It’s Monday 26th January 2009 and guide training

After the  Summers’ fantastic visit the camp was quiet for a few days. We took advantage of the situation and brought all the guides together for a good old chin wag. During the season they are very busy with guests and then usually take a break to spend with their families. It is very rare for the guides to get out into the bush together and have in depth discussions about all sorts of topics – with lots of reciprocal learning!

Guide training at Nkwali barGuides on game drive in South Luangwa

While they were out and about they were very much ‘in the mind’ of our guests – how to make guests’ stay a holiday of a lifetime. You spend a lot of time with your guide so it’s highly important that they know how to look after you. The main topics that were covered were how to get into position to take the best photograph, general knowledge, world topics and sensitive issues (lions, hunting, culling), western dinner etiquette and how to pour drinks, first aid and marketing. As you can imagine there was a lot of hilarity throughout with the big laughers taking the lead.

Daudi trying to get the perfect shotDaudi's perfect shot of tree and moon

If you are a keen photographer – the position you are in is key, and a few of our resident expert photographers were on hand to explain about backlighting, composition as well as how to take great group shots of their guests. Daudi and Jacob had lots of fun with this one.

Jacob lining up the perfect shotKangachepe and Deb

Many of you will know that our guides are multi-talented and will be the barmen on return to camp, so knowing how to pour a perfect G&T is also important. Everyone had lots of fun with this exercise! (The question is where they pouring real gin, or had it been replaced with water?). All in all the guides’ training was a resounding success.

Now we have guests back in camp and we sent four of them off to Nsefu yesterday for the very first River Journeys. We’ve had good reports of the journey so far but will wait until next week to dish the secrets when we have some photos to highlight the experience.

The guides learning about bar-tenderingBaboons

As a trial run, Robin Pope Safaris has joined Facebook! We have received several requests of potential guests wanting to connect with our previous visitors. We thought Facebook would be an ideal forum for this and have created a group called ‘Robin Pope Safaris’. It is a closed group so you have to request permission to become a member (just while we are trying it out!). Please feel free to upload your photos, videos and chat with other guests. We’ll keep an eye on it to see how it progresses and if it is a tool that you like to use. To join: in Facebook search for Robin Pope Safaris and we’ll be the top group mentioned.

Giraffe and sunsetTaking photos of giraffe

Also back by popular demand is our Photographic Competition (see last year’s winners). From now on this is going to be annual event – here are the conditions:

2009 Photo Competition

Be rewarded for your fantastic shots

Any photos taken while on safari with Robin Pope Safaris in South Luangwa, Liuwa Plain or Pumulani in 2009 are eligible for the photographic competition.

Prize – extend your next safari – your choice!

  • stay for 2 nights at any RPS camp and receive 1 free night,
  • stay for 5 nights at any RPS camp and receive 2 free nights
  • stay for 7 plus nights at any RPS camp and receive 3 free night

Extra nights provided based on availability and will be the camp of our choice.
Free nights be to taken in 2010 and cannot be passed on to a third party.


  • only for photos taken when on safari with RPS during 01 January 2009 to 01 December 2009
  • max 50 photos JPEG only, max 100 kb per photo (due to downloading capacity in the bush!) – automatic disqualification if photos are too big
  • deadline 01 December 2009
  • RPS has access to unrestricted copyright of all photos entered
  • send photos to
  • winner to be announced on 28 December 2009

Giraffes - Tom SavageWinner - Mike Whatmore

Hope you all have an excellent week.



Lion eyes

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