Category Archives: 2006

It’s Monday 13th March 2006 and the Flood?

The Luangwa Valley continues to surprise me – after eighteen years.  In a few days we have gone from sunny days to complete flood alert and back again to the sunniest of suns.  On Wednesday night – it dumped.  I was out and tried to get back an hour into the storm in my Rav […]

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It’s Monday 20th March 2006 and the Exposure of Photographers

  An “exposure of photographers” joined us for a week – led by the intrepid David Rogers – photojournalist of note from South Africa. We know Dave well and his relaxed but serious style is well suited to RPS. As he puts it – the Luangwa is the most “beautiful classroom”. Rain did not stop […]

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It’s Monday 27th March 2006 and the Season Changes

This is the last newsletter of March – and so it heralds the end of our first operational “green season”.. Has it been a success? In terms of game viewing – amazing. Every single guest coming through said the game was far beyond their expectation. They also commented on the bird life. With the migrant […]

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It’s Monday 3rd April 2006 and the Boyfriend Girlfriend Thing

I am handing over to a guest this week – Amber. She did in fact stay a month ago with her kids in Robin’s House – but never mind ! Better late than never. And due to lack of pics I thought you could see Robin’s House in all it’s splendour – an excellent place for […]

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It’s Monday 10th April 2006 and Kim is back

Yes I am finally back in the valley! A month away was a long time and I am happy to be home. I spent a week in Berlin at the International Travel Market and then 3 weeks travelling on the east coast of America visiting agents. My first trip to the states and it did […]

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It’s Monday 17th April 2006 and the weather forecast

Blue skies are back again! After late rains we are now having beautiful clear skies with wonderful views right to the escarpment. BJ, our storeman and has worked for Robin and Jo for many years, came into the office this morning and announced that the rains were over.  This is based on the fact that […]

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It’s Monday 24th April 2006 and the Poker Picnic

It has been great having Kim and I can delegate! So this Saturday, I found something else to do with my “spare time”.  I arranged a “picnic and poker” afternoon beside Kalawani pan.  The lagoon was full of white faced whistling ducks swirling around whistling.  I had told everyone (well all of 5 of us) […]

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It’s Monday 1st May 2006 and the dogs are collared

A great week for wild dog enthusiasts. As you will remember from last weeks newsletter Kellie was all set with the collars and vet at the ready. Well the good news is that they managed to successfully collar 2 dogs. Great news as Kellie should now be able to obtain information on the dog’s movements […]

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It’s Monday 8th May 2006 and the punchy elephant

Firstly – the education project…..help needed urgently! Kawaza School Project has changed considerably over the last few years. We have expanded from helping the one school to trying to help the education of an entire community. Kawaza has been rebuilt, and two teacher’s houses have been completed. Nsefu School needs a lot of help and […]

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It’s Monday 15th May 2006 and the Deadline Approaches

We survived! Yes I am back in the valley, still a little tired from “marketing” at Inbaba and Jo is in Lusaka on Airline business but both happy to be back in Zambia and staying put for a while. I arrived on Thursday and by Saturday it was all go on the social front here […]

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It’s Monday 22nd May 2006 and the Dogs are still around

We have been sent some beautiful shots by Suzanne who stayed with us last week. Suzanne is a keen photographer and has been building up a collection for some time but was missing one of the “little five”. We are happy that finally at Nkwali, she managed to complete her collection – yes the illusive […]

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It’s Monday 29th May 2006 and Jacob in a Tree

As you all know we have been banging on somewhat about how wonderful the green season is in the South Luangwa. Well it really is, so forgive us please! Mike sent us some wonderful shots of his visit in March this year. So to prove the point that we do have amazing gameviewing throughout the […]

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It’s Monday 5th June 2006 and the plover lover

Firstly, I have to embarrass our illustrious leader – Rob Clifford – yes for those of you who do not recognise him for this position – he is the one under the jeep – having got his vehicle stuck in the sand. Who had to come along to tow him out… yes, me! in my […]

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It’s Monday 6th March 2006 and the dash

We have a promotion in the green season called “Dash to the Bush”.  It is a week at Nkwali. The expression was redefined this week. We had a couple from the UK out to celebrate a 50th birthday – and here for 3 nights! Now that is a dash. But it has to be said […]

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It’s Monday 27th February 2006 and the 11th hour

Well it is the last morning of the “Wild Dog Safari” week.  We were all feeling confident about sightings as over the previous ten days the dogs had been seen regularly.  Everyone in the group is an Africa addict, and only two out of seven have seen dogs – Susan and Antonie from Canada have […]

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It’s Monday 20th February 2006 and the Very Special Sundowner

Kim is now on the lake (Malawi that is) taking a ten day break.  I spent the week in Lusaka (planes again!) and so have been asking everyone about the gameviewing.  The big excitement is that the dogs are back.  Luckily as the Wild Dog Safari starts tomorrow!.  They have been seen sporadically but have […]

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It’s Monday 2nd January 2006 and a Guest Appearance

We had wonderful guests with us for the new year and I was a little sad to be missing the fun in camp and then at Flatdogs to see in the new year. However, I had been invited to Lilongwe for a party and Jo was happy to cover and so was back to being […]

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It’s Monday 9th January 2006 and the Storm of the Year

From Martin – an RPS regular and a partner in Airwaves Zambia and also Chongwe River House. “I suppose that it was my fault really for saying to Jo that I had never seen it rain in Zambia.  We  were in board meetings in Lusaka and looking forward to getting out to the bush when I […]

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It’s Monday 16th January 2006 and Rob’s turn

The continuation of the rains has brought upon an amazing gradual transformation of the Luangwa Valley and all its inhabitants. Many of the wild flowers have sprung forth into blossom giving the bush amazing color and vibrancy. The clear skies have given us a true perspective of what we have around us. The Chindeni hills […]

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It’s Monday 23rd January 2006 and the perfect evening

The past few days have been magical. Wonderful clear skies in the day and stormy clouds in the evenings. Gameviewing has been good with sighting of many lions – they seem to be mating everywhere with one guest commenting that we should change the name to Porn Park. Leopard and buffalo are a treat to […]

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It’s Monday 30th January 2006 and the Heli Ride

This weeks It’s Monday is all about me… I have never been up in a helicopter and it has always been an ambition, so when I was offered a trip I jumped at the chance. The helicopter was going up to try and find the wild dogs for Emma, who is one of the researchers […]

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It’s Monday 6th February 2006 and the Aussie speaks at last

Hi howz it. Well after being with the company for five months and skillfully ducking and weaving away from the computer I have finally been trapped into writing an ‘Its Monday’. Hi – I’m Simon, I am reformed and I am the workshop manager for RPS. You might remember me from previous “It’s Mondays” in […]

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It’s Monday 13th February 2006 and the trip to Nsefu

It’s Monday 13th February 2006 and the trip to Nsefu Occasionally we, as RPS staff, get to enjoy the benefits of working in the South Luangwa in that we can occasionally take time off and get to enjoy the areas in which we work so hard in during the season. We get to treat ourselves […]

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It’s Monday 12th June 2006 and Keyala Reporting

It’s Monday 12th June 2006 and Keyala Reporting Keyala here this week. I got back from my trip to Shoebill a couple of weeks ago. We had a fantastic trip and one of the highlights was definitely our stop in the Bangweulu Swamps. We were lucky enough to see several shoebill and Tony Bennett managed […]

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It’s Monday 19th June 2006 and the hangover cure

It’s Monday 19th June 2006 and the hangover cure Mobiles are off and running. Hannah and the team headed off last week with a fully laden truck and Chris arrived with the first guests on Thursday. Gameviewing has started well with elephant sightings, lions coming down to drink from the river opposite Camp 2 and […]

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It’s Monday 26th June 2006 and it’s Tena’s Turn

It’s Monday 26th June 2006 and it’s Tena’s Turn It has already been a month since we have opened and it is amazing at the changes already. On first arrival the wildlife are slightly wary of us after our absence of nearly 6 months and the bush is green and thick. However already the wildlife […]

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It’s Monday 23rd October 2006 and Lions, Lions and more Lions

It’s Monday 23rd October 2006 and Lions, Lions and more Lions Well, lions seem to be ubiquitous this week. Not that anyone is complaining. Simon and Deborah walked out of Nsefu to go to the bush camping spot on Thursday and en route saw 20 lions – on foot during one walk – quite amazing. […]

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It’s Monday 30th October 2006 and a teary Good-bye from Tena

It’s Monday 30th October 2006 and a teary Good-bye from Tena So this is probably the last It’s Monday from the Tena Tena team this year as in three days time Tena will be closed for the season. October is usually a very interesting month and this year has been no exception. Rocky has been […]

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It’s Monday 6th November 2006 and G’day

It’s Monday 6th November 2006 and G’day G’day —, Well with Kim and Jo away at World Travel Market, Geno and Suku in reservations flat out with bookings for the green season, emerald season and 2007, Emily away closing camps and Rob holding the fort for me while I’m on four days rest, I felt […]

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It’s Monday 13th November 2006 and Wild Dogs and Storms

It’s Monday 13th November 2006 and Wild Dogs and Storms Yet another week has gone by in the blistering heat, animals becoming tetchy and bad tempered with the lack of food adding to their demise. We were beginning to wonder if we would ever see the rain but without fail as if the magical spell […]

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It’s Monday 20th November 2006 and the City Slickers

It’s Monday 20th November 2006 and the City Slickers Hello, yes the city slickers are back home. Robin, Jo and I arrived in the valley on Thursday – happy to be home in the bush.It was strange to get off the plane in Mfuwe and have to dodge puddles left from rain the night before. […]

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It’s Monday 27th November 2006 and the Bwana Reporting

It’s Monday 27th November 2006 and the Bwana Reporting Robin here – I decided  to take the opportunity of navigating a new route to the Palm grove site  on the Mushilashi River on Thursday, taking advantage of a few dry days and in preparation for next year’s safaris to this distant and isolated area. Our […]

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It’s Monday 4th December 2006 and the long farewell

It’s Monday 4th December 2006 and the long farewell My alarm woke me at 4.45, just as the first light was peeping thorough the curtains. Groan – did I really need this; it seemed such a good idea when we were discussing an early start the day before. Now, as I trudge to the kitchen […]

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It’s Monday 11th December 2006 and the mixed bag

It’s Monday 11th December 2006 and the mixed bag I have been sorting out my computer this week – trying to get my files in order so that Jo can find things when I am gone! I have come across some lovely photos which were sent by recent guests and thought I would share them […]

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It’s Monday 18th December 2006 and the road trip

It’s Monday 18th December 2006 and the road trip Simon was setting off early on Wednesday morning to take our boat to Lusaka for repairs. The drive is beautiful, although long, and I decided to hop on board and do the drive one last time. We departed at 0430 and were due to arrive in […]

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It’s Monday and a Merry Christmas

It’s Monday and a Merry Christmas Well as you will see from the photos we had a wonderful Christmas. Starting with carols on the bridge into the park on Christmas Eve and followed by a superb staff lunch yesterday – which extended into the afternoon with games and lots of laughter. Hence we left it […]

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It’s Monday 16th October 2006 and an homage to the Cousins

It’s Monday 16th October 2006 and an homage to the Cousins Last weekend Simon and Shanie returned for a few days on safari. They were accompanied by Graham and Anne Cousins, Si’s parents and this Uncle Chris. All have been visiting us for years and indeed used to spend time in South Luangwa, well before […]

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It’s Monday 9th October 2006 and the Success Story

It’s Monday 9th October 2006 and the Success Story Firstly, some of you may remember a baby warthog that we found abandoned at Tena Tena last year. The tiny wartlet was taken to Chipembele Wildlife Centre where they named her after the Tena guide who found it. Well, a year on and Rocky has not […]

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It’s Monday 2nd October 2006 and the Night in Paradise

It’s Monday 2nd October 2006 and the Night in Paradise Well this week has been a really easy It’s Monday to write. Our last walking mobile safari ended on Saturday morning and Robin and Jo invited a few friends up to spend Saturday night at Camp 4 before the whole operation was pulled out for […]

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It’s Monday 3rd July 2006 and the Jeep

It’s Monday 3rd July 2006 and the Jeep Kim is away taking a well earned rest and I caught the It’s Monday ball for this week. So hello from me! We have just come to the end of a two month program – hosting the new “Jeep” press event. Two months of preparation for two […]

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It’s Monday 10th July 2006 and the return of the prodigals

It’s Monday 10th July 2006 and the return of the prodigals What a weekend we have just had! Simon and Shanie returned for a few days and took the valley by storm. It was so lovely to have them back with us, even if briefly. As many of you will know they both worked for […]

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It’s Monday 17th July 2006 and Hannah Hits Nkwali

It’s Monday 17th July 2006 and Hannah Hits Nkwali If someone had told me what was in store for me in my first week in Africa, I wouldn’t have believed them, or have stepped onto the aeroplane, in fact. Before I knew it, I was heading up the 05 towards Mupamadzi – five hours of […]

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It’s Monday 24th July 2006 and Kim hits the road

It’s Monday 24th July 2006 and Kim hits the road Well I have been out in the bushes – yeah. Saturday afternoon I jumped in a gameviewer, well loosely using the word gameviewer, as it was one of our “older” workshop cars, and set off for fly camping. The cruiser had no radio but I […]

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It’s Monday 31st July 2006 and the news from Tena Tena

It’s Monday 31st July 2006 and the news from Tena Tena It’s Monday and it’s the next instalment of tales from Tena Tena.  The task was given to me by Kerri to brighten up people’s Monday mornings with stories of animal mischief in the land of big skies; so make yourself a cup of tea, […]

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It’s Monday 7th August 2006 and the serval appearance

It’s Monday 7th August 2006 and the serval appearance Well I am always somewhat surprised when one of our guests writes back regarding an It’s Monday edition – I thought it was just my mother who read them! Gavin and Sue were on the vehicle with Bertie when they came across the leopard/honey badger encounter […]

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It’s Monday 14th August 2006 and the Nsefu gameviewing

It’s Monday 14th August 2006 and the Nsefu gameviewing Ok, so I know I don’t work at Nsefu anymore but I can’t stop myself from sneaking over occasionally. Though there are many reasons why I miss the Nsefu area anyone who knows me and those who I have guided over the last three years knows […]

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It’s Monday 21st August 2006 and the Don Report

It’s Monday 21st August 2006 and the Don Report A quick introduction on myself: I, Dan, joined the Robin Pope Safaris as the food & beverage manager with my girlfriend Suku (in reservations) in April this year and I must say that we have both been warmly welcomed into the Robin Pope Safaris family. Just […]

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It’s Monday 28th August 2006 and the unusual taxi

It’s Monday 28th August 2006 and the unusual taxi Well we have a bit of a mixed bag for you this week. First off an extraordinary sighting from Nkwali Bar – a young crocodile hitching a ride on the back of a hippo. Yes really… Quite an amazing sight.  Sorry the photo is a bit […]

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It’s Monday 4th September 2006 and the smelly hippo

It’s Monday 4th September 2006 and the smelly hippo Each year we seem to have a bad smell develop at Nkwali. No not blocked drains but a dead hippo! A few days ago we discovered the poor beast just down stream from camp on a sand island in the river. There were no signs to […]

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It’s Monday 11th September 2006 and the Happy Elly

It’s Monday 11th September 2006 and the Happy Elly Kim is in South Africa – at Garonga now, and I would hope having a massage. It has been a long time since writing to you has fallen on my desk. So hi from Jo. During the rains Kim was away a lot and so I […]

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It’s Monday 18th September 2006 and the Barking Eland

It’s Monday 18th September 2006 and the Barking Eland News from Tena Tena – Kerri I don’t really know where to begin……..I could always start with my walk of the season…… This is what we saw– 24 Eland (at close quarter – the bull barked at us and the gust almost took out heads off […]

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It’s Monday 25th September 2006 and the regurgitating Leopard

It’s Monday 25th September 2006 and the regurgitating Leopard Hello there all. I am back from my travels, having had an excellent trip with the highlight being a stay at Garonga Safari Camp in Limpopo province of South Africa. Wonderfully relaxing, and yes as Jo guessed, I did partake of the odd massage and reflexology […]

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