Category Archives: It’s Monday

Over a decade ago, we started a tradition, with our ‘It’s Monday’ newsletter which we send out on request to past and future guests, and travel professionals around the world. Over the years we’ve built up quite a collection, from funny stories from our staff, and guest feedback on holidays, to wonderful stories of wildlife spotting and tales of life in our corner of the world.

It’s Monday 26th February 2018 and it’s wild dog mayhem!

I do hope that you are all well, sitting comfortably and ready for some more news from the beautiful Luangwa Valley which is currently going through another dry patch. So where do we start…? Well let’s start with a story that is not going to be embellished upon until next week or possibly the week […]

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It’s Monday 19th February 2018 and it’s all systems go!

I do hope that you are all splendidly well and have had a wonderful weekend with all the usual fun. Here in the Luangwa well we have had lots of rains so the bush is looking vibrant and wonderful and the river is running with high water, which has been such a bonus for our […]

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It’s Monday 12th February 2018 and news from John’s Camp

I do hope that you are all well and have had yet another successfully wonderful weekend. I know I promised news from Nsefu this week and there is some on the way but first of all I wanted to fill you in with a little trip across to Zimbabwe. John’s Camp is closed this time […]

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It’s Monday 5th February 2018 and some very cheeky youngsters!

I do hope that everyone is smashingly well and sitting comfortably and ready to hear all about this week’s events. We have just had regular RPS guests Richard and Mary Chaplin here for over 2 weeks, so as you can imagine over that period of time they had some incredible sightings which they have been […]

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It’s Monday 29th January 2018 and we’re camp hopping!

I do hope that you are all superbly well and have had another lovely weekend doing whatever it is that you chose to do. Well, what news from this side of the world? Gosh, it’s non-stop, let’s have a super quick round-up from everyone. As you guys hear from me in the valley more than […]

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It’s Monday 22nd January 2018 and River Journeys begin!

I do hope that everyone is spectacularly well and about to embark on another fabulous week. So aside from my extreme joviality and positivity today what news do we have for you? Whilst I realize that obviously everyone is keen to hear about the game viewing let me quickly start on the news that Luangwa […]

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It’s Monday 15th January 2018 and a hippo feast!

Well I do hope that you are well and have had yet another fabulous week of the New Year. Are you all sitting comfortably and most importantly I hope no one is having a little snack whilst sitting down to read this weeks’ newsletter. So where do we begin… well Simon, Shanie and the girls […]

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It’s Monday 8th January 2018 and a good start to the year

I do hope that you are all well, clear headed and having a fabulous start to the week. So what have we been up to here? Well much the same as most I guess except for the one exception of game drives! Here in the office knowing that a bush breakfast was being prepared to […]

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It’s Monday 1st January 2018 and it’s plain sailing

I do hope that you are all well and that so far the New Year is treating you with the kindness and joy that you all deserve. Here in the Luangwa well everything has got off to its usual start but we are actually heading straight out and all the way up to Liuwa Plain […]

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It’s Monday 25th December 2017 and Merry Christmas!

So really the only place to start is Merry Christmas. I hope that you are all splendidly well and having a wonderful Christmas with all your friends and family. In the valley it has been all go and the team have been working non-stop to get everything ready for our guests. I must admit that […]

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It’s Monday 18th December 2017 and a Nkwali safari.

I do hope everyone is splendidly well and is full of pre-Christmas cheer…. Here, well we are very ready indeed and on a personal note Rob and I are so excited about sharing our first Christmas with our son, not that he will have any clue whatsoever about what is going on, but it won’t […]

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It’s Monday 11th December 2017 and Nsefu & Carnivore Week

I do hope that you are all well and keeping yourselves busy and out of trouble. Here in the valley well I am going to keep quiet this week as regular guests Jane and Ian Pike have just been out for Carnivore week and have very kindly shared their holiday and their incredible photos with […]

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It’s Monday 4th December 2017 and let the photos do the talking

I do hope that you are all well and have had a fabulous weekend. We are hurtling towards Christmas and preparations are under way. The cakes have been baked, the choir has started their carol practices and we are dusting off the decorations to see what survived the wind, rain and baboon attacks from last […]

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It’s Monday 27th November 2017 and the lovely Luangwa

I do hope that you are very well, have had a fantastic weekend and are ready for what the week ahead throws at you. Today we are hearing from RPS regular guests Rita and Glyn Manning as they have just returned home from their most recent trip out to the Luangwa. So Rita and Glyn […]

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It’s Monday 20th November 2017 and news from Pumulani

I do hope that you are all well and getting used to the change in season wherever in the world you are…. Here the rains have started, the little tufts of delicate green grass litter the landscape, the cuckoos have started their repetitive songs and the centipedes are out checking out every nook and cranny […]

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It’s Monday 13th November 2017 and a dramatic start to the day

I hope that highly successful weekends have been had by everyone and that you are all totally reinvigorated and ready for the week ahead. So what stories from the Luangwa? – well I have just received some slightly dramatic photographs from Bianca Hettlich after her recent stay at Luangwa River Camp with her mother. Aside […]

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It’s Monday 6th November 2017 and a safari to remember

I do hope that you are all splendidly well and have had yet another fabulous weekend. This week I am going to be very lazy and hand you over to June and Roger Harper who have recently returned home from another RPS visit, so June and Roger over to you: “This year we began our […]

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It’s Monday 30th October 2017 and Boswell comes to visit

I do hope that you are all well and having a fabulous Monday so far and that the weekend was of course absolutely splendid. So here in the Luangwa, to say things are heating up would be an understatement but we all know that as it heats up it means the beginnings of the rains […]

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It’s Monday 23rd October 2017 and some poetry

I do hope that you are all well, have had a fabulous weekend and are all sitting comfortably ready for the week ahead. To set you up for the week ahead we have something slightly different. We have a wonderful poem and photo from an afternoon in the Nkwali bar, which tells the story from […]

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It’s Monday 16th October 2017 and a feline bonanza!

I do hope that you are all well and have had yet another fabulous weekend. You all know how I like to harp on about the weather so I hope that any of you reading this in various blustery parts of the States still have their feet planted on the ground, and that those of […]

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It’s Monday 9th October 2017 and all hands to the hyena.

I do hope that you are all fabulously well having had yet another fantastic weekend and that you are on track for a cracking week. So this week I have a slightly different story for you, more of a bitter sweet one in fact. Sadly where there is wildlife and human interaction or overlap, there […]

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It’s Monday 2nd October 2017 and lots of lions at Mobiles

I do hope that you are all fantastically well, have had a wonderful weekend and that the week ahead is full of good things. Here in the Luangwa, life as always carries on in its fabulous way and this week we have a treat for you all the way from Mobiles.         […]

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It’s Monday 25th September 2017 and a family safari

I do hope that you are all well and getting ready for another week after what I hope was a wonderful weekend. Here, winter is slowly coming to an end and whilst the nights are still lovely and cool there is a definite climb in temperature during the day. The river levels are dropping as […]

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It’s Monday 18th September 2017 and some incredible sightings at Nkwali

We are, as always, all go here in the Luangwa, and I keep meaning to let some of the other camps talk to you but I am afraid we are being thoroughly selfish as we really are seeing some incredible sightings. We have recently had regular guests John and Gill Powell out to visit, and […]

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It’s Monday 11th September 2017 and home to Nsefu

I do hope that you are all fabulously well and have had yet another wonderful weekend. This week I am not going to procrastinate and instead shall promptly hand you all over to the second part of Neil Andrews’ trip to the Luangwa with friends Ian and Jane. So Neil over to you: “After a […]

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It’s Monday 4th September 2017 and a wonderful walk with Jason

I hope that you are all well and having a simply splendid start to the week. Here in the Luangwa, there’s not much to complain about; we go to sleep with the gentle sound of lions calling and we wake up with blue skies and the morning alarm clock of the Heuglin’s Robin who sits […]

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It’s Monday 28th August 2017 and another magical trip to the Luangwa

Well here we are again on another glorious Monday. I do hope that you have all had fabulous weekends and are set up for another spectacular week ahead. Here in the Luangwa it just simply doesn’t stop and even I have managed to sneak in some wonderful sightings over the last week. However this is […]

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It’s Monday 21st August 2017 and more Mkulumadzi stories!

I do hope that you are all smashingly well and have had a fabulous weekend doing all the fun things that you should be doing! Well, as always, I do like to share the love between all the camps and whilst I realise that some tend to get a little more time in the spotlight […]

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It’s Monday 14th August 2017 and some news from Tena Tena & Nsefu

I do hope that you are all well and have had a fabulous weekend. Truth be told, life in the Luangwa continues at its usual pace with plenty of animals everywhere and so much going on in terms of wildlife, it’s quite incredible. So let me stop with the waffling and dive straight into telling […]

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It’s Monday 7th August 2017 and Luangwa River Camp gets its turn!

I do hope that you are all fabulously well and have had a wonderful weekend doing whatever it is that you do at weekends. Here in the Luangwa well nothing changes in terms of how amazing it is and we are reminded on a daily basis just how lucky we are to live in this […]

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It’s Monday 31st July 2017 and Kiki takes a few days of Safari up at Nsefu

I do hope that you are all well and sitting comfortably, and ready and raring for this week’s bout of stories from the South Luangwa. As you have probably already guessed, this week we are heading up to Nsefu where Kiki recently guided regular guests Monique and Johannes Eizema. When I first heard that Kiki […]

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It’s Monday 24th July 2017 and off for a wash!

I do hope that you are all having a wonderful Monday and had a fabulous weekend. Luangwa life continues with its usual excitement and gusto and there have been some amazing sightings from the small to the big including this wonderful photograph of a wild dog sizing up an elephant – I mean wouldn’t you […]

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It’s Monday 17th July 2017 and a fabulous stay at Mkulumadzi and a rare sighting in the Luangwa!

I do hope that you are all well and ready for some of the envy-inducing sightings that we have been having over the last couple of weeks. First of all we are going to scoot over to Malawi as we have some news from one of our guests Carole Herdegen who recently spent some time […]

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It’s Monday 10th July 2017 and a leaping leopard!

I do hope that you are all well, sitting comfortably and have had a wonderful weekend. Everyone here in the valley is being kept very busy with lots of guests coming through, meaning lots of game drives out in the park and plenty of wonderful sightings. It doesn’t start and end on game drives though […]

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It’s Monday 3rd July 2017 and some news from the first Mobile

I do hope that you are all well. Here in the Luangwa as I sit enjoying another wonderful day looking out into the bush I was wondering what to chat to you about when Jason popped in and mentioned writing something about his first mobile of the season. How could I turn down such an […]

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It’s Monday 26th June 2017 and in the back garden

I do hope that you are all well and that you have had a fabulous weekend; and those of you in the UK have enjoyed the wonderful summer temperatures. Here in Zambia, winter is truly here and nights are spent snuggled up under the duvet enjoying the sound sleep that we are treated to at […]

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It’s Monday 19th June 2017 and wanderlusting

I do hope that everyone is well and after a fabulous weekend you are ready for another week ahead. So for this week, what news? There has been plenty of happenings including the annual pack up and departure of the mobiles team as they head up into the wilderness for the next few months. Seeing […]

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It’s Monday 12th June 2017 with a round up and the elephant’s trunk

I do hope that you are all fabulously well and have had a wonderful weekend. Here in the Luangwa needless to say it is full steam ahead with all the camps open (well almost all, we have yet to get our mobile walking safari camp up and running but that will be happening pretty soon!) […]

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It’s Monday 5th June 2017 and snakes galore

I do hope that you are well and sitting comfortably for this weeks’ installment. As you all know, Mother Nature has all sorts of weird and wonderful creatures to share with us but I think that the one that parts the crowds the most has to be snakes. They are definitely cause for a love/hate […]

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It’s Monday 29th May 2017 and a family trip to the Luangwa

I hope you are well and had a great weekend? This week I have been spoilt again with an easy task of telling you what has been going on in the valley, but made all the easier by the fact that we have been having some incredible sightings. At each turn we seem to be […]

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It’s Monday 22nd May 2017 and a feline frenzy!

I do hope that you are well and have had a wonderful weekend. Here at Nkwali we are full steam ahead this week as we have closed the camp and are doing some serious repairs on the swimming pool which is always a big job; and in our usual style have decided to give ourselves […]

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It’s Monday 15th May 2017 and it’s camp building time

I do hope that you are all well and sitting comfortably ready to hear about what we have been up to in preparation for getting the camps open for the season. As always, we do like to make things as tricky as possible for ourselves and the late rains have certainly created a hurdle, but […]

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It’s Monday 8th May 2017 and news from John’s Camp

Happy Monday to you! I do hope that you are sitting comfortably and all strapped in because this week we are dashing across the border – Off to Zimbabwe! Let’s hear from Sarah from John’s Camp to find out how things have been going there since they have opened for the season. Sarah – over […]

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It’s Monday 1st May 2017 and cooler temperatures at Mkulumadzi.

I do hope that you are all well and ready and raring for a wonderful new week ahead. Here in the Luangwa we are bounding ahead with camp building although it’s still a very nerve wracking time of the year waiting for things to dry out enough for us to get the roads in so […]

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It’s Monday 24th April 2017 and Easter at Nkwali

I do hope that you are well, sitting comfortably and the long Easter weekend doesn’t feel like too much of a distant memory. Here in the Luangwa we had a wonderful weekend and the team did the most fantastic job with everything from 3D cookies, hot cross buns, dyed eggs and not to mention lots […]

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It’s Monday 17th April 2017 and news from Pumulani

I do hope that you are well, sitting comfortably and have had a wonderful Easter weekend. Here in the Luangwa there has been lots of Easter egg hunts, Easter bunny cookie making and of course plenty of wildlife. However this week we are not talking about the Luangwa, I am going to whisk you over […]

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It’s Monday 10th April 2017 and the smoke that thunders

I do hope that you are well and have had a fabulous weekend.  Here in the Luangwa well we are starting to think about the beginning of the season, so as soon as we are through Easter we will be full throttle with camp opening. Fingers very tightly crossed that there is not too much […]

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Travel Review: Nkwali (Sydney Chic)

Read all about Mark Rogers recent photo safari to South Luangwa Travel Review: Nkwali Mark Rogers Sydney Chic 18th March 2017

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Travel Review: Nsefu, Zambia (Sydney Chic)

Some exquisite imagery from Mark rogers recent trip to South Luangwa on his Photo Safari: Travel Review: Nsefu Mark Rogers Sydney Chic 5th April 2017

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It’s Monday 3rd April 2017 and another successful trip to the Luangwa

I do hope that you are fabulously well and have had a lovely weekend. I trust that those of you in Europe are enjoying the lovely onset of spring. Here in the valley we have been nonstop, but at least the rain seems to be subsiding a little bit which is good news, as we […]

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It’s Monday 27th March 2017 and backwards and forwards!

I hope that you are well and sitting comfortably having had a fabulous weekend and that you are ready to get the week off to a fabulous start with lots of stories from the Luangwa. What can I say, it has been busy on all fronts, but first we are going to go back a […]

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It’s Monday 20th March 2017 and a full river at Luangwa River Camp!

I do hope that you have had a fabulous weekend! Here in the valley we certainly have even if possibly things have been a little wet of late. However lots of rain is certainly not something that we are going to complain about, as let’s face it, we need to remember that the rain that […]

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