It’s Monday 31st December 2007 and the Choir Sings

It’s Monday 31st December 2007 and the Choir Sings

Dash to the Bush
British Airways have a sale. And we want to celebrate this! So go on – book a “Dash to the Bush” – a week in the Emerald Season.   The river will be high, the boating superb, the birds will be breeding and the game will be in peak condition. And remember – this is our wild dog season.  It is a wonderful time of year.

Cost – US$2722 per person for 7 nights (no single supplement)

Includes – 6 nights Nkwali, 1 night Chaminuka, flights Lusaka/Mfuwe return.  Full board, all gameviewing including boating, park fees, bar, laundry.
Excludes – airport taxes.

British Airways offer – book by 22 Jan and you get a return London/Lusaka ticket for GBP509.
valid between 16 Jan – 19 Mar 08 and 14 Apr – 31 May 08

And of course this got me thinking……


Emerald Season Photographic Competition

After the amazing enthusiasm the photographic competition (see results) we will run one for those who come this Emerald Season.

Join us this coming January – May period (ending 21 May) and submit your photos.


  • only for photos taken when on safari with RPS during period 01 Jan – 21 May 2008.
  • max 20 photos, JPEG only, max 100 kbytes per photo (due to downloading capacity in the bush!).
  • photos should be named with a number and photographers name.
  • all entries to be in by 30 June.
  • RPS has access to unrestricted copyright of all photos entered.
  • send to

Winner to be announced on 14 July 2008

  • prize will be 5 nights for two at the new RPS property – Pumulani (terms and conditions apply).  Worth USD 4250.


Conor has recently arrived and will be helping me with Sales and Marketing. His first Christmas in Africa ….. over to you Conor.
Have a wonderful week and all the best for 2008!

Carol singersChoir

I hope the photos say it all….fun and song was had by all. This years’ Christmas Eve carols were at Kalawani Pans and not at the traditional venue – the Luangwa Bridge. There are simply too many people now (300+). The early morning did not look too promising with rain around and an anxious Jo was fretting. Miraculously it turned into a glorious warm african sunny afternoon. The incredible African choir (who gave me goose bumps with their harmony and enthusiasm), sang along with many the locals and guests, including young children, as we all joined in the merriment of singing and dancing, led by Jo bossing us all about.

Jo, being bossyEmily and Fiona

Our lawn table was packed with lovely canapés served up by our new executive chef – Marco. We discovered that Marco has a weakness for champagne but it turns out not a strong head for the bubbles! Most amusing. It was also amusing to see a herd of elephants amongst the winterthorn acacias, totally ignoring us, well within earshot of our carrying voices singing Hark the Herald Angel.

Young boy with candleYoung boy with candle

On Christmas day the staff had a lovely get together at Robin and Jo’s home. Early morning G & T’s followed by a spot of cricket, and a sumptuous British/Zambian lunch (on top of a traditional English breakfast – who says we don’t have it good in the bush?).

Rojo's HouseStaff

On the water front…the river has been rising daily over the last couple of weeks (ed -steady as she goes!) and the two ali boats are now in and fully operational. The guests have the easy access to the park that we enjoy…straight over from the camp. With the river higher we are planning full day trips up the Luangwa River as far as Tena Tena and Nsefu. I cannot wait to fully experience one of the highlights of the “emerald season” – boating. Being a full blooded Irishman I love this use of the term emerald.

CrocodileWild dogs

Christmas in camp was busy and the game, as usual, gave everyone wonderful sightings. This included a pack of eight wild dog – just behind camp. Ali and Colin Street had been watching a croc battle with some very yukky hippo skin but decided to cut the drive short due to threatening clouds and as they landed at camp, they were whisked into a vehicle to see the dogs. The dogs trotted down the road for a while and then started to chase a bushbuck. Pure luck that they had come home early.


Cath, who has been looking after the Luangwa House, had the responsibility of the Christmas trees. It seemed that it wasn’t just the guests that admired them. The baboons scaled it for the oranges being used as decoration…yes, it came tumbling down…..very funny indeed!

On behalf of Robin, Jo and all of the staff at Robin Pope Safaris we wish you a belated Happy Christmas and may all of your dreams come true in 2008.

Have a truly great first week of the New Year

Cheerio and Tatty Bye

River view

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