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.

It’s Monday and Mkulumadzi turns 10!

I do hope that you are all fantastically well and have had a lovely weekend and are now sitting comfortably ready and raring for the week ahead. Here in the Luangwa, well it’s been non-stop with wild dogs literally scooting around all over the place and camp surrounded by elephants but this week instead of […]

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Its Monday and return to the wild

Well, hello there! I hope that you are well and having a lovely start to the week.  Here in the Luangwa, we are full of enthusiasm as we see a few international guests starting to come through and hope that more and more will follow.  Those that have been staying with us have been treated […]

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It’s Monday and back to the Majete wilderness

Hello there everyone, here we are again another Monday and another packed Its Monday for you all so I hope that you have had a wonderful weekend and are sitting comfortably ready for this week’s update which is coming to you from Steph from our marketing team who has been down at Mkulumadzi covering for […]

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Its Monday and wildlife sightings galore

Well, hello there! I hope that you are fabulously well after another wonderful weekend and are ready and raring for the week ahead. Here in the Luangwa, before we launch ourselves into the updates from the animals, let me share some wonderful community work news with you. As you are, I am sure, far too […]

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Its Monday and some monkeying about in the Luangwa

Well, hello there! I hope you are smashingly well after a lovely relaxing weekend and are ready and raring for the week ahead. Here in the Luangwa winter has gripped us hard this year and we are all wrapped up nice and warm in the mornings. It has to be said those first couple of hours of the […]

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Its Monday and a safari from across the borders

Well, hello there! I hope that you are well and have had a wonderful weekend. Here in the Luangwa, we have been seeing the wild dogs behind Nkwali Camp really quite regularly, which is a fabulous treat and the number of elephants and giraffes has been incredible.  Also, our lone eland is still rather shy but is becoming […]

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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 […]

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Its Monday and what an eventful weekend

Well, hello there. I hope you are fabulously well and have had a lovely weekend with all sorts of frivolities. Here in the Luangwa winter is truly here, thick jumpers are being worn and everyone is huddling (in a respectfully socially distanced manner of course!) around the campfire. In some big news, we have had […]

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Its Monday and safari dreaming

Well, hello there! I hope that you are well and have had a lovely weekend and that you are all set for an exciting week ahead.  Here in the Luangwa, we are fully in winter mode (not that it gets as cold as where most of you are) so have on our warm clothing and […]

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Its Monday and consciously competent learning

Well, hello there! I hope that you are well and have had a lovely weekend with varying degrees of extended freedom that is now being experienced by most and that you are all set for a thrilling week ahead. Here in the Luangwa, we are about to welcome our first international guests since August last […]

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Its Monday and the leaping leopard

Hello there! I hope that you are fabulously well after another glorious weekend. Here in the Luangwa the last few nights we have been surrounded by the gentle calls of lions throughout the night which has been lovely. However, this week you are not going to be hearing from me, you are hearing from Will […]

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Its Monday and a strange weekend

Well, hello there. I hope that you are brilliantly well and have had a lovely weekend – here in the Luangwa we had a few days of rain! It slightly threw us as we were not expecting it but have thoroughly enjoyed it all the same. The skies have been crystal clear once more and […]

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Its Monday and an action packed safari

Hello there. I hope you are well and have had a lovely weekend.  Here in the Luangwa, we are getting used to the slightly nippy mornings, and guests are getting good use of the blankets on the game-viewers.  But before I digress into chatting about the weather, I am going to stop myself as we […]

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Its Monday and a rising star within the safari guiding ranks

Well, hello there! I hope that you are fabulously well and cracking on with the week ahead. Here in the Luangwa the seasons are definitely changing as jumpers have been dusted off and are now being worn in the mornings; and the best thing of all (in my opinion) is the decline in the humidity […]

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Its Monday and a highlight cheetah sighting

Hello there! I hope that you are well and sitting comfortably ready for this weeks’ update from our neck of the woods. Before we hear what news there is, I am delighted to share that the Leopard Legacy documentary is going to be showing in the US on the 14th of April on PBS Nature. […]

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Its Monday and a happy Easter with lions

Well, hello there. I hope you are well and have had a lovely Easter weekend and that the Easter bunny hopped on over with all the various chocolaty goodies possible. Here in the Luangwa, well despite the warmer climate not being particularly friendly towards chocolate, we still managed to ensure that there was plenty around. […]

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Its Monday and safari adventures with Robin and Jo

Well, hello there! I hope that you are well and sitting comfortably for this week’s update from Robin and Jo Pope. No need for me to keep you any longer, let me get straight to it and pass you over: “Just before Christmas, Robin and I, with our negative Covid certificates in hand, packed up […]

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Its Monday and a beautiful morning in Luangwa

Well, hello there! I hope that you are well and have had a lovely weekend. Here in the Luangwa, we have just had a rather frantic week of watching the water levels… ‘is it up or down?’, ‘how quickly is it going up’? Oh no, is it going to rain? Phew! the storm is in […]

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Its Monday and what may be a typical day at Pumulani

Well, hello there! I trust you have had a lovely and restful weekend and now gearing up for the week ahead. Here in the Luangwa, we are enjoying incredibly high water levels in the Luangwa and some delightful sightings – ranging from stunning vegetation, diverse bird species to the bigger game. Let me not keep you […]

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Its Monday and the shared meal…

Well, hello there. I hope that you are marvellously well and are sitting ready and raring for the new week ahead. Here in the Luangwa, let me tell you, we are a little bit on the soggy side. Still with 200mm of rainfall to catch up on, the heavens have opened and are playing a […]

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Its Monday and safari insights from Mkulumadzi

I do hope that you are sitting soundly and healthily at home and ready for another wonderful week ahead. To start you off on the right track, we are going to whisk you away on safari to Mkulumadzi. Conrad its over to you: “Last Thursday I dusted off my guiding boots (they never stay clean […]

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Its Monday and a weekend safari with Kiki

Well, hello there! I hope that you are fabulously well and are relaxing into the new week. Here in the Luangwa, I could tell you about the glorious sight of the river running high, the clear skies with magnificent cumulonimbus clouds with the blue/black undersides and the golden light shining on the distant Chindeni Hills. […]

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Its Monday and lets get cooking with Chef Simon

Well, hello there how are you doing? I hope it has been a lovely weekend and you are sitting comfortably, ready, and raring for the week ahead. Here in the Valley the skies are blue the bush is vibrant green; it doesn’t really get much better! But we are not going to be outside today, […]

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Its Monday and the guides on conservation patrol

Hello there! I hope you are well and have had a wonderful weekend. Here in the Luangwa, we carry on much the same as usual with a few guests coming and going but nothing compared to what we are used to. As is well talked about worldwide, one of the great concerns of the pandemic […]

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Its Monday and the new Leopard Legacy film

Well, hello there! I do hope you have had a fabulous weekend and are sitting comfortably ready for this week’s news, courtesy of Will and Lianne Steenkamp.  Will and Lianne have been working in partnership with Robin Pope Safaris up in the Nsefu sector for a few years now, producing the Safari Diaries that you […]

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Its Monday and a sneak peek behind the scenes

Hello there, I hope that you are well and ready and raring for the week ahead. Here in the Luangwa, we seem to spend our days and nights surrounded by the wonderful rumble of thunder at varying distances which is quite lovely, I must be honest with you. Anyhow, it is not me you will […]

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Its Monday and emerald season highlights

Well, hello there. I hope you are well and sitting comfortably after a lovely weekend and are ready and raring for the week ahead. Here in the Luangwa, let me tell you, the rains have now properly arrived, and we are getting some good regular storms and with that some incredibly dramatic skies. There really […]

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Its Monday and festive sightings from the Luangwa

Well, hello there, I hope that you are all well and that the new year has started on a good foot for you. Here in the Valley, the rains have finally arrived in full force and we have had some spectacular storms drenching the roads and raising the river levels. The guides have been slipping […]

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Its Monday and a Luangwa Christmas Round Up

Firstly, despite the title of this week, lets start with Happy New Year! Trust it will be a great year for you. We are looking forward to it and that we may enjoy hosting international travellers, as we have had such a fab few weeks of sightings, it’s just an enormous shame not to be […]

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Its Monday and alone time at Luangwa Safari House

Well, hello there! I hope you are fabulously well after the weekend and ready and raring for the week ahead. Its December and we are fully into the Christmas spirit here, with decorations being dusted off and Jack’s “Elf on the Shelf” being carted around everywhere to ensure good behaviour! However, besides from all that, […]

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Its Monday and a long-awaited return to the Luangwa

Well hello there! I hope you are well and are sitting comfortably ready for this week’s wonderful bush tale from Simon Cousins. As soon as the Malawi/Zambia border was declared open, their bags were packed, and they came to visit. And in true Cousins’ fashion, had some incredible sightings that they have very kindly shared […]

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Its Monday and full bellies in the Luangwa

Well hello there! I hope you are fabulously well and sitting tight, ready for this weeks’ update. Markus Wagner from the Abendsonne Afrika group has sent us another fabulous update of their time here, so once more Markus over to you: “Over our time in the South Luangwa our sightings were plentiful but one afternoon […]

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Its Monday and an almost perfect sundowner

Well hello there! I hope you are well and have had a lovely weekend and now sitting comfortably looking forward to the week ahead, wherever you are in the world. We have been busy here in the Luangwa recently, which is brilliant and means that I am inundated with stories to share with you. Before […]

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It’s Monday and the doors are open again

Hello there! I hope you are well and have had a lovely weekend and are sitting tight, ready to hear the news – the doors are open…After 6 months of ghostly silence, all of a sudden we have gone from stop to running at one hundred miles an hour. Robin’s House, Luangwa Safari House and […]

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Its Monday and what’s hot in Liwonde…

Hello there! I hope that you are well and sitting comfortably wherever it is in the world that you are reading this from and are ready to be wowed by news from Kuthengo Camp, in Malawi. Marius and Licia, over to you… “It’s Monday and it’s not just the heat that’s hot, but the animals […]

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It’s Monday and Luangwa Safari House is the place to be

Hello there! I hope you are splendidly well. Here in the Luangwa we are galloping through October and the heat is already rising and the river is emptying out quickly! But this is not stopping the animals. We have had some incredible sightings between Luangwa Safari House and Nkwali, so I hope that you are […]

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Its Monday and a tale of masks and safari in Malawi

Hello there, hope you are well and have had an awesome weekend. Here in the Luangwa, it is warming up and the game has continued to offer us some amazing treats. Will save the details though for another week as I do not want to distract you from this week’s news. Conrad, who heads up […]

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Its Monday and great wildlife sightings in the Luangwa

Hello there, I hope that you are fabulously well and have had a lovely weekend. Here in the Luangwa, well it has been anything but quiet around camp as we have literally been surrounded by lions and let me tell you the noise that they have been making has been quite impressive. In fact we […]

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Its Monday and shared experiences at Kuthengo Camp

Well, hello again. Here we are, another beautiful Monday and another wonderful snippet from the African bush. This week we hear from Licia from Kuthengo Camp, Liwonde National Park in Malawi. So, after what I hope was a wonderful weekend, I trust you are now sitting comfortably and ready to enjoy this weeks edition of […]

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Its Monday and a safari down memory lane

Hello there, I hope you are well and have had a lovely weekend. Here in the Luangwa, besides feeling like we are surrounded by lions; we are plodding along gently getting a few bits and pieces done and waiting for life to grab onto a small amount of normalcy. In the meantime, we have received […]

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Its Monday and carnivores and a sleepout

I hope you are well, sitting comfortably after having a wonderful weekend.  Well, here in the Luangwa as I am sure you are aware, it is a little quiet on the guest front. However, let me tell you, the animals are not in the least bit affected and as winter draws to a close and […]

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Its Monday and Walk Luangwa with Robin

Robin Pope

Hello there! I hope you are well and have had a lovely weekend. Here in the Luangwa its been a few weeks full of excitement. The Walk Luangwa team have completed their 17 day walk through the North and South Luangwa National Parks. Robin joined for a portion of the walk and has been kind […]

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Its Monday and 30 years of RPS Mobile Walking Safaris

Jason Alfonsi

Hello there, I hope you are well and cracking on with the lockdown routine that I think most of us are practicing. Here in the Luangwa, well its eerily quiet around camp and we cannot wait to be back up and running; with the great news that Zambia borders are now open for international travel […]

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Its Monday and RPS Mobile Walking Safaris turns 30

Jason Alfonsi

Hello there! I hope you are well and that cabin fever hasn’t completely set in. Today we are hearing from Jason, as we celebrate 30 years of our Mobile Walking Safaris this year. When I asked Jason to write something about the last 30 years, there was a definite silence – I mean how do […]

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Its Monday and a Golden Anniversary with RPS

Leopard South Luangwa

Hello there! I hope you are well and getting used to the slight snippet of freedom that seems to be creeping into our lives. Here the Valley remains the same slice of paradise as ever; however, we are in the firm grips of winter so jumpers, trousers and occasional hats are being dusted off. We […]

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Its Monday and a Tena Tena trip back in time

I hope you are fabulously well and are sitting comfortably ready for this weeks’ installment from the bush. Before I begin, I really need to say a huge thank you to everyone who is sending in material for our weekly newsletters, giving us loads more to share – so a big thank you to everyone […]

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Its Monday and Kuthengo Camp staff on safari

I hope you are fabulously well after the weekend and adapting to the new style of life. Here in the Luangwa life pretty much plods along at a rather gentle pace but we are keeping ourselves busy all the same; trying out new recipes for when we do open our doors or scooting up to […]

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Its Monday and adventure in Malawi & Zambia

I hope you are well and sitting comfortably ready and waiting for this weeks’ instalment. We have had another wonderful entry via our Safari Dreaming Campaign, an account of a trip from Eyal Schiff & Smadar Shiff-Carmi who visited some of our Malawi & Zambia properties in 2014. We are really enjoying the trip down […]

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It’s Monday and safari dreaming from down under…

Well hello there, I hope that you are all well and hopefully enjoying a slightly freer pace of life. Anyway, news from the Luangwa? Well we have been inundated with people sending stories recent and old as part of our Safari Dreaming campaign which was an initiative to share safari stories on our social media […]

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It’s Monday and a dazzling safari

I do hope that you are all well and cracking on with the routine of self-isolation. Here in the Luangwa well the baboons and Humphrey the hippo have pretty much taken over camp and we are a mere imposition. Anyways this week we are going to hear from Mike and Nancy who head up an […]

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It’s Monday and a collection of Sunday safaris.

I hope you are keeping happy and healthy! Here in the Luangwa, well it’s much the same as ever: the birds are singing, the baboons are barking and the hippos are grunting. The only thing missing is the gentle hum of the goings on of the camp… here’s hoping we can get back to normal […]

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Its Monday 6th April and an Nkwali Safari

I hope you are coping well with life in isolation and that hopefully this newsletter will add a little light and change to the day. Here in the Luangwa we have a wonderful round up from Robert and Marijke Van Oordt, who were our very last guests at Nkwali Camp before we had to sadly […]

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