Category Archives: It’s Monday

Over a decade ago, we started a tradition, with our ‘It’s Monday’ newsletter which we send out on request to past and future guests, and travel professionals around the world. Over the years we’ve built up quite a collection, from funny stories from our staff, and guest feedback on holidays, to wonderful stories of wildlife spotting and tales of life in our corner of the world.

Its Monday and a trip to Stanley Safari Lodge

I hope that you are all splendidly well and have had a lovely weekend and those of you who are in Europe are surviving the heat! Ironically, we are in the depths of winter here, so we are doing our best to wrap up as warm as possible, especially on those early morning game drives. […]

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Its Monday and a Big 5 Bonanza at Mkulumadzi

I do hope that you are all well and have had a wonderful weekend; and sitting comfortably. This week we are hearing from Steph on what is happening at Mkulumadzi in Majete, Malawi. ” ‘Confucius say, ‘Roads were made for journeys…not destinations.’ The journey to Mkulumadzi was just about as rewarding as the actual destination! […]

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It’s Monday and a treat for all the senses at Kuthengo

I do hope that you are all fabulously well and have had another smashing weekend and are ready and raring for the week ahead. Here in Zambia well winter has arrived and whilst most guests are enjoying the pleasant temperatures the rest of us are wrapped up as if we were entering the arctic – […]

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It’s Monday and Nsefu memory lane with Jo Pope

I do hope that you are all well and sitting comfortably. Today we are hearing from Jo Pope, the original author of Its Mondays; who has leapt back into the driver’s seat for this week as we celebrate Nsefu Camp in its 20th Season.                       […]

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Its Monday and what a great start to the season

I hope that everyone is fabulously well and ready and raring to hear from Sarah and Milo in Zimbabwe; as John’s Camp has opened for the season, and well has done so in style. Sarah and Milo – over to you: “From a successful few weeks setting up camp to incredible sightings it’s been a […]

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Its Monday and we head to the Falls!

I do hope that you are all well and have had a splendid weekend. Well, news from the Luangwa Valley this week is going to be a little on the sparse side as we are heading to Livingstone. Johnathan at Stanley Safari Lodge is sharing with us what they have been up to; besides of […]

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It’s Monday and the lost supper

I do hope that you are all splendidly well and are ready for another killer week of sightings in the South Luangwa. This week we are hearing from Tom Hardy along with some photos from Margaret Croft who have recently stayed with us at Robins House and experienced some incredible sightings so Tom and Margaret […]

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Its Monday and a cracking week in the Luangwa!

I do hope that you are all splendidly well and have had a lovely weekend; now sitting comfortably ready and raring for the week ahead. In the Luangwa we are hurtling towards the beginning of the peak season and getting Nsefu and Tena open. Very excitingly, Rob and I are heading up there for our […]

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It’s Monday and Happy 1st Birthday Kuthengo

I do hope that you are all well and sitting comfortably, ready to grab the new week with the usual gust and excitement. Here in Zambia, well there is a definite chill in the air in the mornings which we are all really enjoying. The crisp air certainly marks the close of the rainy season. […]

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It’s Monday and a family affair at John’s Camp!

I hope that you are all splendidly well and have had a lovely weekend. This week we are heading across to Zimbabwe to hear from Sarah and Milo and the rest of the John’s Camp team. With the start of the new season literally around the corner, the team behind John’s Camp are at it […]

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Its Monday and time for some incredible photos

I do hope that you are all well; and have had a wonderful Easter Weekend, with plenty of family time and lots of chocolate. Here in the Luangwa, the Easter bunny came out in full force and hopped across most of our tables, dropping Easter eggs wherever he went. It was a race to gobble […]

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Its Monday and what was missing last week has appeared this week

I do hope that you are well and have had a fabulous weekend with lots of smiles and laughter; and are now sitting comfortably ready to read this week’s news from the Luangwa. So what have we been up to? All sorts of shenanigans to be honest with you, but let’s start with letting you […]

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Its Monday and news from Norway

I do hope that you are all well and have had a fabulous weekend, and geared up for the week ahead. Here in the Luangwa, we have had some extraordinarily high waters which has been pretty spectacular for boating. Enough of the Luangwa as let’s face it, I am sure you can all see by […]

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It’s Monday 11th February and we finally put a face to the call…

I do hope that you are all well, sitting comfortably and ready and raring for the week ahead. In the Luangwa it’s been a little bit soggy and the water is at its highest point so far, this season, which is absolutely magical. It’s also however a slight cause of concern and Daudi was sent […]

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It’s Monday 14th January and New Years greetings from Pumulani!

I do hope that you are all well and have had a fabulous weekend and sitting comfortably for this week’s news from us. Roz and the Pumulani team share a roundup of their year as they get ready for their annual shutdown. ‘Greetings all from the shores of Lake Malawi! The management, guests and staff […]

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It’s Monday 7th January and some HUGE wild dog news!

How are you and how has the first week of 2019 treated you? I hope it has been full of promise of the year ahead. Before I go into overly enthusiastic raptures over the New Year, let me pull myself back to the task in hand and update you all on news from the valley. […]

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It’s Monday 31st December and high waters and even higher spirits.

How are you? I hope you had the most wonderful Christmas with friends and family and that you are all preparing to say a fond farewell to 2018 and an excited hello to 2019! Christmas in the Valley is always full of excitement and a certain amount of flexibility. We have had some incredible rain […]

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It’s Monday 24th December and it’s almost Christmas time at Kuthengo…

Happy Christmas Eve – I hope that everyone has been well behaved and that Santa is absolutely on his way tonight! Here in the Luangwa it’s all systems go with getting the snacks cooked and the champagne chilled ready for our annual Christmas Carols. Then for tomorrow the turkeys are all lined up ready to […]

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It’s Monday 17th December and the green light

I do hope that you are well. Gosh – I don’t know how many years I have been writing It’s Monday but i assure you that it’s been quite a few and believe it or not today I totally forgot as we are all systems go and I am personally in major panic mode with […]

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It’s Monday 10th December and the giraffe.

I do hope that you have had a fabulous weekend with plenty of joviality. So what news from the Luangwa? Well, to be honest with you today’s It’s Monday is going to take a slightly different stance, as we are having a giraffe update. What picture comes into your mind when you think of Africa? […]

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It’s Monday 3rd December and a leap into December.

I do hope that you are all well and have had a fabulous weekend and welcomed December with the gusto and excitement that it deserves. The last month of the year! Where has the time gone? The season has also flown by and Nkwali, Robin’s House & Luangwa Safari House remain open, as Tena Tena, […]

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It’s Monday 26th November and the annual predator photographic trip.

I hope you are sitting comfortably and prepared to be wowed by loads of incredible stories and even more amazing photographs from David Rogers and a group of four photographers who braved the November heat for David’s annual Predator Photo Workshop. The words and pictures from this trip leave little doubt about just how wonderful […]

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It’s Monday 19th November and a safari through all the camps.

I do hope that you are fabulously well and sitting down when I tell you this… yet another season has zoomed past!!Tena Tena is now closed and we only have a couple of weeks before the same happens to Nsefu and Luangwa River Camp. I have to say I really honestly have no idea where […]

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It’s Monday 12 November and a safari through all the camps

I hope that everyone has had a fabulous weekend and is prepared for another action filled week ahead. Here in the Luangwa it seems to be non-stop incredible sightings with all sorts of lion kills as well as lions crossing the river in front of camp after spending the night roaring loudly, making sure everyone […]

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It’s Monday 5th November and a half term trip to the Luangwa for the Cousins Family.

I do hope that you are all well and sitting comfortably. For those of you who still have children at school and are looking at ways to spend half term – take a leaf out of the Cousins’ hand book! Simon and Shanie have just been back out to visit with the girls; as where […]

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It’s Monday 29 October and a treat for all the senses at Johns Camp.

I do hope that you are all extremely well and have had a lovely weekend. Here in the Luangwa well we have had a slight flurry of excitement with some early rain which certainly caught us all somewhat unaware but the skies have cleared up and the temperatures are rising once more and we have […]

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It’s Monday 22 October and David Rogers family’s maiden visit.

I do hope that you are all extremely well and have had a lovely weekend; and are gearing up to another fun and exciting week ahead. Here in the Luangwa, after years of visiting RPS and leading his photographic safaris with us, David Rogers finally came out on an actual holiday with his family. It […]

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It’s Monday 15th October and an exciting morning with some lions.

I do hope that you are well and sitting comfortably ready and raring for the week ahead. So what news from the Luangwa Valley? Well let me tell you, this week we are throwing out the usual tactics of getting stories from the camps and instead I am being terribly selfish and telling you all […]

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It’s Monday 8th October and lion vs wild dog!

I do hope that you are sitting comfortably after a lovely weekend and ready for the thrills of the week ahead. Let’s get you off to a good start and get you going with a rather exciting account from Mobiles (our Mobile Walking Safaris). Incidentally before I pass you over to Michael for this week’s […]

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It’s Monday 1st October and some familiar faces!

I do hope that you are all well and have had a wonderful weekend. Everything here has been going great guns, and scarily we are on the final countdown for the Mobile Walking Safaris this year; but you will hear from them soon don’t worry. The stories from the camps keep on piling in and […]

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It’s Monday 17th September and it’s busy!

So where to start? First with hello, and I hope that you are well and have had a fabulous weekend. Here in the Luangwa it’s been a feast for all interests, from birds to predators to all other mammals; and the game viewing hasn’t been restricted to just the game drives either. In the camps […]

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It’s Monday 30th July 2018 and a very special stay at Luangwa Safari House!

I do hope that you are all fabulously well and sitting comfortably ready to read about the latest memory that we have helped create, this time at Luangwa Safari House. Obviously every trip out is special but some of them become even more special when there is a little surprise in store. We had a […]

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It’s Monday 23rd July 2018 and time for the photos to do the talking

I do hope that you are well, sitting comfortably and have of course had a fabulous weekend. So what news from the Luangwa Valley? Well this week I am going to try not to talk too much and instead I am going to let some incredible photos of a leopard-kill do the talking. Last month […]

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It’s Monday 16th July 2018 and stars abound at Mkulumadzi!

I do hope that you are well and as always have had a fab weekend. So for this week I am keeping quiet and we are hearing from Dave and Tammy our management team down at Mkulumadzi on what has been happening in their neck of the woods. Dave and Tammy over to you: “The […]

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It’s Monday 9th July 2018 and the first Mobiles of the year!

I do hope that you are well and have had a truly wonderful weekend with all the fun and games that weekends are for. Here in the Luangwa, Mobiles has opened with a major bang and a roar with some incredible sightings and lots of fun, so for this week with great excitement I am […]

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It’s Monday 2nd July 2018 and a round up from Stanley

I do hope that you are well, sitting comfortably and have had a wonderful weekend. Everyone here in the valley is being kept very busy with lots of guests coming through, meaning lots of game drives out in the park and plenty of wonderful sightings. This week however we are going to hear from the […]

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It’s Monday 25th June 2018 and news from Pumulani!

I do hope that you are well and have had a fabulous weekend. This week we are heading over the border with a hop skip and a jump and will be hearing from Kaneli at Pumulani. Kaneli over to you: “This month we have been really busy with quite a lot of community work. Nine […]

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It’s Monday 18th June 2018 and a morning safari at Tena Tena

I do hope that you are fabulously well, have had a lovely weekend and are sitting comfortably ready for this week’s installment. Well I have it easy this week as Nancy McDaniel has been kind enough to share her recent holiday with you all so has taken the load from me, telling you all about […]

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It’s Monday 11th June 2018 and a crazy leopard

I do hope that you are well, sitting comfortably and have of course had an absolutely fabulous weekend. Here in the Luangwa, well winter has definitely arrived and it is mighty nippy in the mornings I can tell you that for free. The temperatures are getting down to the low teens in the mornings so […]

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It’s Monday 4th June 2018 and it’s all systems go!

I do hope that you are well, sitting comfortably and have of course had a fabulous weekend. Here in the Luangwa, well let me tell you there is no such thing as starting the season gently, we went full throttle RPS style and have been jam packed since we officially started our peak season. It […]

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It’s Monday 28th May 2018 and a fantastic trip to John’s Camp!

I do hope that you are well, sitting comfortably and have had a fabulous weekend. Well, the news in brief from the Valley is that Tena Tena and Nsefu are open, the camps are looking fab and the teams are in great spirits. However I am not here to talk about that, this week Ed […]

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It’s Monday 21st May 2018 and we’re kicking off the new season!

I wish I could tell you that here in the valley we had all kicked back and had a lovely relaxing weekend, but in fact the opposite is true. With Tena Tena opening on Tuesday and Nsefu opening on Wednesday I am sure you can only imagine how busy things have been. However I do […]

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It’s Monday 14th May 2018 and a new season in sight

I hope that you are all superbly well and have had a wonderful weekend. Here in the Luangwa well it has been time once again for our annual memorial rugby match for Johnny Ambrose. Once again we had an amazing show of support and alongside remembering this wonderful person we also raised a decent amount […]

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It’s Monday 7th May 2018 and Kuthengo camp is open!

I do hope that you are fabulously well and have had a wonderful weekend. Here in the Luangwa, I am going to keep a little quiet on news but I will tell you that we are slightly concerned as we have had a couple of light showers the last few nights but let’s hope that […]

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It’s Monday 30th April 2018 and it’s started.

I do hope that you are all well and sitting comfortably after a wonderful weekend ready to embark on the challenges and joys of the week ahead. Here in the Luangwa, well the cold is beginning to creep in which means the mornings are even more spectacular as the sun peaks over the horizon and […]

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It’s Monday 23rd April 2018 and cooking up a storm.

I do hope that you are splendidly well after a wonderful and refreshing weekend. Here in the Luangwa it is certainly all systems go as we start to gear up for the beginning of the main season. We have sent a team up to take a look at the state of the road to Nsefu […]

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It’s Monday 16th April 2018 and time for Marula fruits at Mkulumadzi.

I do hope that you are all well. Here it’s the beginning of yet another busy week of hoping that the rains stop; but in the same breath finding a way in which to get Bertram and a team of guys up to Tena to start the process of camp building as we have a […]

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It’s Monday 9th April 2018 and Aprils Fools.

I do hope that you are well and have got back into the swing of things after last week’s long weekend. Here in the Valley there was no joking around with the game viewing and the animals have continued to give us some fabulous entertainment. Whilst we have been a little quieter with guests this […]

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It’s Monday 2nd April 2018 and Happy Easter

I do hope that you are all well and have enjoyed a wonderful Easter Weekend. Here in the Luangwa, the Easter Kalulu (local name for a scrub hare!) came to visit and we have had a wonderful weekend. The camps and the houses have all been full and so everyone has most definitely been kept […]

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It’s Monday 19th March 2018 and a memorable safari

I do hope that you are all smashingly well and are coming into the week after a fab weekend. Here in the valley, well golly let me tell you we have had some rain – John (one of our guides) came back literally covered head to toe in mud the other day. Apparently it was […]

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It’s Monday 12th March 2018 and news from Liwonde

Hello there everyone, I do hope that you are all well and once again have had a fabulous weekend. Let’s hope that all goes well this week too. So what news? Well today we are hopping across the border to Malawi to have a little catch up on what is happening over there, not only […]

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It’s Monday 5th March 2018 and time to take some photos!

I do hope that you are all well and having a fabulous Monday so far and that those of you in the UK are wrapped up nice and warm. Rob, Jack and myself were just over there but flew out before the snow hit which we were sad to miss but pleased to be able […]

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