Pioneer Camp

Reviews of Pioneer Camp

Good(79%) From 115 travellers
Excellent
32
Good
50
Average
28
Poor
4
Terrible
1
Below are independent comments from 115 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.
Donaldsons from ADK, NY
Arrived on: 27-Jun-2019 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
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Rooms:
Good
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Service:
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Food:
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Activities:
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Facilities:
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Pioneer Camp review

We stayed at Pioneer only one night after arrival from the States.

It turned out to be a great decision....sort of a transition from home life to the camps in South Luangwa. Accommodations were very nice, camp personal helpful and friendly. There are a fair number of campers, both tent and mobile, which while we didn't expect, were not problematic.

I would recommend Pioneer as a good stopover point.

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Mrs S. from Haslemere
Arrived on: 17-Apr-2019 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Average
Average

Pioneer Camp review

We spent one night between flights at Pioneer Camp. It served its purpose as a stop over near the airport well.

Major problem, over which they had no control, was that there was a power outage much of the evening which made things much more difficult.

Food was fine but not brilliant and the staff helpful and friendly.

Certainly a better option than a featureless city centre hotel.

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Mr K-Prof V from Michigan
Arrived on: 21-Dec-2018 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Excellent

Great Place to Use Near Lusaka

Only 30 minutes from the airport, we stayed at Pioneer Camp for a day while awaiting an onward flight connection.

Our experience was excellent - good food, quiet surroundings, attentive staff.

This was a hundred times better than staying in a hotel in the city. Highly recommended.

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Mr E. from Zurich
Arrived on: 16-Nov-2018 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Average
Average

Arrival in Lusaka

Negative:
- very loud music from a neighboring house/village
- very impersonal reception and atmosphere
- reception area was dark and not very welcoming

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Mr T from Johannesburg
Arrived on: 15-Nov-2018 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Poor
Poor
Rooms:
Poor
Poor
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good

Overnight stay

On arrival at airport, Pioneer guys were there to meet us, transfer to camp was without incident. Arrival and check in were fine, though one room had twin beds because of a red ant infestation, not the end of the world. Dinner was fine. Rooms were spacious but the bed and pillows were terribly old and uncomfortable. Our transfer back to the airport was a huge issue. The bus was late. We were told we would be leaving at 6am. Most of our party was already waiting at reception at 5:45. By 6:30 our transport wasn't there. There was a story about another couple needing to leave for the airport, so they took the bus, and the driver was on the way back. They then brought another car, which we loaded and piled in. This car had no fuel. Our original bus came tearing back into camp and almost ran over the dog! We unpacked the car with no fuel and packed into the bus. The drive to the airport was hair raising to say the least - it's a wonder we didn't have an accident. We did make it to the airport with minutes to spare before check in closed. The story about the other couple was nonsense, they would not have fit in the vehicle with us anyway. This was a phantom couple. The driver was just late. Late was bad enough, but the lying was unacceptable.

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Expert Africa comments

Paul, the owner of Pioneer Camp, has responded to these comments, and he has sincerely apologised to us and to the travellers for the communication problems regarding the transfers, and to the issues with the bedding that they experienced during their stay. He has told us that he will be addressing the issues raised immediately, and as a gesture of goodwill he has also offered these travellers a complimentary nights stay at Pioneer Camp, should they be in Lusaka any time in the future.

Mrs K from Netherlands
Arrived on: 11-Oct-2018 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Average
Average
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
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Food:
Good
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Facilities:
Average
Average

Pioneer Camp review

It's ok to stay for a night, before travelling to an other place. But not for a longer stay.

The simple furnished and decorated room is large and very clean. The food was good, but you have to wait long before it is on your table.

The staff is helpful but it needs a bit more professional attitude. But saying that I would go again for a stopover. If you want luxury all over, it is not your place.

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Mr & Mrs W from Croydon
Arrived on: 23-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Average
Average

Satisfactory and convenient overnight stay

We used Pioneer Camp as an overnight stay after arriving at Lusaka airport and before traveling onward. The camp arranged the transfer from and back to the airport and that was efficient and on time - despite parts of the long dirt road from the main road being very poor and bumpy. Friendly welcome and spacious comfortable chalet. Reasonable choice on the dinner and breakfast menu.

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Mr & Mrs C from Surrey
Arrived on: 20-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Pioneer Camp review

This camp was peaceful, had friendly staff and the accommodation was good. All meals were good.

Excellent place to stay for a night.

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A & B from Larbert
Arrived on: 17-Aug-2018 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
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Facilities:
Good
Good

Good for a stopover

We only stayed in Pioneer Camp for one night travelling to South Luangwa so hard to really comment much.

Room was very clean and comfortable and friendly staff.

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Mrs M from Japan
Arrived on: 9-Aug-2018 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

Nice place to stay after long flight into Lusaka. I was glad to have large room with bath tub.

There was a large party (35 people) staying at the camp and they gathered at the restaurant area before each meal, so I sat at the bar and waited for a while until my table was set. But staff were very friendly and food was good.

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