2005 Archive

It’s Monday 21st March 2005 and the dogs are back

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You can probably guess by the title of this weeks It’s Monday that it is I, Simon, the man with the wild dog obsession, writing this week!! We had not seen the wild dogs for quite a while but one [...]

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It’s Monday 4th April 2005 and the Reptiles step forward

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Kim is in South Africa on leave and I am flying, with Robin, to Lake Malawi tomorrow for a five day break. So there will be no one here on Monday who knows how to set up our now-not-so-simple newsletter. [...]

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It’s Monday 1st August 2005 and the Mini Marathon

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Firstly I would like to point out that Shanie is not normally caught on camera with her mouth full of lunch but this wonderful photo sent in by Tony and Anne Timberlake was too good not to share. They took [...]

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It’s Monday 8th August 2005 and the Kiss of Death

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PUBLIC HEALTH WARNING – The following article contains material which readers with a weak stomach may find upsetting!! But hey that is what nature is all about so if you do not mind a bit of blood and gore, read [...]

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It’s Monday 15th August 2005 and Typhoon El Roy blows through

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It’s Linda Stevens here, giving Kim a break from It’s Monday by doing my own. After two wild weeks haring around Namibia with a trio of friends, my spouse David and I – still with friends – pitched up on [...]

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It’s Monday 22nd August 2005 and Shanie’s Turn

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Having not put finger to keyboard for sometime, I found myself with the pleasure of writing It’s Monday this week. With the arrival of regular guests, Paul Deniger and Frank and Barbara Jones came the request that I join them [...]

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It’s Monday 29th August 2005 and the poles arrive

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The Safari Houses of Zambia Luangwa Safari House (now opens 01 December 05) and Chongwe River House (opens 01 April 06) Luangwa Safari House – special introductory offer. 50% special rate Valid for any guest who has stayed with RPS [...]

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It’s Monday 5th September 2005 and the Smelly Hippo

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Well it has been as rather smelly week at Nkwali. In the middle of last week we noticed that a hippo had died and was now beached on one of the sand banks in front of Robin’s House with a [...]

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It’s Monday 12th September 2005 and the Flying Baboon

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Ross had some amazing luck last week, which goes to show that some of the best gameviewing can actually be from the Tena Tena bar!  Charles Jere, one of the bedroom attendants was busy washing glasses after lunch, when he [...]

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It’s Monday 19th September 2005 and the Short Trunk

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Well it has been a strange week. Jo was away in Lusaka, Simon and Shanie in Lilongwe, Kerri in Lusaka and Ross was also “on off” as they say here. So none of my usual photographers were around! However, Christina [...]

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It’s Monday 26th September 2005 and the Aardvarks

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Well things are really hotting up here in the bush – not only from a temperature point of view but also from a game viewing point of view. Yonna, one of our guides at Nkwali, had an amazing week this [...]

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It’s Monday 3rd October 2005 and the Wild Dog Surprise

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As if to welcome the fact that the researchers for African Wild Dog Conservation are shortly arriving at Nkwali, where they will be based for the next few years, 24 wild dog appeared last week! Kellie Leigh and Emma Stone [...]

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It’s Monday 10th October 2005 and the New Shots

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I went for a drive in the park in my new car this weekend. It really was wonderful to be mobile again. Beautiful zebra and giraffe in particular were the highlights of my quick spin. However, I did not have [...]

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It’s Monday 17th October 2005 and the end is nigh

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I can not believe that we only have two weeks left until Tena Tena and Nsefu close. Once again the season has whizzed by and so I am off to Tena Tena next week for my last fix of this [...]

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It’s Monday 24th October 2005 and the thatch is on

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  Well we have finally reached the thatching stage of the Luangwa house project and not a moment too soon. The rains are just around the corner and the pressure is on to get the thatch finished before the big [...]

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It’s Monday 25th July 2005 and the Tena Tena Leopards

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In October 2001 I saw my first Tena Tena leopard. It was day time, and it was sitting in classic leopard pose up a sausage tree.   Meet “0-0” (Zero Zero – ie not spot marking above the whisker line [...]

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It’s Monday 18th July 2005 and Bean on Safari

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Well I seriously landed with my bum in the butter this week!  Jo had organised a photographer to join a “agents” mobile for three days and take photos for our new brochure and yours truly was asked to be a [...]

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It’s Monday 11th July 2005 and RPS through Rob’s eyes

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Jo here – firstly I need to explain about the photos – Simon has just driven out, leading the next mobile, and clearly spent yesterday clearing off his photos from his computer!  I cannot find the planned staff pics.  So [...]

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It’s Monday 11th April 2005 and the Romantic Popes

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Well we are back and what a wonderful break it was. So much so I am going to share it with you. We flew to Likoma Island on the eastern side of the lake and very near Mozambique. After landing [...]

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It’s Monday 18th April 2005 and Kawaza News

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A number of you have asked how the building project at Kawaza School is going. Due to the rains I have not been up there for a few months but recently went up on a site inspection (sadly void of [...]

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It’s Monday 25th April 2005 and the Weather Is On Our Side

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This week has seen a major surge forward in the re-building and preparation of both Tena Tena and Nsefu. This is largely due to the very dry conditions we have had over the last month and a half. No complaints [...]

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It’s Monday 2nd May 2005 and Jo can spill the beans

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Today is a very exciting day for us. We can announce our new project at last. Hurrah. Since last June we have been planning this – The Safari Houses of Zambia. How did this start. Well Robin’s House has been [...]

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It’s Monday 9th May 2005 and Three is not a Crowd

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I am writing this over the weekend this week as I am not going to be in the office on Monday morning as it is the annual safari guides exam and I am going to out there examining. We have [...]

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It’s Monday 16th May 2005 and the battle of the giants

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Kim here, having returned from Durban and the Indaba travel show. It is so good to be home and back in the peace and tranquility of the Valley.  However, a recent gamedrive was anything but tranquil and I have asked [...]

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It’s Monday 23rd May 2005 and the Clan Returns

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I am officially “on off” for the week as it is the “Wedding Week”. Jess and Ade, the managers of Flatdogs, are getting married in the bush on Wednesday. Jess has been in the Valley for years, and in fact [...]

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It’s Monday 30th May 2005 and the camps are open

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Well what a fantastic week we have had.  Tena Tena and Nsefu both opened on Tuesday and are having a superb start to the season. Ross continues to manage Tena Tena along with Rocky and Sebastian guiding – Sebastian passed [...]

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It’s Monday 6th June 2005 and the Ross Report

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Ross writes from Tena Tena : We had a lovely evening a few days ago with the Loebels on their first trip to Africa. We were driving around working our way to North coast Baka where Anna had laid on [...]

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It’s Monday 13th June 2005 and the birds are busy

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Well it has been a busy birding period for us here at Robin Pope Safaris. We have had some fantastic sightings at the yellow billed stork colony and we have also had two groups of people return from successful trips [...]

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It’s Monday 20th June 2005 and Jo’s Dream takes shape

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With Simon leading the first walking mobile of the year and Kim staying at a bush camp for a couple of nights, you have me this week. It is in fact Sunday as I am flying to Lusaka this afternoon [...]

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It’s Monday 27th June 2005 and the Photographer

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Gosh I really don’t know where to start this week. Gameviewing has been superb and one of the more unusual sightings came from Paul at Nkwali who writes – “I was doing a transfer to the Tena Tena river crossing [...]

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It’s Monday 4th July 2005 and the Happy Pig

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I can not believe how quickly each Monday comes around. It is July already and winter has finally arrived. Hot water bottles have been sent to the camps to keep everyone cosy at night. The river is lower than normal [...]

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It’s Monday 31st October 2005 and the Nsefu News

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This week’s newsletter comes from Kerri at Nsefu. She has taken some wonderful shots to go along with her story. While on the morning drive returning from an amazing trip to the Salt Pan where we saw a herd of [...]

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It’s Monday 7th November 2005 and Mango Mania

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We are experiencing mango mania at the moment. Yes everyone is now almost sick of eating mangos – they come in many forms, smoothies for breakfast, raw for lunch and mousse for dinner! However, whilst we humans may have a [...]

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It’s Monday 14th November 2005 and the rains have arrived

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The rains have arrived!! We have had some fantastic big rainstorms over the last week, which have had an amazing affect on our surroundings with the dramatic build-up of the large black clouds, the fresh green covering of grass on [...]

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It’s Monday 21st November 2005 and the mangrove kingfisher

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Jo has been in London this week for the World Travel Market. Part of the proceedings involved the presentation of awards for Responsible Tourism.  We are delighted to say that the winner of the award for Outstanding Personal Contribution to responsible tourism worldwide was [...]

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It’s Monday 28th November 2005 and the Annual Reminder

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Today is Sunday. Simon has left for his new life in Lilongwe (we miss you Simon!). Kim is with her mother in some historical European city. And we have realized that I am the only one here that knows how [...]

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It’s Monday 5th December 2005 and David is chuffed !

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Well you have me again – Kim returns from her leave on Thursday, just as Robin and I fly to the UK for a week. Seems soon to be going back but we have been invited to a very special [...]

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It’s Monday 12th December 2005 and the Angola Pitta

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With Jo in England and Kim in Lilongwe, I am your scribe for this week. It’s been an exciting week both on the gameviewing side for our guests and back of house. There have been lots of exciting sightings in [...]

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It’s Monday 19th December 2005 and another aardvark

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Yes I am back from my extended travels – part work and part holidays and I managed to fit in 5 different countries before arriving back in Mfuwe on Wednesday! The It’s Mondays lately have been wonderful and have kept [...]

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It’s Monday 26th December 2005 and a Happy Christmas

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I hope that you all had a lovely day yesterday. We started Christmas with Carols on the Luangwa Bridge – always wonderful and this year we had fun with lots of singing and dancing from our Zambian choir and guests [...]

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It’s Monday 28th March 2005 and the Easter Picnic

It’s Monday 28th March 2005 and the Easter Picnic Well it has been a busy Easter weekend for us in the Luangwa Valley. Nkwali has been full and Keyala and his team have been organizing all sorts of activities and [...]

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It’s Monday 3rd January 2005 the Office Queen goes bush

It’s Monday 3rd January 2005 the Office Queen goes bush It has been another wonderful week here in the Luangwa. The rain abated and the sun is out. Simply glorious. The birding has been exceptional as it should be now. [...]

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It’s Monday10th January 2005 andthe River is full

It’s Monday10th January 2005 andthe River is full Thursday saw the last of our guests leaving for this season. As Nkwali Camp closes the “back of house” staff emerge from nine months of eating in the “cage”. We now enjoy [...]

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It’s Monday17th January 2005 andthe Flying Baboons

It’s Monday17th January 2005 andthe Flying Baboons I am writing this on Saturday for reasons that will come clear. But first the week. Jane Dennyson came to spend a couple of nights with us. Many of you will remember Jane [...]

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It’s Monday 24th Jan 2005 and the ants live!

It’s Monday 24th Jan 2005 and the ants live! The first few days of the week continued in “flood mode”. For light relief we decided to do something new and boat from the bar to “RoJo” – our house only [...]

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It’s Monday31st Jan 2005 and the Lion Detector

It’s Monday31st Jan 2005 and the Lion Detector I have been away all week in Lusaka – stuck in the board room of Airwaves Airlink, thrashing out the future plans. Airlines, it turns out, are extremely complex companies to run. [...]

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It’s Monday 7th Feb 2005 and the Lioness Lives

It’s Monday 7th Feb 2005 and the Lioness Lives Kim here this week. I seem to have been ducking in and out rather a lot over recent months. Trade shows in November and December took me away for around a [...]

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It’s Monday 14 Feb 2005 and the Lioness Dies

It’s Monday 14 Feb 2005 and the Lioness Dies Rain at last….after 18 days with not a drop of rain, last night we had quite a down pour – although not much in mls, it all seemed to come at [...]

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It’s Monday 21st Feb 2005 and the Weather

It’s Monday 21st Feb 2005 and the Weather Wow – when the heavens opened on Saturday night the rain really hit us. I guess it is always like this but after such a long dry spell it is impressive. The [...]

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It’s Monday28 Feb 2005 and the Builders

It’s Monday28 Feb 2005 and the Builders This week has been one of those typical rainy season weeks – none of us have left camp to get into the bush. Therefore I thought I would give you an update of [...]

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It’s Monday 7th March 2005 the Girls are back in Town

It’s Monday 7th March 2005 the Girls are back in Town Well I did promise to get out into the park this week but failed miserably. However, Debs and Kerri have arrived back from their month away in Lusaka and [...]

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It’s Monday 14th March 2005 and the Party

It’s Monday 14th March 2005 and the Party Well what a week we have had – Shanie has been feeding an average of 80 for lunch each day with casual workers and camp staff swarming around getting everything ready for [...]

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