Category Archives: 2009

It’s Monday 16th November 2009 and camps closing

It has got to that time of the year when the clouds start to build the temperatures rise, the frogs start to “sing” and that all too tempting sound of thunder monopolizes all back ground noise!! The animals and the parched landscape all seem to be longingly looking up at the sky waiting and hoping […]

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It’s Monday 23rd November 2009 and the North Family take over camp

It is very seldom that we have a family group take over the entire camp but we were fortunate enough to have this happen a couple of weeks ago. These safaris are always great fun. Bill and Chris North used to live in Zambia long ago and have been revisiting for a number of years. […]

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It’s Monday 30th November 2009 and the Davids

It’s Monday 30th November and the Davids I have just had the most fabulous weekend! The lovely Amber came to stay. An ex “Zambian”, she comes for a bit of a Zambian fix from time to time. Before she arrived I had Robin on the phone from Liuwa. He sounded very stressed….what’s wrong….? ”its raining, […]

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It’s Monday 7th December 2009 and yet more babies

Well I have to admit it is Friday morning but I am flying to Lusaka today and will not be back in time to write Its Monday on Monday! This evening I am joining the staff of Proflight Zambia at a reception where the new brand of the airline will be presented. A small group […]

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It’s Monday 14th December 2009 and the president visits

Robin, Jason, Michelle and the same crew Alfred, James, Emmanuel and the mechanic Bernard are all packing up and getting ready to leave, out in the Liuwa Plain. They have just finished three weeks of safari with four groups and a President. They sent a memory stick on a flight out with photos and news. […]

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It’s Monday 21st December 2009 and the Kasanka Bat Safari

Only three days to our Christmas Carols in the Bush. The choir has continued to practice twice a week and boy do we have it well rehearsed. There are certain phrases that the Zambians are finding hard to get (not surprising – carols mostly have a very strange rhythm and they tend to be in […]

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It’s Monday 28th December 2009 and the photo awards

I am on leave and spending time at our lovely home in the Luangwa – something we rarely do. Normally we are either working or away. So it is great to chill at home. But I have popped in to write It’s Monday, the last of the year. And as promised I am announcing the […]

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It’s Monday 9th November 2009 and off to Pumulani

So, last week you got the story about our time off in the Nsefu sector and you were left hanging with “a what happened next…??” Time for some beach and complete relaxation – that is of course after the epic drive from the South Luangwa to Lake Malawi. The road from Mfuwe to Chipata is […]

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It’s Monday 2nd November 2009 and the Nsefu sector

Rob and I had some good friends over to stay a couple of weeks ago so what better place to spend our holiday than Nsefu and Pumulani. This Monday however we are going to give you the details our 3 day safari up at Nsefu – you are all going to have to wait until […]

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It’s Monday 7th September 2009 and Michelle’s diary

Michelle has just come out of spending six weeks up on the Mupamadzi River with the Walking Mobile team. Many of the team were at the Liuwa Plain with her so yoga is not new to them! Here she shares notes from her diary with you. Moving day Shadrack fixed my ‘floatflops’ today with a […]

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It’s Monday 14th September 2009 and otters at Pumulani

Before I start….Liuwa Plains with Robin…..we have had a cancellation and so there are now four free places starting 08 December for 5 nights. The December trips are full of flowers, huge flocks of migrating birds and the wildebeest and their newborn calves. A wonderful experience. Have a look at Robin’s report from last year. […]

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It’s Monday 21st September 2009 and Nessa’s Nsefu News

The season has suddenly changed and we are certainly no longer in winter. I had to sleep under a wet sheet last night to stay cool. As the temps hot up so does the game viewing. It really becomes intense over this next six week period before the first rains. What am I doing behind […]

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It’s Monday 28th September 2009 and 32 years later …

We have many guests who return, some again and again. But Jane and Mike must set some sort of record…..let them explain. (please hold your mouse over the images for captions – this week they are very interesting) “This is Jane and Mike Agg reporting in for Its Monday. First of all, a bit of […]

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It’s Monday 5th October 2009 and unusual sightings

Unusual sightings. In the last month we have had a few very rare sightings. A pair of caracals seen by Adam & Carol Johnson …. we had literally just arrived at Mfuwe airport, after 3 flights from the UK, to be happily whisked straight off on a game drive by Kanga, so when we saw […]

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It’s Monday 12th October 2009 and rescued elephant

Emily and Rob were very lucky to be involved in removing a snare from a baby elephant. These opportunities come from time to time and are a real bonus to living our lives in the bush. Emily was thrilled and so over to you Ems….. The story began some two weeks ago when we received […]

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It’s Monday 19th October 2009 and Katapilla rises up!

I have been trying to get my word in about the new school, Katapilla, but with so much news I keep missing the slot. This time…..many thanks to everyone for the donations that have come in. I am delighted to announce that we have received US$25,429 over the last three months. We still have a […]

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It’s Monday 26th October 2009 and Cuz on the loose again

On the weekend Robin and I were having fun with the elephants at our waterhole. They were so relaxed we could walk quite close and with a long lens take photos looking like we were very close. After this we were out on the balcony with the elephants starting to wander off when a female […]

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It’s Monday 31st August 2009 and stuck at croc bridge

First some news from Steve Wilson about his return journey on the 1955 motorbike. This epic journey – Cape Town to Nkwali and return was to raise money for the Kawaza School Fund (we are raising money to build a forth school). The return journey was certainly an epic…..from Steve…. “How very kind of you […]

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It’s Monday 13th April 2009 and Global

It’s Monday 13th April 2009 and Global Fiona has now left us for Lusaka to continue her teaching career. I will certainly miss her. So the responsibility of your weekly news it back with me. I have been away in the UK for two weeks to find out more about the realities of “global”. This […]

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It’s Monday 6th April 2009 and the wild dogs

The last two weeks here at RPS have been filled with Wild Dog Weeks – where African Wild Dog Conservation (AWDC) staff hosted activities in conjunction with RPS as part of raising awareness about wild dogs and helping to support the project. AWDC commenced conservation research in 1999 in the Lower Zambezi National Park, recognising […]

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It’s Monday 30th March 2009 and lights, camera, action

Last week I promised that we would show you some of the photos taken by the photographic workshop with David Rogers – there really are some marvellous pictures. All the RPS budding photographers have been suffering from serious lens envy, drooling as lenses the size of baby elephants were sprawled across the bar. Every year […]

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It’s Monday 23rd March 2009 and picnic & poker

One of the major benefits … and drawbacks … of living on a 100% natural river is that predicting the future weather/river levels is not very reliable. After a brief one week of high water levels in February the water level has been steadily dropping, causing concern for the River Journey to Nsefu. Of course […]

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It’s Monday 16th March 2009 and don’t forget your rain coat

Two weeks ago Jo wrote a fabulous story on her holiday of a lifetime to Antarctica, the presentation didn’t work for everyone so here is a new fool-proof link to the 5mb photo slide show. Usually I write It’s Monday from behind my desk after asking a few people what’s been going … living life […]

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It’s Monday 9th March 2009 and the storks have arrived

One of the great things about having Nsefu open at this time is easier access to the stork colony. However the storks don’t always see it that way and only just started congregating a few weeks ago, getting ready to make nests and chicks and the rest of the mayhem associated with a stork colony. […]

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It’s Monday 2nd March 2009 and Jo and Robin are back from Antarctica

I cannot remember when I first wanted to go to Antarctica but over many years the desire has been getting stronger. But when you mention this to people they can always think of reasons for you not to go. Robin was not at all sure about the “roaring forties” telling me that I really had […]

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It’s Monday 23rd February 2009 the dhow comes out of the water

This week I’m going to hand over to Mark and Jenna for some updates from Pumulani – even though it’s closed, there is still much to do! Cheers Fiona Dhow – the very word conjures up images of adventure, of sea-faring merchants, slave traders, fishermen and smugglers. Elegant sailing boats from an era long past […]

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It’s Monday 16th February 2009 and Isla goes on safari

As I mentioned in the previous newsletter Simon and Shanie Cousins spent a week with us last week – introducing their daughter, Isla, to the bush. If she’s anything like her parents she’ll be hooked from now on and will be the third generation of Cousins addicted to the South Luangwa. Of course Isla is […]

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It’s Monday 9th February 2009 and the rising river

As the avid readers of It’s Monday will be aware this is the time of year when all of us living in the Luangwa Valley start obsessing over the river levels – is it going to be high enough for River Journeys? Is it going to burst its banks? So we all live on tender-hooks […]

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It’s Monday 2nd February 2009 and a River Journey

Emma had the chance at the beginning of last week to join one of the first River Journeys. She was very excited and for a couple of days before she kept on saying ‘guess what?’ and you’d fall for it every time and ask ‘what?’ … only to hear ‘I’m going to Nsefu on Monday, […]

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It’s Monday 26th January 2009 and guide training

After the  Summers’ fantastic visit the camp was quiet for a few days. We took advantage of the situation and brought all the guides together for a good old chin wag. During the season they are very busy with guests and then usually take a break to spend with their families. It is very rare […]

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It’s Monday 19th January 2009 and wow, wow, wow!

I ’m going to hand over to Linzi Summers for part 2 of her birthday safari – please don’t get too jealous! Cheers Fiona I volunteered to write the follow-on for my party, because as Fiona hinted, there was more to come. Wow Wow Wow! was the call made by our excellent guide, Jacob when […]

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It’s Monday 12th January 2009 and the battle of the prides

The Summers group have been visiting Nkwali for the past few days and are having a wonderful time. They came on safari to celebrate Linzi’s birthday and what an experience they have had! I caught up with David & Judith Austwick for a few stories and to steal David’s photos (aren’t they corkers?). Two mornings […]

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It’s Monday 5th January 2009 and Happy New Year

As soon as Christmas was over everyone had a quick change of step and started concentrating on the festivities of Hogmanay (New Year). Lucinda and Emma, our very capable caterers were back in the kitchen creating dishes and menus that would complement all of the activities planned to bring the New Year in with style. […]

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It’s Monday 20th April 2009 and the daisies

Writing a weekly newsletter is not that easy. I am sure you would say surely there is so much going on in the Luangwa. Well there is but since 2002 we have been including photographs and so I try to give you stories that I can illustrate (Note – the Its Monday archive is on […]

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It’s Monday 27th April 2009 and caterers take over camp

Jo asked the three of us to write this weeks It’s Monday and as Lucinda was jotting down a few notes to go through with Emma and Riki whilst waiting for guests to return from their morning drive at Luangwa Safari House she looked up to see three beautiful bull elephants walking towards the lagoon […]

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It’s Monday 4th May 2009 and the Pel’s are nesting

News from the Western Province where we are getting ready for the Liuwa safaris, starting soon. Robin boated to Kalabo today with 3 tons of supplies. He says the Zambezi is magnificent and Jason Alfonsi, who led the forward party, says there are lots of wildebeest on the Liuwa Plain and Lady Liuwa, the solo […]

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It’s Monday 24th August 2009 and Cousin’s return

This week we hear from Simon Cousins. Sometime in the distance past (early 90’s) a young lad of 18 joined us from Malawi. Some 11 years later he left us! Along the way he met Shanie who was catering at Tena Tena and married her. They now live in Lilongwe, Malawi with their new baby […]

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It’s Monday 17th August 2009 and snippets

A week of snippets….. You were introduced last week by Rob to the troublesome teenager in Nkwali Camp – an elephant. This young bull started coming through camp months ago and it was not an issue. Elephants often come through camp. But the key word is “through”. However he has now become somewhat of a […]

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It’s Monday 10th August 2009 and from the driving seat

Zambia is conducting new tourism awards and we have entered. Public nominations/comments are required so if you feel moved to do so, go to this website and below the moving pictures click on the grey tap “public nominations”. We entered the following so you can comment on any of them. 1. Best Safari Accommodation – […]

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It’s Monday 3rd August 2009 and the caterers chill in the bush

“When Jo heard that we (Lucinda and Emma) had some days off together she asked us to let you all know what we do when we have these precious days. It is very rare for two caterers to get time off together so we were determined to make the most of it. We also knew […]

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It’s Monday 27th July 2009 and it’s a boy!

As my sister Martha said, “I bet you get flooded with emails these next few weeks and get even MORE computer bound. Hah!” Well she was correct. We have had so many wonderful emails from you all wishing us all the best for our future. Thank you. It has really meant so much. But do […]

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It’s Monday 20th July 2009 and marula jam

Before I hand you over to Mark and Jenna at Pumulani, I want to say thank you to everyone who is sending donations for the proposed Katapilla Community School. We have had just under $10,000 in the first 4 days which is fabulous. Another $70,000 to go however, so please do help if you can. […]

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It’s Monday 13th July 2009 and Jo visits the schools

Due to “Global” we did not replace Fiona when she left at the end of March. Her job was two fold – half “assistant to the directors” (which in reality meant me!) and half “coordinator of the community programs”. Three years ago I had found that the programs were overwhelming me and so I decided […]

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It’s Monday 6th July 2009 and “RoJo”

It’s Monday 6th July and “RoJo” So, going off the leopard tack, this week is about us! Robin and I, after many years in the valley, have decided that from February next year we will step away from the mainstream of Robin Pope safaris administration and day to day operations. We shall of course remain […]

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It’s Monday 29th June 2009 and the addicts

“RPS addicts” – definition – those who visit us regularly, time and time again. Some people visit a place and move on – wanting to see as much of the world as possible. Others – find a place that they love and return…and return…and return. And this week we have word from a few. Steve […]

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It’s Monday 22nd June 2009 and the first mobile

After some days of nail biting at central command, national parks finally released the front end loader. The road up to the remote Mupamdazi River in the very north of the park, where we operate the five day walks, is impassable at the beginning of each year. This is due to the rivers and streams […]

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It’s Monday 15th June 2009 and the Photographic Safari

As I said last week, Dave Rogers had written about his Photographic Workshop a few weeks ago but I had to get my Liuwa Plain trip in so this has been waiting. I have included a random selection of the slide show the group gave at the end. Wonderful photos! Over to Dave…… There were […]

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It’s Monday 8th June 2009 and Robin was delighted

The Its Mondays stories are stacking up – just too much to say! With Keyela’s Shoebill story I had to wait in line and already we have the Photographic Workshop news from David Rogers ready for you! Remember my surprise visit to Liuwa Plain? Well I was like a little girl, high on anticipation and […]

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36It’s Monday 1st June 2009 and the Shoebill Safari

Last week we said that we would hand this weeks edition across to Kiki for the account of his successful trip around the country on the hunt for shoebill. Shoebill are a very rare bird and they can only be found in one place in Zambia -Bangweulu Swamps (in the north). They are also found […]

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It’s Monday 25th May 2009 and it’s full steam ahead

We have reached that time of year again when our bush camps are re-opening for the season. This always sounds easier than it is as we have the very tense and stressful moment of not being able to boat in due to the water levels and not being able to drive in as the roads […]

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It’s Monday 18th May 2009 and a crocodile in the board room

It seems as if I have been away a lot and am missing the beautiful months of April and May. But with my marketing trips to the UK and now South Africa it is true – I have been away. Robin left for the Liuwa Plain late April and so we have now been apart […]

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It’s Monday 11th May 2009 and greetings from Chongwe River House

Greetings, we hope all who are reading this are well. It’s been sometime since we last wrote a masterpiece for its Monday so we do hope that you all haven’t forgotten about us and this beauteous place. As you all know the House is not open to guests between the end of November till the […]

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