Pioneer Camp

Reviews of Pioneer Camp

Good(79%) From 114 travellers
Excellent
32
Good
49
Average
28
Poor
4
Terrible
1
Below are independent comments from 114 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.
Miss P from NL
Arrived on: 13-Jul-2018 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Excellent

Convenient stopover

Convenient location for a one night stop over, with friendly staff and a great steak for dinner.

It was a pretty cold night and the chalets are not well insulated- hot water bottles would be much appreciated.

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Ms S from Piedmont
Arrived on: 2-Jul-2018 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Poor
Poor
Rooms:
Poor
Poor
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Average
Average

Not on par with other camps

Unfortunately, after the luxury of our other camps, this stay was quite a letdown. I know it was selected due to its proximity to the airport, but given how slowly we had to drive for so long on the dirt road, I wonder how much time we actually saved versus going into the city.

The service was great though, and they were so nice to prepare sack lunches for us to take with us because we had to leave before breakfast.

We really did appreciate that they accommodated us in that way.

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Mr & Mrs S from Oxon
Arrived on: 15-May-2018 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Good stop-over

A pleasant stop-over on our way to South Luangwa as it is fairly close to the airport and avoids the need to go into Lusaka.

We have stayed there before and would do so again.

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F from Derbyshire
Arrived on: 15-May-2018 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Average
Average

Pioneer Camp review

The Pioneer Camp was a good introduction to the holiday. It is a comparatively short distance from Lusaka Airport and the journey does not involve having to drive through the urban sprawl of the city or to have to sit in traffic jams.

We received a very warm welcome from the acting manager. The staff were helpful and friendly. The bar and restaurant area were pleasant.

The accommodation in the rooms was good. The bed was extremely comfortable. One minor point was that there was quite a slope/step in the bathroom area which was quite easy to slip on, especially at night as it was all painted the same brown colour.

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Mr & Miss S from Wimbledon
Arrived on: 16-Oct-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Excellent

Better than overnighting in a Lusake hotel

After flying in to Lusaka, Pioneer Camp with its spacious thatched bar and thatched chalets is a proper introduction to Africa before moving on for a safari and preferable to a city hotel. Dinner of excellent steaks outside in the warm air under trees was great.

I telephoned from Nairobi to report that our connecting flight had been cancelled and we would be several hours late. Not a problem and they track the flight arrival, so their driver didn't have a wasted journey and arrived to collect us from the later flight.

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Mr & Mrs L from Surrey
Arrived on: 6-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Average
Average

Pioneer Camp stopover

We felt that the bath/shower in our room was very deep and quite difficult to get out of when wet. It needed a grab rail.

Otherwise it was a great choice for a stop over

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Mrs J from Exeter
Arrived on: 24-May-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Good
Good

Relaxing day at Pioneer Camp

A warm welcome from Sophie and a very comfortable and relaxing place to spend our last day in Africa. Good birdwatching.

(NB. 14 kms in pitch darkness on the worst road we saw anywhere would be a disconcerting arrival in Africa for someone who had just landed at Lusaka from the UK. Forewarned is forearmed.)

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Mr & Mrs S from Oxon
Arrived on: 14-May-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Average
Average

Pioneer Camp review

This was our third stay at Pioneer Camp.

The driver and vehicle from the camp was there to greet us at the airport. The transfer was fine and we were quickly settled in our chalet.

Chalet was clean with hot water on tap. We enjoyed our evening meal choosing the local dish of nsima and vegetables.

We really appreciated the fact that we were able to get a very early breakfast before we were transferred to the airport in good time for our 7.30 flight.

We would stay there again.

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Dr D from Salisbury
Arrived on: 6-Sep-2016 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Good
Good

Great introduction and recovery from flights.

Lovely spot and a real introduction to Zambia outside the city.

Our night was a much appreciated stop-over before transfer to Nkwali and gave us time to recover from the flights in from the UK and Dubai. Very courteous and friendly staff and one of the best steaks I have ever had, cooked over an open fire.

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Mr & Mrs P from Wiltshire
Arrived on: 26-Jul-2016 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Good
Good

Excellent overnight stop before safari

They even arranged an extra-early breakfast before our Proflight.

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