Category Archives: 2010

Its Monday 10th October 2016 and some photos and stories from guests

  Hello there everyone, I hope that you are all well and thinking about us as we sweat it out here in the Luangwa whilst most of you begin to embark on Autumn.  Anyways enough moaning about that and lets just start looking forward to the beginning of the rains.  So before I start really […]

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It’s Monday 4th January 2010 and party at Pumulani

A very Happy New Year to you! This week we hear from Luke and Bettina, the new managers of Pumulani but before I hand over to them…..firstly – remember my choir practicing? Well here is the choir at Christmas carols. They were superb. And secondly, last week, I somehow deleted the name of the snake […]

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It’s Monday 11th January 2010 and champagne moments

Funny how it goes. Mid week I worry about having anything to tell you and by Monday I have too much to say! This often happens….so some will have to wait till next week. Jon and Chris sent a lovely email of thanks so I asked them to write about their stay. A couple of […]

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It’s Monday 18th January 2010 and the party et more

I think this week I will have to indulge myself with a long letter. There is too much news building up…..so firstly…..as Robin and I are on count down to the end of the month when we move to Lusaka things keep happening that make me think “what am I doing?”. The other day the […]

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It’s Monday 25th January 2010 and friends, fun and laughter

I will have to let you into a secret. I usually write Its Monday on Saturday so that I can relax on Sunday, my day off, knowing it is in the bag. But this week we were busy on Saturday! What a day. A surprise party and amazingly everyone had kept it from us since […]

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It’s Monday 24th May and Lucinda goes to Liuwa Plain

It’s Monday 24th May and Lucinda goes to Liuwa Plain This was a week of hellos and goodbyes. Laura left us for her next adventure in Uganda. Lucinda arrived from Liuwa where she worked for a week covering for Michelle. After a week in the valley with her family, Michelle has gone back to Liuwa […]

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It’s Monday 17th May 2010 and the warm heart of Africa

It feels amazing to be home and back in the peace and tranquility of the Valley. It has been an exciting week.  All the camps are looking stunning and are ready to welcome their first guests in a week from today. Robin left for Liuwa Plain and all the new caterers have arrived and are […]

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It’s Monday 10th May 2010 and it’s the small things that fascinate

With Nsefu and Tena Tena due to open in the next few weeks, it’s been a busy week for RPS . Here at Nkwali Camp , life continues as usual and as guests have come and gone, I’ve continued my role of hostess and hearing the many thrilling tales from their adventures in the bush. […]

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It’s Monday 3rd May 2010 and story-time from Nkwali Camp

There’s nothing more enjoyable than showing guests around the camp, especially when it’s their first time ever in the African bush. Their faces light up as you lead them to the bar and deck under the enormous African ebony tree, then to the infinity swimming pool – sparkling in the dappled light – and finally […]

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It’s Monday 26th April 2010 and time for bush and beach adventures

Firstly, I have to share with you a memorable experience I had this week. We were told that there was a dead lion in the park apparently killed by a buffalo. Egil a biologist from Zambian Carnivore Programme was keen in finding this dead carnivore for a post mortem. It was also a perfect opportunity […]

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It’s Monday 19th April 2010 and the transfixing beauty of a first visit to Africa

A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting the enthusiastic team from Cornell University, New York. Jing, Joy, Karl, three bright students, together with Professor Robert Kwortnik, are studying and developing Zambia’s brand positioning. They are hoping to raise awareness of this secret, beautiful country in Southern Central Africa, worldwide. Everyone remembers […]

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It’s Monday 12th April 2010 and Pumulani re-opened

This week we hear from Luke and Bettina, the managers of Pumulani. Over to Bettina & Luke at Pumulani…. We have been well rested after a break for the rainy season and everybody was ready to go. Pumulani reopened on the 1st of April just in time for a busy Easter weekend. The gardeners and […]

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It’s Monday 5th April 2010 and Easter at Robin Pope Safaris

I hope you had a Great Easter! I took the opportunity of this festive week and whilst my family was here to spend a few days with the guests, up front and out sharing their game drives and walk experiences. It was fabulous to live life in the “first person” listening to all the explanations […]

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It’s Monday 29th March 2010 and David Rogers’ Photographic Workshop

This week we hear from Tim, a journalist from South Africa who joined David Rogers’ photographic expedition a few days ago ….. Tim …. A couple of weeks ago I’m sitting in the office, Friday afternoon, busy trying to wrap up for the week. I work as a scientific editor for Africa Geographic magazine, who […]

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It’s Monday 22nd March 2010 and Nkwali from a new angle

  The photographic week ended on Tuesday, everyone seemed very proud of their photos and they have reasons for that …they did amazing stuff. Tim, a journalist from South Africa with a science background, had a special touch for animal behaviours. He shoots elephants, hippos and birds in the most unusually angles! So who else […]

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It’s Monday 15th March 2010 and a thrilling week left behind

This week has most certainly been a fantastic week with lovely warm and sunny weather combined with some fantastic game-viewing and extraordinarily beautiful sunsets.   Chris and Vaughan Williams (RPS Addicts) persuaded a group of friends to join them on another trip to the Luangwa Valley to witness for themselves the reason for their repeated […]

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It’s Monday 8th March 2010 and Liz & Heather are back in the Valley again

\ The Luangwa Valley doesn’t stop to surprise me. In a few days we have gone from sunny days to complete flood alert and back again to the warm and bright days.  I was out for some days and when I arrived last Tuesday, I had a very different scenario in the Valley! I met […]

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It’s Monday 1st March 2010 and the emerald season views

This week it is the river that has kept us on our toes again! With the excitement of it all, it is rather like kids waiting for Father Christmas, our first port of call every morning is to check to see how far the river has risen and then predict how long we have got […]

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It’s Monday 22nd February 2010 and return to Nsefu 43 years later

It’s Monday 22nd February and return to Nsefu 43 years later For various reasons, apart from the occasional amazing sundowners I spent most of my time in the office this week. The biggest reason being because I am due some days off this next week. I am looking forward to a few restful days on […]

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It’s Monday 15th February 2010 and ‘birders’ in the valley

After a month in the bush, experiencing the sights, sounds and smells of the African bush, I’m feeling entire as in a return to origins, which is not silly if we think that in the end, we all came from Africa with our distant ancestors! This was a train the trainee week at Nkwali. All […]

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It’s Monday 8th February 2010 and emotions, adventures and photographic workshop

Directly from Portugal and a very cold Europe, I arrived in Luangwa Valley on 18th of January to join an exciting and warm Robin Pope Safaris Team. Now I have the huge challenge of taking over from the infamous Jo Pope! The only thing I can promise at this point is I’ll do my best! […]

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It’s Monday 2nd February 2010 and community news

I was supposed to be at home today but I have not managed to tell you everything I wanted to before I handed Its Monday over to ……? Well, the who comes later. I wanted to report on the new school that so many of you helped build last year. Katapilla School. But firstly let […]

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It’s Monday 31st May 2010 and Kiki is ready to guide us

What a week…. Tena Tena and Nsefu opened for the season. There was a huge push to get everything looking sparkly, fresh and lovely in time and now the whole team is in great spirits! At Tena Tena the guests seemed to be having a great time. Bertram was guiding through Lunga Lagoon when he […]

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It’s Monday 4th October 2010 and another week at Nkwali

Another week has passed and yes the temperatures are rising, the river is dropping and the clouds are building – now comes the annual bet and never ending discussions of “what date have you chosen for the first rains??” Robin has always been a strong advocate of going with the moons stating that the weather […]

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It’s Monday 27th September 2010 and the temperatures are getting higher

It’s been three weeks since I was last in South Luangwa but it’s unbelievable how much I miss the scenery, wildlife and all the little things that are difficult to describe.  As Vic Guhrs said once ‘all mystery of Africa seems condensed here, like the calm at the eye of hurricane.’ I asked Emily to […]

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It’s Monday 20th September 2010 and Warren’s photography passion

Yolande and Warren stayed with us at Nkwali and Nsefu from July 27th to August 4th. They’ve just returned home to Australia after their African trip through Zambia and Kenya . Yolande kindly shared with us some of the adventures they had during their stay at our camps and also the most fantastic pictures. Over […]

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It’s Monday 13th September and magical Zambia

This week I would like to speak briefly about a plight that affects both Project Luangwa and Chipembele Wildlife Educational Trust. Project Luangwa, the charity founded by Jo Pope, Robin Pope Safaris and five other Safari Lodges has, as you probably all know by now, taken over the management of The Kawaza School Fund as […]

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It’s Monday 6th September 2010 and love in the bush

From 3 days away in South Luangwa . I had great fun attending Linda and Rocky’s wedding. Rocky found the ideal site in an open area in the Nsefu sector by the Luangwa River and made this safari wedding unforgettable. The magnificent surroundings helped me to do a few good photos. Rocky’s Best Men were […]

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It’s Monday 30th August 2010 and the notebook stories

Today it’s Saturday, and Sakhile, Munyama and I will hit the road tomorrow morning straight to Tena Tena where we will be celebrating Rocky’s wedding. The wedding will take place between Tena Tena and Nsefu, where the couple met each other. It will be wonderful to see the RPS family together again! This week I […]

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It’s Monday 23rd August 2010 and an Aadvark sighted in the Nsefu Sector

Donald and John stayed with us late July in South Luangwa and had the privilege of experiencing a really rare moment during a game drive in the Nsefu Sector. This last week they sent me their story, lets hear from them: “Robin Pope Safaris to South Luangwa was marvellous. After 20 consecutive years of safari […]

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It’s Monday 16th August 2010 and relax in the warm heart of Africa

Before I start, The Walking Mobile Safari, with Jason, has had a cancellation and so there are now four free places starting on 2 October for 7 nights. It has been a while since we heard from Bettina and Luke at Pumulani and it seems that lots has been happening since we re-opened the lodge […]

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It’s Monday 9th August 2010 and Mkulumadzi is growing

This week brings us news from Mark and Jenna at Mkulumadzi, with stories of the construction of our new lodge in Majete Wildlife Reserve South Malawi. “The construction continues, chalets one and two are already at roof level and foundations are in and the walls are going up on a further three chalets. The main […]

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It’s Monday 2nd August 2010 and it’s a baby girl

After their first stop at Nkwali, Amy and Derek Emm went up to Nsefu , the oldest camp in Zambia (built in 1951) run by the gentle and humorous Daudi . Irene as usual worked hard to ensure everything went well and Braston guided them with his knowledgeable and very personable attitude – and it […]

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It’s Monday 26th July 2010 and Robin Pope tells us the story

As our May and June safaris on the Liuwa Plains slide into that delicious after flavour of memories, together go the endless grasslands fast turning brown with the season. Herds of wildebeest are now starting to move to the west and north. Spiralling flights of white pelicans over the pans and lagoons. And the first […]

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It’s Monday 19th July 2010 and a village safari

A few weeks ago I finally had the pleasure to meet the person responsible for our websites, David Marsh, who I’ve been working closely with since I joined in January this year and never had the chance to meet in person. David is an experienced traveller in Africa and decided to invite friends from his […]

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It’s Monday 12th July 2010 and Liuwa Plain from the other side

The first 2010 Liuwa season is over now, all staff are back and will return for the peak migration season, in November and December. It’s always curious to look to the same place from different perspectives. This week Emmanuel, our waiter at Liuwa, will tell his highlights from the first half of the year. Over […]

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It’s Monday 5th July 2010 and Braston’s amazing story from Nsefu

This week I joined Michelle, a travel consultant from London, on her educational trip through our camps in South Luangwa. We met at Nsefu where we had lunch with Braston , Irene and a couple of guests Derek and Amy. Braston had an amazing story from early last month that I thought I must share […]

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It’s Monday 28th June 2010 and Kawaza School story by Jo

This week I had the pleasure of visiting Kawaza School and Village in the Nsefu Village area. I got impressed with the structured 5 year plan they have in place and how individual donations have been making the difference over the years. It was a unique experience to get in contact with the local culture […]

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It’s Monday 21st June 2010 and Tena Tena high moments

After 3 weeks in Europe I’m finally back to the Valley… the landscape has dried up, varying shades of brown and dry green are now predominant. On Saturday, on our way from the airport, the guests commented “this is a great start!” We had to stop the vehicle and wait for a big herd of […]

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It’s Monday 14th June 2010 and Norma’s special moments

‘So where exactly are we going?’, one of my fellow travellers enquired. ‘It’s a remote area in north-west Zambia.’ ‘Remind me why we’re going there???’ ‘It all began last July when we were on a family holiday in Zambia. While in South Luangwa, Jo and Robin came across for a cup of tea one afternoon […]

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It’s Monday 11th October and a season at the Mobiles

It’s Monday 11th October and a season at the Mobiles Remote, raw and authentic Africa – this is what I came out here to experience and there is no better place than up on the Walking Mobile Safaris . The team of 12 heads off at the beginning of every year into the great unknown […]

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It’s Monday 18th October and Kawaza Pilots’ Post

It’s Monday 18th October and Kawaza Pilots’ Post Time flies and we are already into the middle of October, the bush is dry, and the river is so low that you can walk across.  The game is gathering around the remaining waterholes such as the Nkwali lagoon by the dining area. I arrived at camp […]

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It’s Monday 25th October 2010 and Zambia in perspective

I’m back from an extraordinary educational trip through Zambia, I had the most incredible experiences, from canoeing in the Lower Zambezi to swimming in the Devil’s pool in the Victoria Falls which I highly recommend to anyone. I left South Luangwa on the morning flight and flew to Jeki Airstrip, a route which takes you […]

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It’s Monday 27th December 2010 and Merry Christmas

Since we moved the office to Lilongwe we’ve been missing staff adventures and funny episodes from everyone in the camps back in the Luangwa Valley. So I have invited Emily, who has been with RPS a long time and is based at Nkwali managing operations, to join me writing It’s Monday in a regular base […]

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It’s Monday 20th December 2010 and the winner is …

Today is the Monday much anticipated by those who submitted their photos to the RPS photographic competition! So many of our guests take such great wildlife photographs, that a few years Jo decided to run an annual photo competition. The talented winner is awarded free nights to extend their holidays in our camps. I would […]

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It’s Monday 13th December 2010 and the brightest star celebration

Thank you very much for all guests that submitted such great photographs, for our annual wildlife photo competition. We had a great response from everyone. This week I’ll have the very nice job of going through them all and sorting them out. In the next couple of weeks the winner will be announced! This week […]

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It’s Monday 6th December 2010 and an amazing thing to see

Before I start I would like to reinforce that thanks to a good number of our guests over the years, Kawaza School Fund has been one of the biggest successes in the Luangwa Valley. It has grown from supporting 1 to 4 schools (Kawaza, Nsefu, Kapita and Katapilla). After these 20 years of sustainable growth […]

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It’s Monday 29th November 2010 and ZCP report from Liuwa

I’m back from the cold Europe and still flooded with e-mails: follow ups from World Travel Market tradeshow, Mkulumadzi promotion, brochures inclusions, advertising……. and in the middle of all this e-mails I had a pearl, an exciting update from Dr Matt Becker, the project manager for the Zambian Carnivore Programme (ZCP), about Liuwa Plain carnivores. […]

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It’s Monday 22nd November 2010 and family memories

In early July 2010, a fifteen strong family group arrived at Nkwali from San Diego, San Francisco and Chicago, to celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary of Judy and Alex McDonald. Having been touched by Zambia several years earlier, Judy and Alex wanted to share the experience with their four girls and their families, including seven grandchildren […]

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It’s Monday 15th November 2010 and let the rains begin

Rita is still in Europe, after her trip to the Word Travel Market in London, so this week we hear from the Luangwa Valley. Over to Emily… I am happy to say that my weather prediction skills are now officially useless!!!  My date of 21st October for the first rains came and went without so […]

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It’s Monday 8th November 2010 and a walk in the park

Before I start want to wish happy birthday Jo Pope! It was Jo’s birthday last week and she celebrated in the UK where I’ll be meeting her and the rest of the team for WTM. This week Simeon and Kathy Dawes will share their Walking Safari with us last August. “We had been on a […]

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It’s Monday 1st November 2010 and cameras in the park

Last week David Rogers promised to show us some of the photos taken in the photographic workshop – there really are some stunning pictures – and to write about that week. As David says, Photography Safaris are about three different levels of work, gathering images, processing, selecting images and post production. So they tend to […]

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