Its Monday and a trip down memory lane

I hope you are fabulously well and are sitting comfortably ready for this weeks’ installment from the bush. Today we are going to do things slightly different and take you back in time with an It’s Monday from June 2004 as we are feeling rather nostalgic for the ‘good old days’…

“Game viewing this week has been superb. One of our ex-guides who worked here in South Luangwa for many years, returned with a group of guests from the UK. They had a fantastic drive seeing several groups of elephant with numbers exceeding 10 to 15 and also a herd of buffalo, around 50 at Wafwa Lagoon.

The same group then set off on a birding morning the next day. Alex Paul who has stayed with us on several occasions had seen 133 birds in a day on one of his trips and so this was held up as the target. Birding highlights were spectacular lillian’s lovebirds, black collared barbets and various raptors. Over the 2 mornings total count ended up at 158 – so all were happy with the final tally! 2 grey headed gulls were spotted when the Nkwali team were dropping off guests at the Tena Tena boat crossing and a crowned eagle was seen in the GMA behind Nkwali Camp.

The following morning we had 3 large visitors in camp – big bull elephants. They ambled past my house and up to the chalets, lopping off branches as they went – fantastic to see them at such close quarters. Around 700 buffalo were also seen at Baka Baka Lagoon.

Simon Cousins has just returned from leading the first Mobile Walking Safari of the year and had a wonderful group of guests and by all accounts they had a lovely time. We have new tents this year as well as many other new bits and pieces which Shanie has been busy organizing and they really do look fab. Plenty of game was seen including – can you believe it – wild dog! Robin said that they were seen in that area quite a few years ago but you can imagine Simon had the guests virtually jogging through the bush to try and catch up with them. It was a brief glimpse but non-the-less very exciting.”

Well there you have it! A look back at what was going on 17 years ago in the Luangwa! Some of you will recognize Simon Cousins who is now a regular guest and contributor to our It’s Monday! 17 years ago he was a guide with us and worked here along with his wife Shanie. Nice to see that they have come full circle and now bring their children at least once a year to their old stomping grounds.

Our Its Mondays may have undergone a few changes over the years, from who writes them to inclusion of our weekly Safari Diaries (our version of virtual escapes into the wilderness). All in all though, as you can ‘see’ from the above piece, the essence of the newsletter has remained pretty much the same over the years, that is to keep you entertained and updated of what is transpiring in our part of the world.

We hope you enjoyed this trip down memory lane as much as we did and please feel free to share your own RPS memories.

Well, that is it from me this week. Have yourself a safe, healthy week ahead and don’t forget to look after each other.

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