Reviews of Pioneer Camp
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Pioneer Camp review
Bit of a come down after the wonderful Robin Pope Lodges, Everything comfortable but a lot more basic, including the food.
Very accommodating and offered to check in the BA flight which was very helpful.
OK for an early flight
We arrived after dark before an early flight home.
Its a slightly odd place - no atmosphere and quiet with a number of chalets and a camp site. The chalet was large and quite bare and functional, although efforts had been made to make it more homely, with vases and candles etc. The beds were comfortable. The bathroom was a bit tired with rusty pipes and water. The food is basic and simple. Apart from the manager, the service was not very friendly. The catering staff didn't speak to or acknowledge us either at dinner or breakfast.
Apart from this, although they took details of when we needed to leave, this wasn't communicated properly. So after waiting, we lugged our bags up to reception where luckily there was someone around who could help. We were told that our bags should have been collected while we were having breakfast. We left 15 minutes late, but our driver still managed to get us there on time. As the majority of their custom must be from people catching early flights, this is something they should always get right.
Very uninteresting place to spend a night
Pionee.rr is out in the middle of nowhere and you don't get to see Lusaka is you stay here for a night. The tap water wasn't drinkable and they charged for bottled water.
On the positive side we felt safe there.
A good choice for an early flight
We stayed one night to fit in with flights.
This was a very good transition from being on safari to town. The transfer from the airport worked well, as did the return journey next morning. The chalet and the site were very nice and met our needs well. They are not of the standard of the safari camps, but we wouldn’t expect that. They are very good at what they do.
We tried to check in for our flight online, but internet problems meant we couldn’t do this. However, Lusaka is a small airport with few flights, so it was no problem at all.
Food at the camp was fine, with a nice veggie pasta in the evening. Breakfast was prepared early so that we could get an early transfer to the airport.
Pioneer Camp is not great
The chalet was satisfactory/
The evening meal was terrible. The breakfast was excellent. The length of time required for preparation was absurd
The Dutch "greeter" who fronted was a non salaried "newbie" who was drowning quickly. She did try very hard - so she said - to find our Bradt Guide which we had mislaid. The owner was away.
I would have preferred to haver overnighted in a standard hotel in Lusaka.
Expert Africa comments
We were sorry that Pioneer Camp did not live up to these guests expectations. In hindsight we could have offered a wider range of Lusaka accommodation choices for these travellers to consider, rather than just including the well priced Pioneer Camp for its economy as part of the itinerary and we have certainly learnt from that experience. Pioneer Camp has also extended their apologies to these guests and stated that they will use this feedback to make necessary improvements. The camp added that they recently demolished their old kitchen and built a new one, and that the management team were working on some changes to the evening menu. They explained that the meals are made to order and from scratch, using fresh ingredients, which is why the preparation can take a while. Pioneer camp was delighted to read their breakfast rated as excellent. They offered to send a new Bradt Guide to these guests but luckily the travellers have since found their copy.
Convenient location to airport
Ok for one night before or after a safari. The food was not very good and the blankets too thin for the cold night.Read more about the whole trip
Expert Africa comments
Pioneer Camp has extended their apologies to these guests and stated that they will use this feedback to make necessary improvements. The camp told us that they would check on the blankets placed in the chalets to make sure that future visitors would be warm at night. Glass panes recently replaced gauze the chalet windows to reduce wind blowing through the rooms and so it is hoped that this will also help keep rooms warmer during Zambias short winter period. The kitchen was also recently demolished, and a new one built, and the camp management are working on changes to their menu.
Pioneer Camp review
It's a long bumpy drive from the airport. A bit of a surprise and a bit too long if you arrive in the evening after a long day.
Food was so-so - quantity over quality. If there is a modern hotel that is OK and closer to the airport I think I would stay there next time.
A good last night
This camp provided a good last evening stop before flying out the next day.
The only down side was the apalling road to reach it, made more comfortable in the morning by the use of a Land cruiser.
Ideal for an easy transfer to the airport
Arrived early evening so just time for a quick snack, sleep, before an early morning transfer to Lusaka airport.
The chalet was spacious and very comfortable
Very handy for an early flight from Lusaka.
When the government levels out the road, it will be much more comfortable to travel to the camp. At the moment, its a kidney-bashing trip, but nevertheless quite good fun.
The camp itself was extremely well fitted out and the bar area was warm, comfortable and very well decorated. As our room was a bit away from the main lodge, the in-house driver dropped us off and collected us for a quick breakfast before taking us to Lusaka Airport.
Our room was very nicely decorated and the bed was extremely comfortable. Lots of room to scatter our luggage!!
Even though we arrived quite late, the stand-in manager, Phil, made sure we had toasted sandwiches to keep us going.