Category Archives: 2011

It’s Monday 2nd May 2011 and let’s hear about the dogs

The Zambian Carnivore Programme (ZCP) team is based at Nkwali camp and last month was pleased to accompany our guests on activities and share their work with them. I asked the team to tell us how the week went, so let’s hear from Egil: With the rainy season waning in late March we conducted our […]

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It’s Monday 9th May 2011 and all systems go

It has been a while since I have written and I can tell you with 100% certainty that life has not been quiet here in the Luangwa Valley. Where to start I wonder? Well Claire our caterer from mobiles arrived last week and spent 3 frantic days in Luangwa getting up to speed and packed […]

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It’s Monday 16th May and Bush Camping

It is great to be back in my fantastic new home country, Malawi, and to see again the beautiful landscapes, and the warm people and to feel the warm sun my face. I’ve just returned from Durban, where I’ve been with Rob, attending the travel show which we enjoy the most. Each day after a […]

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It’s Monday 23rd May and all sorts of fun and games

It’s Monday 23rd May and all sorts of fun and games So then first off, hello all, and hope that the last couple of weeks have been successful and enjoyable. From here in the Luangwa Valley, well it is nothing but go go go … As predicted from my last It’s Monday , my dear […]

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It’s Monday 30th May and exploring new territory

It’s Monday 30th May and exploring new territory Well, it’s been another really busy week in Malawi, lots of exciting things happening with the Mkulumadzi works finishing and a thousand other tasks to be done in order for the new lodge to open on the 15th of July. Lots of planning and training going on, […]

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It’s Monday 6th June and some news from Liuwa

It’s Monday 6th June and some news from Liuwa Hello everybody – I do hope that we are all well and have had a lovely weekend. This week the valley has been rather busy, in fact last night as I was lying in bed, I could hear lions calling off to my left, then, to […]

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It’s Monday 13th June and lots of running around

It’s Monday 13th June and lots of running around Hello all, hope that good weekends have been enjoyed all round and that we are now feeling nice and refreshed ready for the new week. So a few things to catch up on from this week as in all honesty quite a lot has been going […]

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It’s Monday 20th June and news from Luangwa River Camp

It’s Monday 20th June and news from Luangwa River Camp I hope that we are all well and ready for another busy week – this week I am hoping that my feet will be on the ground long enough to spend some time in the office, a phrase that I really never ever thought that […]

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It’s Monday 27th June and a walk across Africa

It’s Monday 27th June and a walk across Africa In November last year I had a request to sponsor an American citizen who wanted to cross Africa by foot, from Pemba, Mozambique to Lobito, Angola, more than 4000 miles (6437km). Julian Monroe is an explorer, an anthropologist, a published author and a documentary filmmaker, aiming […]

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It’s Monday 4th July and nothing beats South Luangwa!

It’s Monday 4th July and nothing beats South Luangwa! This week Les Ruhrmund, from South Africa, who stayed with us this June, sent us a very simple feedback: “There is nothing to beat South Luangwa ” and that’s exactly how I felt on my visit to the valley after being away for seven months. My […]

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It’s Monday 11th July and game galore

It’s Monday 11th July and game galore Hello to all – so it has been a couple of weeks since we last spoke and goodness me it has been all go here in the valley. Where to start? Well, I guess the big event would be a good place…. Regular guests James and Annie Keogh […]

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It’s Monday 18th July and the latest RPS venture

It’s Monday 18th July and the latest RPS venture I can not believe how quickly each Monday comes about lately. Time seems to be flying….and guess what? Our new baby, Mkulumadzi is now open. Mkulumadzi opened its doors last Friday, right on schedule. Local Tour Operators, suppliers and some friends all got together to celebrate […]

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It’s Monday 25th July and the Pumulani star gazer

It’s Monday 25th July and the Pumulani star gazer This week, over to Pumulani, where Chris and Mara are the new managers, and Emma is the chef. Let’s hear from Emma. Chris and I have been here for 4 months and Mara for 3 months now and Pumulani has treated us spectacularly well! We arrived […]

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It’s Monday 29th August 2011 and a tall order

Hello again – so then what have we all been up to? This side it has been all go in the animal kingdom of the South Luangwa as well as the operations side of Robin Pope Safaris for that matter. No time to sit, kick back and have a cup of tea it seems the […]

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It’s Monday 26th December 2011 and Christmas was yesterday

About two weeks ago Emily sat me down and went through the menu for Christmas. I heard the words Turkey and Baked Ham and went awfully quiet, which doesn’t happen very often. Emily asked me what the problem was, and I explained that at home in Australia our Christmas lunch consists of seafood and very […]

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It’s Monday 1st August 2011 and the Safari of Your Life

Graeme and Jennifer Bell were recently at Liuwa Plain for the first time last month. Jennifer was excited with the adventurous idea of going to the remotely located Liuwa which in the end she said was “well worth the effort! Wow!” Jennifer loves the wilderness and wide open spaces, Liuwa has all of that in […]

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It’s Monday 8th August and Kawaza is touching hearts

Well another week has flown by, and, yes, its Monday again. Let’s hear from Steph who visited Kawaza Village while she was down in the Valley…. “I was lucky enough to join Paul, India and their family from America on an excursion to Kawaza Village. We set off after lunch and had a very pleasant […]

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It’s Monday 15th August 2011 and news from Nsefu

Well it has been some time since we have chatted and in all honesty there has been quite a lot to report on so as a result of the flurry of activity I found myself somewhat lost for words and clueless as to where to start. The result of which manifested itself in me asking […]

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It’s Monday 7th November 2011 and a Bang and a Roar!!

Hello all, so then, how have things been??  Just thought that we would make you all really rather jealous with stories from our last week up in the Nsefu sector before the camps close for the rains… After the early couple of days of rain at the beginning of the month, which took us really […]

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It’s Monday 22nd August 2011 and some news from Mobiles

Hope that everyone is well and, surprise to you all, here I am again for a second week running… Unfortunately/fortunately I have been pipped to the post by Mary Ann LaMantian who spent a lovely 5 days up on the Mupamadzi River experiencing our most remote and “truly African” safari experience. So I shall take […]

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It’s Monday 5th September 2011 and the sausage tree, the squirrel and the leopard

It’s good to be back in the “Warm Heart of Africa” after my annual trip home. Having been relatively out of touch with the happenings of the camp – Yolanda and Warren came to my rescue by sending me a great write up of their recent RPS experience. Warren was the winner of our Guest […]

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It’s Monday 19th December and the winner is …

It’s Monday 19th December and the winner is … After having a fantastic time at Liuwa Plain with Robin and Jason, I arrived here at Nkwali to find our staff dining area looking more like a university study hall. There were reference books all over the tables and all our guides were in deep discussion […]

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It’s Monday 12th December and some news from Liuwa

It’s Monday 12th December and some news from Liuwa First a message from the RPS team: Dear Friends, It is with great sadness that we write to you. After being ill for a couple of months Zebron passed away on Thursday and was buried on Saturday. Zebron started working for us more than ten years […]

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It’s Monday 5th December 2011 and a rhino stand-off

This week we’ll hear from Mark from Mkulumadzi Lodge about the happenings down at Majete . “Much is said and written of the transformation of the bush from the harsh dry to the lush green season. The metamorphosis is as dramatic at Majete as anywhere else but the effect does seem to be multiplied by […]

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It’s Monday 21st November 2011 and some guest snippets

This week I have had a few snippets from guests so I thought that we would have a fun week with all sorts of different stories. Hope you are all sitting comfortably… First off, some news from Rebecca Rothney who was here earlier in the year and has done a lot of work for the […]

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It’s Monday 14th November 2011 and the tough life of a caterer

I hope that the weekend has been a long and relaxing one, and the week ahead is looking promising! Here, as the humidity increases, and the water dries up we are watching the clouds build up and everyone is looking to the heavens for the first glorious fat drops of rain. This also means the […]

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It’s Monday 31st October 2011 and a day at Robin’s House

Georgie, the caterer at Robins House has had quite an eventful time. Let’s hear all about it… “Earlier than usual and the rains have set in and it’s touch and go as to whether Bush Lunch will take place. But we are all guns blazing and decide that, if the skies are going to open, […]

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It’s Monday 23rd October 2011 and leopards come to Majete

A lot has been going on in Majete this past week; let’s hear from Mark about the exciting developments! “The most exciting news to come out of Mkulumadzi and Majete Wildlife Reserve is the start of the predator introductions, coordinated by the African Parks Network . Two young adult leopards, originally from the Kruger National […]

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It’s Monday 28th November 2011 and the place for every occasion

This week I thought it would be good to hear from Mara and the Pumulani team “Pumulani, which means ‘To Rest’ in Chichewa, our local language, has been anything but restful for us this season!! We have had a very good and busy season with lots of international guests from all over the world: Australia, […]

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It’s Monday 17th October 2011 and life at Lunga Lagoon

So then, just to keep you all in the loop so that you don’t think that we are simply enjoying life in the bush and having plenty of fabulous game viewing (don’t worry we will get onto that later), I thought I would fill you in with a little snippet of information from behind the […]

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It’s Monday 10th October 2011 and some news from Peter and Jan Thompson

Hi all, hope that the weekend has been good to you all and that those in the UK have enjoyed a weekend of usual autumnal weather as opposed to strange heat waves!  This week we are lucky enough to be able to share with Peter and Jan Thompson some inside info on their trip out […]

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It’s Monday 3rd October 2011 and flying hippos

The question I hear you all asking is – has she gone mad!!? My answer to you all is nope, still as sane as ever – which some might question in itself, but I assure you everything is ticking along as it should be. And so to qualify the title of this It’s Monday… One […]

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It’s Monday 26th September 2011 and it’s back to the warm heart of Africa (Part Two)

Well, hope you had a good weekend, and before I let you read the final instalment of the Mannings trip to Malawi I have some very exciting news: Pumulani has won the prestigious “Malawi’s leading Hotel’ award for 2011 at the World Travel Awards held earlier in the month in Egypt. These Awards are the […]

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It’s Monday 25th April and the ZOS were in the Valley

It’s Monday 25th April and the ZOS were in the Valley All birders out there will be delighted with this week’s memorable report from Tina from Zambian Ornithological Society (ZOS) who stayed at Nkwali on their annual trip to South Luangwa. But before that just a quick note to thank to all supporters that voted […]

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It’s Monday 18th April and let’s hear from Simon

It’s Monday 18th April and let’s hear from Simon I mentioned a few weeks back that Simon would be back from his adventures soon and having come back this week I thought that it might be nice to hear from him and his family about their trip up to the Luangwa Valley as well as […]

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It’s Monday 12th September 2011 and some bits and bobs

Hello again and happy September – here we are just still slightly amazed at how quickly the season is scooting past. Already we are starting to think ahead for the rains – making sure that all umbrellas are ready to pounce into action should they be needed and all the raincoats have been located and […]

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It’s Monday 19th September 2011 and it’s back to the warm heart of Africa

For the next two weeks we will hear from my namesake Rita and Glyn Manning who kindly offered to share their exciting trip back to Malawi with us. Let’s hear from them… “We have been watching with keen interest the building of Mkulumadzi on “It’s Monday” for months and as soon as we knew the […]

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It’s Monday 11th April 2011 and where to start?

I guess, let’s kick off with the palaver that we had in front of Luangwa House this morning when a young elephant took exception to a pride of lions relaxing in the shade so decided to chase them making all sorts of noise before the lions turned round and chased the young elephant back. Well […]

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It’s Monday 4th April 2011 and the South Luangwa photo safari

A couple of weeks ago, there was a long weekend in Malawi and I took the opportunity to travel north and explore Nyika National Park, where we are starting a very exclusive itinerary led by Robin. After 7 hours of driving, I found Chelinda lodge located on the top of a hill in a very […]

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It’s Monday 28th March 2011 and time for a catch up

Before we start I need to share with you this very exciting news: World Travel Awards, which is the Travel Industry’s equivalent to the Oscars, nominated Tena Tena as Africa’s Leading Green Hotel and as Zambia’s Leading Safari Lodge and Pumulani is also nominated as Malawi’s Leading Hotel. If you like to support us, please […]

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It’s Monday 21st March 2011 and the story carries on

…and the story carries on, with Kathie and David Richardson continuing their adventure, now to Kasanka and Liuwa Plain in Zambia’s Western Province. One wildlife phenomenon really stands out as an extraordinary event: over a million bats foraging the Kasanka fruit trees. Over to Kathie and David: Our next stop was Kasanka National Park, located […]

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It’s Monday 14th March 2011 and a very very top safari

Surprise, surprise… last week I told you that we will travel to Zambia west province with Liuwa plain and Kasanka bat safaris. Well …we will not. In fact, Kathie and David started their adventure in South Luangwa before going west. Kathie sent me the most fabulous pictures and adventures, that are impossible to cut but […]

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It’s Monday 7th March 2011 and four months till opening…

Last week we heard from Bettina and the work at Pumulani. There is more more excellent news this week from Malawi. Flying an hour and few minutes south from Lake Malawi, we will find at Majete Wildlife Reserve, where Jenna and Mark are battling to ensure that our new baby, Mkulumadzi, will be ready for […]

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It’s Monday 28th February 2011 and small is beautiful

“Small is beautiful” – this is very much true for Malawi which is one the smallest countries on this vast African continent but at the same time so diverse in landscapes and exuberant. It is often overlooked because of its size and that is partly why it is such a magical holiday destination. Lake Malawi, […]

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It’s Monday 21st February 2011 and where has the rain gone?

I hope that everyone is well and had a great couple of weeks – here in the valley we have been chocker block full of excitement with plenty happening on the wildlife front. First off a favourite that has not been mentioned or seen for some time – wild dogs – Braston was out on […]

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It’s Monday 14th February 2011 and your fantastic shots

This week I want to tell you about the Robin Pope Safaris Photo Competition 2011, and we will review the winners from the last 4 years. Category: Funny moments 2007 Winner: Mary Chris Wall Category: Safari Camps 2007 Winner: Mark Holford A great number of guests, passionate about wildlife photography, and from all continents, have […]

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It’s Monday 7th February 2011 and a look at the “small” magic of the Luangwa

Allow me to remind you about the unique chance you have of re-branding Zambia as a tourism destination and winning an incredible 15 day safari. Visit www.zambiatourism.com/competition/ for more information on how to enter, prizes, terms and conditions. Closing date is 25 February. This week I thought that we should take a break from the […]

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It’s Monday 31st January and majestic thunder storms over Liuwa Plain

Back from Liuwa Plain, Robin has a handfull of stories to share with us. But before handing over to him, you’ll probably be interested to know that the Zambia Tourism Board (ZTB) has launched an exciting competition to rebrand the Zambia Tourism message, and everybody can participate! They are inviting anyone in the world to […]

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It’s Monday 24th January 2011 and let’s hear from Simon and Shanie

I thought that this week it would be nice to have a few words from the original RPS’ers Simon and Shanie who came to visit us for a long weekend bringing with them their little daughter Isla who has kept us all enraptured with her excitement at being back in the Luangwa Valley. Simon over […]

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It’s Monday 17th January 2011 and a variety of parks

This Monday we will cover a variety of parks, from Bangweulu to Majete. We will start with Walter who sent us his impressions of the Kasanka Bat Safari, with an extension to Shoebill Island,  illustrated with some great shots. And Simon is giving us some thoughts about closing camps and the end of season at […]

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It’s Monday 10th January and what a start to the year

So then what has been happening since you last heard from us in the Valley… well 2010 has been and gone and the Luangwa Valley has not let us down so far in 2011. The game viewing has been superb and the weather has been reasonably well behaved which has been great in keeping the […]

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It’s Monday 3rd January 2011 and news from Mkulumadzi

Mkulumadzi lodge works are going very well thanks to Mark and Jenna’s excellent management skills and all the work they’ve put in during 2010. Also, Simon has been making a great contribution, leading the project for the last couple of months, after the young management couple went back to South Africa, to have the beautiful […]

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