Category Archives: 2001

It’s December 2001 and …

  It’s Monday 3rd and waiting for rain Even though this is only my second rain season as resident in the Valley I get the feeling that things are running behind schedule! Perhaps it is just a normal aberration. Whatever…since I last wrote we have not had a single drop of rain in the area […]

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It’s November 2001 and …

It’s Monday 5th and the bush wedding “Pulling down the camps” is a common phrase being muttered by all at the moment! The last guests for the season at Nsefu and Tena Tena departed for the airport on Saturday afternoon and ever since then camp staff have been busy sending perishable foods to Nkwali, packing […]

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It’s January 2001 and …

It’s January 2001 and … It’s Monday (well Tuesday 2nd) and Happy New Year! Happy New Year from us all at Robin Pope Safaris! We are slowly recovering from all the festivities over Christmas and New Year period which have left us all exhausted. Traditionally, all the camps in the valley meet on Christmas Eve […]

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It’s February 2001 and …

It’s February 2001 and … It’s Monday 5th and it’s Spitting Cobras! At this time of year you always see more snakes than usual – it is during the heavy rains that the young are born and leave the nest. Whilst reading his book on his veranda last week one lunchtime, Jeffrey saw a big black […]

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It’s March 2001 and …

It’s Monday 5th and the End of an Era Basil – at Christmas 2000 This week marked the end of Basil’s time in the valley. After 18 years in the Luangwa Valley, Basil has left us to marry Beats (former mobile caterer) and begin a new life in Australia. Basil has been with Robin and […]

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It’s April 2001 and …

It’s Monday 2nd and it’s not snowing Another week and camp opening is just around the corner. Basil and Trish are getting married on 4 April in Perth – many of you will have shared a sundowner with Baz at the Nkwali bar over the years. On Saturday sundowner around the bar we had a […]

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It’s May 2001 and …

It’s Monday 7th and Luwi Lions Yesterday was a fine tribute to Johnny Ambrose. Over 60 people from around the Valley converged on the Croc Farm touch rugby pitch on a very HOT and sunny afternoon for the first Johnny Ambrose Cup. Johnny’s life almost revolved around touch rugby! There are many touch-rugby enthusiasts here […]

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It’s June 2001 and …

It’s Monday 4th and the Celebration The Celebration of South Luangwa was in the last week of May. We have been planning the Celebration for a year and suddenly there we were – it had arrived. What a week. David Shepherd was delighted to be back in the Valley after so many years. He used […]

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It’s July 2001 and …

It’s Monday 2nd and Zero Zero Lives Good news this week – Zero Zero has been spotted! This popular leopard, who has been observed by Robin and guests over many years, was feared to have perished a while ago as sightings moved from frequent to none at all. Zero Zero would be approximately 16 years […]

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It’s August 2001 and …

It’s Monday 6th and North Luangwa wilderness Chris and Linda Cotton from the UK are great regular RPS guests and obviously avid readers of It’s Monday! They were our first guests to book a walking safari at Kutandala in North Luangwa so we asked them to write about their experience. Considering that this year we […]

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It’s September 2001 and …

It’s Monday 3rd and the wobbling quicksand I ventured out beyond the Chindeni Hills yesterday with Simon, Shanie, Marcus and a blast-from-the-past, the legendary Dave Bowden. It was a sensational day out! The excuse was to seek out suitable locations, with sweeping Luangwa vistas, for guest picnics and bush dinners…something a little different during a […]

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It’s October 2001 and …

It’s Monday 1st and the river-crossing lion Whilst we still have at least one further month of the dry season to go before the build-up to the rains, the first sign of the end of the season drawing near took place this week. Yes, the mobile safari team walked their last guests through the Mupamadzi […]

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