Reviews of Pioneer Camp
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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.
Africa at Pioneer, not the concrete jungle!
Thanks again to Paul and all the team at Pioneer.
The great way to relax in similar surround to that in the valley whilst retaining that Africa feeling.
Enjoyed the conversation and the archery at dusk.
Great steaks, the perfect way to end from what was the perfect vacation.
True Pioneer style.
Pioneer is the perfect place to unwind and relax after a long flight.
The 'pick up' and transfer was very efficient and the usual friendly welcome and good breakfast that awaits soon after my arrival.
Safe and clean, good birding within the grounds this time of year.
Evenings spent socialising with different people, fellow travellers, sharing stories and enjoying the damn good steaks on offer.
Thankyou to Paul, Alfred and the Pioneer team.
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The chalets are large and clean, very pleasant. The bar area is nice too. Not a lot of choice on the restaurant menu, but the barbequed t-bones were good. There is a very small swimming pool available but we did not get to try it as there were some highly intoxicated gentlemen lounging around... ;-)
Very decent place to spend a night in Lusaka.
Accommodation good, but the access road for the last couple of miles is worse than the tracks in the bush
Handy for the airport, and they were very helpful with check-in, etc.
Convenient and comfortable
We stayed one night at Pioneer en route from Mana Pools to Livingstone. We were made very welcome by the staff and would certainly recommend it for a short stay handy for the airport.Read more about the whole trip
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Pioneer Camp is like a bush camp but on the outskirts of Lusaka. A good overnight stop-off on route from the airport to a safari holiday.
Bird life at dawn was fantastic.
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Transfers were good.
We were provided with inferior accommodation to what was booked due to an error. Although clean it was very basic and not of a standard we would normally book. The manager was very apologetic about the error and he is still in discussion with Expert Africa about this matter.
Strange service with the food which had be pre-ordered at check in and when we were called to the table the food already sitting there getting cold.
Expert Africa comments
The owner of Pioneer Camp responded to this feedback with the following comments and offered a ful refund for the nights stay:
There was an unfortunate error that lead to these travellers being booked into a chalet which we would never normally use for Expert Africa travellers. We are looking into the fault of this to ensure it doesn't happen again.
Our current way of service is that we bring the dinner out then call the guests to the table. Sometimes if people are engaged in conversation we will keep it in the warmer until they are ready. It is a very valid point that the dinner may become cold in the mean time, I shall look into changing the order of service to avoid this from happening.
Very obliging owner, Paul, checked us in for our flight again.
Nicer room and less cold than last year.
Pioneer Camp review
A cheerful place for 1 night stop before flying back to UK. Our 4th visit and Paul continues to expand the number and comfort of the chalets.
There is now good light and the bathrooms are enormous. Food remains indifferent with little choice, simple quality and breakfast only just provided in time for flight.