dark, just asking for somebody to turn an ankle on loose stones and cobbles. It was also difficult to find particular huts in the dark, and one of us wandered around in confusion fruitlessly visiting one cabin after another. There were lamps, which we think were solar powered, but they were spaced far apart, and either not working at all or so dim as to be almost useless.

A good international hotel might have been a better choice, but given that the international hotels in Lusaka do not seem to be good, from what we have read, I think the Pioneer Camp was perhaps a better end to a safari but we ourselves would not want to go there again until the tracks have been made safe to walk on.

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Expert Africa comments

We put this to the camp and the manager, Paul, replied to thank these travellers and us for the feedback.

He assured us that: "The issues raised shall be seen to immediately."

Mr & Mrs E from Glasgow
Arrived on: 19-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
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Location:
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Food:
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Pioneer Camp review

Due to having to get the early BA flight back to the UK, we were unable to spend our last night in Kafue at the Lunga River Lodge on the Rivers and Plains trip and were booked into Pioneer Camp on the outskirts of Lusaka as an alternative.

The compound has a number of chalets and camp sites around a central bar/restaurant and inevitably was going to be something of a disappointment after staying in small camps in the National Parks. Our chalet was fairly basic with tired bedding but clean enough.

Excellent steak dinner. Breakfast a little disorganised in the early morning. before departure. Pick-up and drop-offs at the airport were completely hassle-free. I don't know what the cost was per night so it may be good value but I can see the only reason to stay would be for easy access to the Airport or as a short stop-over.

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