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Its Monday 20th February 2017 and slithering snakes

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I do hope that you are all well, happy and healthy. Hope no one is put off by this weeks’ Its Monday title… It is a risky one but I have decided that it was just too good a story [...]

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Robin Pope Safaris expands into Zimbabwe!

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Exploring the wonderful wilds of Malawi, Zambia – and now Zimbabwe Robin Pope Safaris is delighted to announce an expansion of its operations into Zimbabwe and a new strategic partnership with a Zambezi Valley safari operator; Milo Harrup and Sarah [...]

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Its Monday 16 January 2017 and news from Robin in Liuwa

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I hope that you are all well and have once again had another fabulous weekend.  Here in the Luangwa we have had lots and lots of rain which has been simply heavenly and the river has crept up a little [...]

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Liuwa Plain with Robin Pope

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Looking for an off the beaten track experience led by one of Africa’s finest guides… join us for a limited spaces on a few expeditions to the Liuwa with the legendary Robin Pope! We are offering 6 set departures, ranging [...]

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Its Monday 9th January 2017 and Narina Trogans and margaritas!

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Happy Monday to you – I do hope that you have had an absolutely smashing weekend. Here in the Luangwa, well what news? Lots to be honest with you, the question is where to start as always we need to [...]

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ItsMonday 26 December 2016

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Its Monday and Merry Christmas Hello there everyone I hope that you are all very well and have had a truly wonderful Christmas.  We at RPS would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very merry Christmas [...]

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Its Monday 19th December 2016 and 9 nights at Nkwali

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I hope that you are fabulously well and have had a spectacular weekend. Here from the delightfully green Luangwa Valley we are all having a fabulous time and slowly but surely getting ready for Christmas which I must admit has [...]

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Its Monday 12th December 2016 and the change of seasons at Mkulumadzi

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I hope that fabulous weekends have been had by all and that an equally wonderful week is about to ensue. So what news from the valley? Well we are heading to a different valley today and going all the way [...]

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Its Monday 5th December 2016 and looking ahead to next year

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I hope that you are all well and have the usual fabulous weekend and now that we are into December that everyone is getting into the Christmas spirit and starting to prepare for the big event. Here in the Luangwa [...]

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Its Monday 28th November 2016 and photos first

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I do hope that you are well and have had a fabulous weekend. Well I have to tell you something no sooner had I written my its Monday last week and complained about the lack of rains did the clouds [...]

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It’s Monday 21st November 2016 and everything from African broad bills to buffalo kills

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I hope that you are all fabulously well and have enjoyed a lovely weekend. Here in the Luangwa well still we are waiting for any rain of note and as Nsefu is officially closed as of this morning well quite [...]

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Its Monday 14th November 2016 and another week with no rain

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Happy Monday! I hope that you are extremely well and sitting comfortably wherever it is that you are reading this. Rest assured that there is nothing comfortable about the heat these last few days hitting 40/41 most days, and every [...]

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Its Monday 7th November 2016 and another week in the Valley

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I do hope that you are all well and have had a splendid weekend and are once again ready and raring for another exciting week ahead. I must apologize for my slightly uninspired title for this week but I didn’t [...]

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It’s Monday 31st October 2016 and a week at Luangwa Safari House

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I do hope that you are all splendidly well having had a thoroughly enjoyable weekend and getting ready for a cracking week ahead. Here we had a slight flurry of excitement during the week as the storm clouds built but [...]

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Its Monday 24th October 2016 and hiding out

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I do hope that you have all had a fabulous weekend, here in the Luangwa another operation is closed for the season as Luangwa Bush Camping closes down and pulls out today. The next one is Tena Tena but we [...]

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Its Monday 10th October 2016 and some photos and stories from guests

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  Hello there everyone, I hope that you are all well and thinking about us as we sweat it out here in the Luangwa whilst most of you begin to embark on Autumn.  Anyways enough moaning about that and lets [...]

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Its Monday 17th October 2016 and spotted spotting

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Hello there everyone I hope that you are all well, sitting comfortably and ready for some exciting news from the Mkulumadzi team.  So usually I would waffle on a little bit about various bits and pieces here in the Valley [...]

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Its Monday 3rd October 2016 and another week and temperatures soar

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Hello everyone, I hope that you are all fabulously well and have had a thoroughly enjoyable weekend.  Here in the Luangwa well the river continues to drop, the sun continues to scorch and bake the earth and the animals keep [...]

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Conservation in Malawi – a journey of discovery

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Explore the conservation stories of Malawi – successful collaborations in 3 of the countries impressive reserves and parks. African Parks has taken on Majete Wildlife Reserve, Liwonde National Park and Nkhotakota and aims to reduce conflict, protect habitat and creating [...]

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Its Monday 26 September 2016 and what a lot going on

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I do hope that you are  doing absolutely splendidly and that you had a fabulous weekend.   Well here as I write this to you today we have a band of banded mongoose happily rustling through all the leaf litter on the [...]

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Its Monday 29 August and an a round up from all the camps

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I hope that you are well and have had another cracking weekend.  Here in the Luangwa, well where to start, as just so much has been happening.  So there I was muttering under my breath when Ruth, our Nsefu assistant [...]

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Its Monday 22 August 2016 and safari dreaming

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Hello there everyone, I hope that you are all well following another smashing weekend.  Here in the Valley let me say that it’s August and the August winds certainly seem to have arrived bang on time.  This means everything is [...]

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January Pumulani

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Pumulani has recently become a member of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travelers to make a lasting impact in the communities of their travel destination. With just a few kilos of space in their suitcase, guests can [...]

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February Mkulumadzi

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The bush is lovely and green from all the rain, with all the animals happy and healthy, and the sound of the Shire River so tranquil. We have had good sightings of hyena not too far away from camp and [...]

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It’s Monday 14th January 2013 and a new year at Mkulumadzi

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This week we will hear from Emma and the team down at Mkulumadzi. The year has come and gone in a blink of an eye and it’s time to reflect on all that 2012 had to offer. When we first [...]

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It’s Monday 7th January 2013 and what a way to start the year.

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Hi there! I hope that you are well and that the New Year has got off to the desired successful start. Here, things certainly seem to be heading in that way and the team is in good spirits and the [...]

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It’s Monday 31st December 2012 and the winners are…

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Well hello everyone, I hope that we are all feeling full and contented after a fabulous festive season and that we are getting ready to welcome the New Year in with gusto and enthusiasm.  Whilst speaking about this I am [...]

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It’s Monday 24th December 2012 and a walk before Christmas

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Hi there It’s Monday readers, I hope that everyone is feeling particularly festive and ready for the onslaught of Christmas!!!  Here at Nkwali, Santa has visited the bridge over the lagoon and the baboons are completely terrified at his presence [...]

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It’s Monday 17th December 2012 and a moment with Lady Liuwa

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This week, we will hear from Chris Meyer who just came back from Liuwa Plain! Over to you Chris. “Not many people have been to the Liuwa Plain National Park in the far west of Zambia but many may have [...]

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It’s Monday 10th December 2012 and leopards, bush babies and fork tailed drongos

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This week we’ll hear from the guys down at Majete. So its over to Emma! “The changing of season has been toying with us for some time. We have had a few spots of rain (although nothing to write home [...]

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It’s Monday 3rd December 2012 and a little bit of everything

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Well, hello everyone. I hope that the weekend has been one of huge relaxation and everyone is refreshed and ready to hit the December festivities with gusto and enthusiasm. As you can probably tell, I am already getting excited about [...]

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It’s Monday 26th November 2012 and the season of suspense

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So after last week’s foray over to Malawi, we are bringing you right back to the valley, where it really is the most magical time of the year.  I know you probably hear me harping on and on about it, [...]

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It’s Monday 19th November 2012 and ‘responsible’ news from Pumulani

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Trust you are well. This week we will hear from Dr Cheryl Mvula, a Responsible Tourism consultant. She has just spent some time at Pumulani to help us enhance our responsible tourism policy here. Over to Cheryl… ”The views of [...]

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It’s Monday 12th November 2012 and a moment of indecision

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I hope that you enjoyed another lovely weekend and are ready and raring to go for the week ahead.  Well, today, I am afraid to say that I sat in front of my computer, word document open and was hit [...]

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It’s Monday 5th November 2012 and another dry season bites the dust

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Can you believe it another peak season has passed!!  The lush greenery from May has been sucked up into the earth and replaced with a more desperate façade of dry dust.  Whilst this sounds bleak, trust me it is far [...]

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It’s Monday 29th October 2012 and hot and hectic

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Well the subject of the week is: “jeepers it’s hot!!”  What makes things even better is that it is not just us feeling the heat.  The elephants can be seen regularly in the river joining the hippos and cooling down. [...]

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It’s Monday 22nd October 2012 and Claire sings the praises of Pumulani

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Hope you are well! This week we will hear all about Claire’s new adventures at Pumulani. Many of you will know Claire from her stint up at Liuwa as well as hosting the Mobiles. Over to you Claire: “I have [...]

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It’s Monday 15th October 2012 and news from the Shire

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Hope you are well and had a fabulous weekend and are ready for the week ahead. This week I thought we would hear from the team at Mkulumadzi Lodge. So it’s over to Emma: “Another year is drawing to a [...]

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Malawi’s first Big Five safari park (The Guardian UK)

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With its first Big Five wildlife park, and a glut of new lodges, Malawi is taking on the big boys in the safari stakes. Rachel Williams finds out how Robin Pope Safaris make their Big Five dreams come true in [...]

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It’s Monday 8th October 2012 and what a lot of bats!!!

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Hi there! I hope you are well, had a lovely weekend and are sitting comfortably to look up to the skies for this weeks flying tale.  As some may know, and others may be about to find out, Zambia has [...]

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It’s Monday 1st October 2012 and a flurry of rain

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Yes you guessed! So the story always goes that the minute you do something different, the weather is going to put in the knife and have something to say about it. August we opened the new Tena Tena and we [...]

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It’s Monday 24th September 2012 and a night on the Mupamadzi

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Dragging myself away from this dream and hitting reality once more it has to be said that this year we have had the most incredible wildlife experiences up on the Mupamadzi. The wildlife has really pulled out all the stops [...]

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It’s Monday 17th September 2012 and the great hot and dry!

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As I sit writing to you this week, the office is slightly on the toasty side! The fan is whirring at full speed and all the loose papers on my desk are desperately trying to take off from underneath the [...]

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It’s Monday 10th September 2012 and the Great Honeymoon Trek!

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I hope that all you newly engaged ladies out there are sitting comfortably and ready to take this on as a suggestion to your fiancé, how about a 500 day honeymoon!!??  At this point I hear groans from all the [...]

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Vacations and Travel, Australia

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Sue Watts talks about Zambia’s safari zeal: Another protégé of Norman’s is Robin Pope who, with his wife Jo, established Robin Pope Safaris (RPS), renowned for its walking expeditions, excellent guiding and luxury camps, including Nkwali, Tena Tena and Zambia’s [...]

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It’s Monday 3rd September 2012 and the lions are released at Majete

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Hope you have had a brilliant weekend and are ready for the week ahead!  The guys at Mkulumadzi have had quite an exciting week with the release of “our” lions, so let’s hear from Emma all about it! “The last [...]

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It’s Monday 27th August 2012 and let’s reach for the stars!

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Hope that you have enjoyed a glorious weekend and are sitting comfortably at work, revelling in the fact that it is Monday and there is another week ahead of us all!  Anyway for this week I thought that we would [...]

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It’s Monday 20th August 2012 and paws and claws

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So after last week’s nostalgia, I thought we would get back down to the nitty gritty of game viewing for this week’s Its Monday! First off, the great fruiting season is still going strong and we are surrounded by elephants [...]

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It’s Monday 13th August 2012 and a large serving of nostalgia

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So we have obviously had a crazily busy few weeks not only with game but also with the new Tena Tena which I am delighted to announce has finally opened! The first guests are already in and we reckon the [...]

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It’s Monday 6th August 2012 and new faces at Mkulumadzi

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Hope you all had a fabulous weekend and are ready to face the week ahead. I thought it would be good this week to hear from the Mkulumadzi team, so it’s over to Emma: The season is in full swing [...]

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It’s Monday 30th July 2012 and Project Luangwa

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I was at a Project Luangwa meeting the other day, which is something new for me!  Fuelled by the enthusiasm of it all, I realized that it has been ages since we have had any type of news on the [...]

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It’s Monday 23rd July 2012 and lazy Luangwa days

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I hope that you’re well and sitting comfortably because for this week I am handing over to Simon Cousins… “Over the last six weeks I have been lucky enough to return to my home from home, the Luangwa Valley, no [...]

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