Category Archives: 2008

It’s Monday 29th December 2008 and weddings and gun

Firstly let me welcome the new It’s Monday readers. I went through all the visitor books this week and so a number of you will be new. Yes a little tardy for this year. Apologies. Christmas week – always a busy one. After a few weeks of being very quiet (am I ever going to […]

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It’s Monday 22nd December 2008 and Robin’s Liuwa report

I asked Robin to write down some of his experiences at Liuwa Plains. Here they are – longer than usual but I did not want to edit it! The photos are thanks to David Marsh (and a couple there from Michelle – the lion is a repeat). If you did not read last week’s newsletter […]

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It’s Monday 8th December 2008 and from our own correspondents

Following the style of the BBC’s ‘From Our Own Correspondents’ we thought that we would hear from three of our Special Interest Experts – David Rogers a  professional photographer, Dr Matt Becker the AWDC project manager and Louisa Hill a yoga fundi. David Rogers I have been running photographic workshops with Robin Pope Safaris to […]

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It’s Monday 15th December 2008 and getting to Liuwa Plain

The build up to the first Liuwa Plain safari has been amazing. Starting at the beginning, Robin and I spent a wonderful couple of days there in May on a recce (see It’s Monday 30 June). Having decided its “green for go” we have to do the costings, budgets and start the process of marketing. […]

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It’s Monday 1st December 2008 and the guides hit Pumulani

As a thank you for all the guides hard work over the season, we sent them off to Pumulani for a couple of days to relax on the beach. The first guard was Zebron, Sebastian, Prince, Masumba and Bertram who headed off early in the morning to get their passes for Malawi in Chipata and […]

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It’s Monday 14th January 2008 and let’s go up river

It’s Monday 14th January 2008 and let’s go up river Edward and Laurette were with us for eight days. They are very keen bush lovers and Edward sports an amazing Canon. On Wednesday they went up the river for a day’s outing. What did they expect? “I never expect anything” says Edward, “ – then […]

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It’s Monday 21st January 2008 and Rob & Emily go walkabout

It’s Monday 21st January 2008 and Rob & Emily go walkabout Emily and Rob, our operations and general manager – two of our most hardworking members of the team, treated themselves to an epic holiday just after Christmas. They had just bought a new rooftop tent and wanted to seriously test its capabilities … so […]

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It’s Monday 28th January 2008 and Julie tests the Emerald Season

It’s Monday 28th January 2008 and Julie tests the Emerald Season Last week we were very lucky to have Julie Bowen, from Canada visiting us. She has been a regular visitor over the past few years and visited Tena Tena and Nsefu last August. A dose of sunshine was called for in the middle of […]

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It’s Monday 4th February 2008 and Simon goes surfing

It’s Monday 4th February 2008 and Simon goes surfing This week has certainly been a most interesting one to observe. The river has been doing some amazing yo-yoing, with the water levels fluctuating up and down. We are all keeping a watchful eye on the behaviour of the river. The huge body of water in […]

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It’s Monday 11th February 2008 and another birthday

It’s Monday 11th February 2008 and another birthday The Valley has a most amazing lush green coat to it at the moment. We have been very spoiled here in Nkwali with the Luangwa river in full flow, you can’t imagine it being more beautiful as her mighty form flows by in full force heading toward […]

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It’s Monday 18th February 2008 and let’s go birding

It’s Monday 18th February 2008 and let’s go birding The past few weeks have been all about the Luangwa River, and this week she surprised us yet again. Last weekend the water was flowing past at a very impressive rate putting our bridges to the test and essentially turning Nkwali Camp into an island. Now […]

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It’s Monday 25th February 2008 and "A Walk in the Bush"

It’s Monday 25th February 2008 and “A Walk in the Bush” This week we received a lovely email from Penelope Read and we thought that we would share it: Last June my partner, son and I had a wonderful walking safari with RPS before going on to Kutandala (which was out of this world) and […]

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It’s Monday 3rd March 2008 and the dogs come out to play

It’s Monday 3rd March 2008 and the dogs come out to play It has certainly been an exciting week with lots of exciting game sightings. Alison and Peter Williams returned for a two week visit after a crazy busy season at their bakery on the Norfolk coast. A trip back to the valley for some […]

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It’s Monday 10th March 2008 and let’s get cooking

It’s Monday 10th March 2008 and let’s get cooking Last weekend was our first ever Gourmet Weekend.  The idea (the first seeds sown by Jo and Conor), was brought to reality by Marko, Emily and six lovely ladies from Lusaka. Here are Marko and Emily for a sneak peak behind the scenes … Marko: It […]

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It’s Monday 17th March 2008 and let’s go shooting

It’s Monday 17th March 2008 and let’s go shooting This past week we’ve had a great group of characters on David Rogers’ Digital Photography Workshop. As well as taking plenty of great photos, they’ve been up to all sorts of mischief with Jacob Shawa leading them with his infamous laugh. There was a mix of […]

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It’s Monday 24th March 2008 and let’s meet Chris and Joanne

It’s Monday 24th March 2008 and let’s meet Chris and Joanne Early on this week we had a visit from Pumulani’s new management couple Chris and Joanne. They have been in Malawi for almost a month, getting ready for the grand opening in June. When a new lodge opens there is a lot of training […]

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It’s Monday 31st March 2008 and Robert escapes the lion’s jaw

It’s Monday 31st March 2008 and Robert escapes the lion’s jaw From Fiona: This week I’m handing over to Mike and Linda Whatmore, who spent almost two weeks with us at Nkwali. Enjoy! Mike and Linda’s story … We met Robert on our first game drive. As we walked from the harbour steps to our […]

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It’s Monday 7th April 2008 and the kids go on safari

It’s Monday 7th April 2008 and the kids go on safari The Nelson family visited us last week for their first African Safari. Mark, Sarah and their children, Daniel and Chloe, had a fantastic time with their guide Nyambe and spotter Ephraim. Both Daniel and Chloe wrote about their safari on April Fools Day. THE […]

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It’s Monday 7th January 2008 and let’s smell the flowers

It’s Monday 7th January 2008 and let’s smell the flowers Boffins – what does the word mean? When I google the word all sorts of definitions come up. But the over riding one is the definition we know. Slang for scientist, person with huge knowledge of a subject….and then Wikipedia goes on to say…. “portrayals […]

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It’s Monday 14th April 2008 and Robin’s long legged blonde

It’s Monday 14th April 2008 and Robin’s long legged blonde Jo arrived back in Zambia last Tuesday and is now settling back in. There was a little anxiety over the very long journey and how she would navigate the new terminal 5 on a pair of crutches. Luckily we found out (before the flight) that […]

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It’s Monday 21st April 2008 and it’s all go behind the scenes

It’s Monday 21st April 2008 and it’s all go behind the scenes Our seasonal camps are opening in a little over a month, so it’s all hands on deck to make sure that everything is spick and span for the beginning of the season. Camp building is going on exceptionally fast with teams stationed at […]

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It’s Monday 28th April 2008 and the dogs get leashed

It’s Monday 28th April 2008 and the dogs get leashed The Wild Dog Week was so popular this year we had to increase the capacity to nine people – involving two guides (Rocky & Masumba) and two African Wild Dog Conservation (AWDC) ecologists – Claire and Egil. In contrast to typical safaris, here guests accompany […]

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It’s Monday 25th August 2008 and a suprise birthday

It’s Monday 25th August 2008 and a suprise birthday Over the past 19 years we have been lucky enough to be visited regularly by Grahame and Anne Cousins. Their son, Simon caught the Luangwa bug from his parents and spent 11 years working for RPS, meeting the lovely Shanie and getting married five years ago. […]

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It’s Monday 1st September 2008 and an update on Kawaza

It’s Monday 1st September 2008 and an update on Kawaza It ’s been a little while since we have updated everyone with the happenings at the Kawaza School Fund. We have had a very busy year with all of the projects – building, students and volunteers. First of all I would like to say a […]

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It’s Monday 8th September 2008 and splashes of colour

It’s Monday 8th September 2008 and splashes of colour Fiona is covering for Jenna at Pumulani so here I am – back in the It’s Monday seat. For me – writing the newsletter is not a quick throw-it-together on Monday but a process that takes all week. What to talk about? So I have been […]

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It’s Monday 15th September 2008 and the season is floating by…

It’s Monday 15th September 2008 and the season is floating by… This week you will hear from Vanessa – our “Floating Caterer”. She comes from a family that has a ski company in the Alps and so has been training for hosting, organising and generally “making a plan” from an early age. Perfect requirements for […]

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It’s Monday 22nd September 2008 and hello from Chongwe River House

It’s Monday 22nd September 2008 and hello from Chongwe River House Many of you will remember Beej, the superb guide who was with us in Luangwa for two years. He and his family (Clem and Bruce) moved to the Chongwe River House this year and this week we hear from Clem……. In early March this […]

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It’s Monday 29th September 2008 and a Mobile Story

It’s Monday 29th September 2008 and a Mobile Story So having been gone for almost a month I’ve been having a great time catching up with the goings on in and around camp. Hanne, the mobile caterer, had a few days off and she was subjected to a grilling for all the news from the […]

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It’s Monday 6th October 2008 and the Elephants Come For Tea

It’s Monday 6th October 2008 and the Elephants Come For Tea While I was musing about what to write for this week’s newsletter I received a letter from Vicky, the caterer at Nsefu, volunteering a story about her visitors … so it seemed very appropriate that we should continue the recent tradition of hearing from […]

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It’s Monday 13th October 2008 and the first rains fall

It’s Monday 13th October 2008 and the first rains fall The seasons are a-changing … as the heat has slowly been building up, our ice consumption has gone through the roof and everyone is feeling the mid-afternoon slumps. It’s a tradition for everyone to place bets for the date of the first rains in the […]

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It’s Monday 20th October 2008 and Celebrations!

It’s Monday 20th October 2008 and Celebrations! Robin and I had been invited to the wedding of the son of The Honorable Chief Kakumbi who was marrying the beautiful Nyangu Maimisa. The wedding was to be held at the Kalawani Pans under the magnificent and very old winterthorn trees. Now this area has become the […]

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It’s Monday 27th October 2008 and Skimmers Delight

It’s Monday 27th October 2008 and Skimmers Delight As you know we have the AWDC (African Wild Dog Conservation) team living with us at Nkwali. One of their main sponsors is the WWF (World Wildlife Fund) and from time to time Frans Schepers of WWF comes to see how things are going. He spends time […]

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It’s Monday 3rd November 2008 and don’t forgot your binoculars!

It’s Monday 3rd November 2008 and don’t forgot your binoculars! Usually this time of year we start waxing lyrical about babies, migratory birds and the emergence of bright green buds (just because we love it so!) … however we are going to break from the trend and talk about the seasonal change at Pumulani. As […]

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It’s Monday 10th November 2008 and Camp Closing

It’s Monday 10th November 2008 and Camp Closing It is all action this time of year with a mad drastic rush for camp closing. Tena Tena and Nsefu camps have just closed. While everyone had a fabulous season and worked very hard, it was with mixed feelings that they waved goodbye to their last guests […]

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It’s Monday 17th November 2008 and the Emerald Season commences

It’s Monday 17th November 2008 and the Emerald Season commences After having a teary week saying goodbye to all our seasonal staff, we are now looking forward to the next few months of ever changing greenery and rainstorms and river rising. The change has been gradual but the dramatic thunderstorms have started the mopane buds […]

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It’s Monday 18th August 2008 and Mid Season Highlights from Nsefu

It’s Monday 18th August 2008 and Mid Season Highlights from Nsefu Over the past week or two the temperatures have risen slightly – jumpers (sweaters) are becoming optional except for in the early mornings. The August winds have arrived and they are quite happily blowing all the sausage tree leaves off and around, making it […]

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It’s Monday 11th August 2008 and One Month at Pumulani

It’s Monday 11th August 2008 and One Month at Pumulani Pumulani has been open for a little over a month now, and I asked Mark and Jenna (the management couple) to give us an update on the goings on … over to Mark and Jenna: Pumulani’s first month of operation is under the belt and […]

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It’s Monday 4th August 2008 and a new baby is born

It’s Monday 4th August 2008 and a new baby is born A few weeks ago our guests at Luangwa Safari House witnessed a very special event. Jacob, our fabulous laughing guide, was out exploring what mother nature had to offer one morning when a journey of giraffes caught their eye, especially as one female was […]

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It’s Monday 5th May 2008 and the cement shortage

It’s Monday 5th May 2008 and the cement shortage Zambia’s second term starts today and we had the student sponsorship day last Friday. I’ve started to get to know the students a little bit and it’s nice to see what they have been doing during the previous term. As this was my second sponsorship day […]

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It’s Monday 12th May 2008 and a random selection of stories

It’s Monday 12th May 2008 and a random selection of stories I’d like to start off by saying what a fantastic response we had from last week’s newsletter – there were many responses asking how to donate, pledging about US$4,000. We have also recently received some fantastic school supplies – lots of educational (and fun) […]

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It’s Monday 19th May 2008 and the winner was …

It’s Monday 19th May 2008 and the winner was … It has been a fabulously hectic week – all the caterers have arrived at Nkwali and are undergoing a serious introduction to Robin Pope Safaris, Luangwa Valley and Zambia. They spent Friday morning at Kawaza Village having lots of fun with the children and even […]

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It’s Monday 26th May 2008 and Open Season

It’s Monday 26th May 2008 and Open Season The big news of the week is that both Tena Tena and Nsefu opened with much fanfare this week, and have welcomed their first guests for the season. There was a huge push to get everything looking sparkly, fresh and lovely. The team builders have done a […]

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It’s Monday 2nd June 2008 and the Cameras Click

It’s Monday 2nd June 2008 and the Cameras Click From David Rogers, who leads our photographic safaris: A large male leopard dropped in at Nsefu while we prepared for our final evening image review session. It was the third in three days and a fitting finale to another great digital photographic workshop. This was the […]

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It’s Monday 9th June 2008 and All Work No Play?

It’s Monday 9th June 2008 and All Work No Play? The cooler boxes are packed and the sun is barely up as the Reservations Team gathers for our trip out of camp for the day. The reason for our great outing? A trip to visit various camps in the northern sector of the park, including […]

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It’s Monday 16th June 2008 and we’re off to the wilderness

It’s Monday 16th June 2008 and we’re off to the wilderness A few weeks ago we were approached by some local Lusaka thrill seekers looking for sponsorship to help them get to Kenya to participate in the annual Rhino Charge. This is a grueling 4×4 expedition across the rugged Kenyan terrain all to raise money […]

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It’s Monday 23rd June 2008 and Get On Your Bikes

It’s Monday 23rd June 2008 and Get On Your Bikes This past weekend we had some exceptional guests staying at Kawaza Village – 3 guys and 1 gal who are cycling across Africa raising awareness (and money!) for difficulties faced by communities and conservationists across Africa, Cycle of Life. They have partnered with Tusk, Centrepoint […]

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It’s Monday 30th June 2008 and the Liuwa Plains Recce

It’s Monday 30th June 2008 and the Liuwa Plains Recce Exciting news – we are going to start safaris to Liuwa Plains in the far west of Zambia again. I have been itching to tell you this story but have had to wait as we put the pieces of the new safaris together. Many of […]

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It’s Monday 7th July 2008 and Pumulani opens!

It’s Monday 7th July 2008 and Pumulani opens! I remember at the age of 24 being involved in the opening of a restaurant in London and I was scrubbing the tiled walls of the ladies as the first customers started to arrive.  The Murphy’s law of openings is that it takes as long as you […]

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It’s Monday 14th July 2008 and Tena Tena’s New Residents

It’s Monday 14th July 2008 and Tena Tena’s New Residents Kat, the manager at Tena Tena, has just a few days off so we were catching up with all the happenings from the north. It seems that the Tena Tena family is growing – the wire-tailed swallows are back nesting in the crux of the […]

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It’s Monday 21st July 2008 and the results are out

It’s Monday 21st July 2008 and the results are out Many of you have been waiting very patiently to hear the results of our Emerald Season Photographic Competition … here they are! We had another lot of tough decisions to make and much discussion was involved in the final results. To see our shortlist please […]

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It’s Monday 28th July 2008 and the Chappel’s Lifer

It’s Monday 28th July 2008 and the Chappel’s Lifer I’ve just learnt a new term today … lifer: A first-ever sighting of a bird species by an observer; an addition to one’s “life list” (reference Biology Daily). And I always thought of it in terms of a life-long prison sentence … The Chappel family came […]

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It’s Monday 24th November 2008 and the river is rising

It’s Monday 24th November 2008 and the river is rising I just heard from Simon, which therefore makes it official, the Luangwa River is rising … so far it is up by 4 inches. The Musandili River has also started flowing – it’s one of the seasonal tributaries of the Luangwa that you cross when going […]

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