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It’s Monday 12 November and a safari through all the camps

I hope that everyone has had a fabulous weekend and is prepared for another action filled week ahead. Here in the Luangwa it seems to be non-stop incredible sightings with all sorts of lion kills as well as lions crossing the river in front of camp after spending the night roaring loudly, making sure everyone […]

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It’s Monday 8th October and lion vs wild dog!

I do hope that you are sitting comfortably after a lovely weekend and ready for the thrills of the week ahead. Let’s get you off to a good start and get you going with a rather exciting account from Mobiles (our Mobile Walking Safaris). Incidentally before I pass you over to Michael for this week’s […]

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*Emerald Season Special Offers for Zambia residents!*

Treat yourself and the family to a luxurious getaway this Christmas with Robin Pope Safaris in South Luangwa, Livingstone or Lake Malawi! We have taken advantage of Proflight’s discounted flights and decided to offer our Zambia resident guests some great deals! 2 nights in the magnificent South Luangwa @ Nkwali Camp including activities and return […]

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Its Monday 22 August 2016 and safari dreaming

Hello there everyone, I hope that you are all well following another smashing weekend.  Here in the Valley let me say that it’s August and the August winds certainly seem to have arrived bang on time.  This means everything is being whipped up from the ground and the leaves are being whipped off the trees […]

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Birding in Zambia’s wild (BBC Travel)

Zambia justly plays proud host to a word-class assortment of natural wonders as well as an impressive list of national parks of rapidly rising prominence, home to a plenitude of birds and mammals under the increasingly vigilant guard of rangers, conservationists and nature-oriented tour operators. And given the country’s distracting ecological opulence, it can be hard […]

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How to make a stick sundial. (Wanderlust)

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Bird Watching and Sunset Dhow Cruises on Lake Malawi (San Francisco Examiner)

Lake Malawi and Malawi National Park are often overlooked for other destinations in Africa but those who make the trip to this “Friendly Heart of Africa” are rewarded with exceptionally dramatic scenery of craggy outcrops, plateaus and high mountains coupled with a wealth of adventure in and around what is considered to be Africa’s most […]

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A Southern African Safari in Zambia (Sociéte Perrier)

Karen Lofty strongly feels that If you want to explore the allure of Africa and be seduced by a Southern African safari, head to Zambia…” A Southern African Safari in Zambia Sociéte Perrier Januray 2012

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The 10 best safaris in Africa (The Telegraph)

This isn’t the most beautiful spot on Earth. It can be very hot (over 100F/40C in summer), is thickly vegetated and lacks any outstanding geographical features. But it’s where, in the Fifties, professional game guiding began in Zambia – and it’s from here that some of the best walking safaris operate. The 10 best safaris […]

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It’s Monday 13th February 2006 and the trip to Nsefu

It’s Monday 13th February 2006 and the trip to Nsefu Occasionally we, as RPS staff, get to enjoy the benefits of working in the South Luangwa in that we can occasionally take time off and get to enjoy the areas in which we work so hard in during the season. We get to treat ourselves […]

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It’s Monday 12th June 2006 and Keyala Reporting

It’s Monday 12th June 2006 and Keyala Reporting Keyala here this week. I got back from my trip to Shoebill a couple of weeks ago. We had a fantastic trip and one of the highlights was definitely our stop in the Bangweulu Swamps. We were lucky enough to see several shoebill and Tony Bennett managed […]

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It’s Monday 28th March 2005 and the Easter Picnic

It’s Monday 28th March 2005 and the Easter Picnic Well it has been a busy Easter weekend for us in the Luangwa Valley. Nkwali has been full and Keyala and his team have been organizing all sorts of activities and picnics. All the guests had a lovely Easter Sunday lunch in the park after some […]

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It’s September 2000 and …

It’s September 2000 and … It’s Monday 4th and Down the Hatch! I will begin with the most unusual sighting of the week……. Ground Hornbills will usually eat anything from frogs and eggs to small ground dwelling chicks however a couple of days ago Robin had an extraordinary sighting where one took a slender mongoose. […]

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It’s February 2002 and …

  It’s Monday 4th and the river, she’s a’coming Another week has sailed by and it is now time for me to suck my pencil and come up with some scintillating repartee once again. I apologise. For fear of most readers confirming their suspicions that beneath the author’s facade, there is in fact a frustrated […]

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It’s March 2002 and …

It’s Monday 4th and down comes the rain Whilst last week felt like we were back in full swing again for the season…at the moment Nkwali is back to its sleepy and peaceful self typical of this time of year! A mass exodus of staff on Friday left just Robin and I holding the fort […]

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It’s April 2002 and …

It’s Monday 1st and the swimming elephant The season is now up and running – the camp is busy over Easter and we are in full swing. It is always quite a mission to get the wheels turning again after being closed for 3 months (it sometimes feels that we are reinventing some of them!). […]

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It’s May 2002 and …

It’s Monday 6th and chocolate aliens You will be pleased to know that Kevin and his team of bridge-builders managed to successfully finish their mission at the Kauluzi River last week and now our Tena Tena and Nsefu camp building program is well under way…without any vehicles getting stuck in the river and hampering the […]

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It’s June 2002 and …

It’s Monday 3rd and introducing RPS 2002! Well, at last we have reached the official beginning of the ‘peak season’…that period of time when we have three camps up and running plus guests walking about the Park on any of five walking safaris that are on the go. Yet we hope, as a guest in […]

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It’s July 2002 and …

It’s Monday 1st and moonlight action It’s hard to write about anything other than gameviewing related activities at the moment…it has all been rather spectacular! However I will start by saying that Robin came across one of the biggest baobab trees he’s ever seen in the South Luangwa! He was up along the Mupamadzi River […]

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It’s August 2002 and …

It’s Monday 5th and an appeal from Chief Kakumbi We have had another exciting week of gameviewing – quite spectacular – but the reports will have to wait until next week. I have been very busy this week researching all aspects of the drought situation in Southern Zambia. It is very clear that the aid […]

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It’s September 2002 and …

It’s Monday 2nd and the curse of the honeybadger I hope this week’s newsletter finds everybody well. Here in the Valley things are HOTTING UP slowly but surely. I can hardly believe we are already at the beginning of September – where does the year go, I ask you??! Yes, the days are getting warmer, […]

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It’s October 2002 and …

It’s Monday Oct 7th and the wonderful wedding As you know we are able to host weddings in the South Luangwa and one took place last Wednesday. I (Jo) just have to write about it – an experience our newly and very happily married guests won’t ever forget!! And next week’s newsletter will be full […]

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It’s November 2002 and …

  It’s Monday 4th and pregnant impala Well, what a lovely FRESH Monday morning it is today…no headaches like last week!! The first week of November always feels like a new start (of sorts) with Tena Tena and Nsefu closing for the year and the promise of change in the air. Truckloads of items from […]

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It’s December 2002 and …

It’s Monday 2nd and Simon found wild dog!! Everything around here is now starting to go a bit GREEN! Yes, we have finally enjoyed some refreshing rain over the past week – very welcome indeed! As you look around a shimmer of bright green hovers close to the ground. Not enough to resemble rolling pastures […]

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It’s January 2003 and …

It’s January 2003 and … It’s Monday 6th Jan and a wet start to the year!!! Happy New Year!! I hope that however you saw in the new year was just as you wanted it! Assembled staff and guests did as they pleased this year – some opted to stay at Nkwali after another of […]

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It’s February 2003 and …

It’s February 2003 and … It’s Monday 3rd and closer to the big smoke! This newsletter is not coming to you from Lusaka as promised last week! It is Friday morning and I decided to write It’s Monday now before the office is packed up (with all the computers) this afternoon and we drive off […]

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It’s January 2002 and …

It’s Monday 7th and Crocodile Man! Happy New Year! It’s the start of a new year and Zambia has a new President! The ruling party’s candidate was returned to office, and The Hon. Mr. Levy P. Mwanawasa was recently inaugurated as President of the Republic of Zambia. There was some uncertainty in Lusaka when a […]

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It’s December 2001 and …

  It’s Monday 3rd and waiting for rain Even though this is only my second rain season as resident in the Valley I get the feeling that things are running behind schedule! Perhaps it is just a normal aberration. Whatever…since I last wrote we have not had a single drop of rain in the area […]

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It’s November 2001 and …

It’s Monday 5th and the bush wedding “Pulling down the camps” is a common phrase being muttered by all at the moment! The last guests for the season at Nsefu and Tena Tena departed for the airport on Saturday afternoon and ever since then camp staff have been busy sending perishable foods to Nkwali, packing […]

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It’s October 2000 and …

It’s October 2000 and … It’s Monday 2nd, and Leopard Cubs at Nsefu! I can highly recommend a visit to the Lower Zambezi to anyone. The flight in to Jeki airstrip takes you along the river at low level – a magnificent sight. The water is crystal clear and looks almost blue from the air, […]

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It’s November 2000 and …

It’s November 2000 and … It’s Monday 6th and Tena Closes As you are all aware Jo and Jane are currently in UK getting ready for WTM (World Travel Market) starting on 13 November. They have left Jeffrey and me in charge of writing It’s Monday. I am a bit out of practice but here […]

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It’s December 2000 and …

It’s December 2000 and … It’s Monday 4th and Heavy Rain I hope you are all enjoying the wind-up to the festive season – there is little evidence of it here in the South Luangwa! What a joy it is to be without that CRAZY Christmas advertising!! We have our own festivities here – the […]

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It’s January 2001 and …

It’s January 2001 and … It’s Monday (well Tuesday 2nd) and Happy New Year! Happy New Year from us all at Robin Pope Safaris! We are slowly recovering from all the festivities over Christmas and New Year period which have left us all exhausted. Traditionally, all the camps in the valley meet on Christmas Eve […]

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It’s February 2001 and …

It’s February 2001 and … It’s Monday 5th and it’s Spitting Cobras! At this time of year you always see more snakes than usual – it is during the heavy rains that the young are born and leave the nest. Whilst reading his book on his veranda last week one lunchtime, Jeffrey saw a big black […]

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It’s March 2001 and …

It’s Monday 5th and the End of an Era Basil – at Christmas 2000 This week marked the end of Basil’s time in the valley. After 18 years in the Luangwa Valley, Basil has left us to marry Beats (former mobile caterer) and begin a new life in Australia. Basil has been with Robin and […]

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It’s April 2001 and …

It’s Monday 2nd and it’s not snowing Another week and camp opening is just around the corner. Basil and Trish are getting married on 4 April in Perth – many of you will have shared a sundowner with Baz at the Nkwali bar over the years. On Saturday sundowner around the bar we had a […]

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It’s May 2001 and …

It’s Monday 7th and Luwi Lions Yesterday was a fine tribute to Johnny Ambrose. Over 60 people from around the Valley converged on the Croc Farm touch rugby pitch on a very HOT and sunny afternoon for the first Johnny Ambrose Cup. Johnny’s life almost revolved around touch rugby! There are many touch-rugby enthusiasts here […]

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It’s June 2001 and …

It’s Monday 4th and the Celebration The Celebration of South Luangwa was in the last week of May. We have been planning the Celebration for a year and suddenly there we were – it had arrived. What a week. David Shepherd was delighted to be back in the Valley after so many years. He used […]

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It’s July 2001 and …

It’s Monday 2nd and Zero Zero Lives Good news this week – Zero Zero has been spotted! This popular leopard, who has been observed by Robin and guests over many years, was feared to have perished a while ago as sightings moved from frequent to none at all. Zero Zero would be approximately 16 years […]

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It’s August 2001 and …

It’s Monday 6th and North Luangwa wilderness Chris and Linda Cotton from the UK are great regular RPS guests and obviously avid readers of It’s Monday! They were our first guests to book a walking safari at Kutandala in North Luangwa so we asked them to write about their experience. Considering that this year we […]

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It’s September 2001 and …

It’s Monday 3rd and the wobbling quicksand I ventured out beyond the Chindeni Hills yesterday with Simon, Shanie, Marcus and a blast-from-the-past, the legendary Dave Bowden. It was a sensational day out! The excuse was to seek out suitable locations, with sweeping Luangwa vistas, for guest picnics and bush dinners…something a little different during a […]

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It’s October 2001 and …

It’s Monday 1st and the river-crossing lion Whilst we still have at least one further month of the dry season to go before the build-up to the rains, the first sign of the end of the season drawing near took place this week. Yes, the mobile safari team walked their last guests through the Mupamadzi […]

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It’s March 2003 and …

It’s March 2003 and … It’s Monday 3rd and Wild Dog rule the Valley! In fact, It’s Sunday – and I am sitting in the office in Lusaka wishing I was back in the Valley. I spoke to Clare earlier today, who will be managing Nsefu with her partner Ed next season. They have elected […]

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It’s April 2003 and …

It’s April 2003 and … It’s Monday 7th and Nkwali springs to life Hope we find you well wherever you are. Here at Nkwali the sun is shining, the blue sky is dotted with high cloud and all is well. I have just returned from a weekend in the park and lots of great sightings. […]

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It’s May 2003 and …

It’s May 2003 and … It’s Monday 5th and Jacana is on the menu Well, I am now back at my desk and fully recovered. Jo and Shanie are down in Durban for Indaba, the travel show, and having a great time meeting lots of agents and fellow safari operators. They say that the hard […]

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It’s October 2004 and …

  It’s October 2004 and …   It’s Monday 4th and a franklin in a pear tree Kim has gone up to the Nsefu Sector to experience fly camping before the end of the season. After all she does “sell” it and has yet to actually be there. It will be hot but that experience […]

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It’s November 2004 and …

It’s November 2004 and … It’s Monday 1st and pipes and champers in the bush Yes I am back – I seem to have missed quite a few Mondays. Firstly at fly camping – which was amazing…then a trip to Kutandala in North Luangwa National Park – fantastic, Rod and Gus Tether are super hosts […]

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It’s December 2004 and …

  It’s December 2004 and …   It’s Monday 6th and it’s raining but the game loves it Well it has been a very wet and soggy week at Nkwali. We have had a lot of rain over the last few days which has changed the appearance of our surroundings dramatically. Ross and I went […]

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It’s Monday10th January 2005 andthe River is full

It’s Monday10th January 2005 andthe River is full Thursday saw the last of our guests leaving for this season. As Nkwali Camp closes the “back of house” staff emerge from nine months of eating in the “cage”. We now enjoy the view of river as we eat our meals at the bar. Shanie has almost […]

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It’s Monday17th January 2005 andthe Flying Baboons

It’s Monday17th January 2005 andthe Flying Baboons I am writing this on Saturday for reasons that will come clear. But first the week. Jane Dennyson came to spend a couple of nights with us. Many of you will remember Jane from her time in the Valley and possibly from East Africa where she spent the […]

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It’s Monday 24th Jan 2005 and the ants live!

It’s Monday 24th Jan 2005 and the ants live! The first few days of the week continued in “flood mode”. For light relief we decided to do something new and boat from the bar to “RoJo” – our house only 350 meters behind camp. To do this it meant boating down river some three kms […]

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It’s Monday31st Jan 2005 and the Lion Detector

It’s Monday31st Jan 2005 and the Lion Detector I have been away all week in Lusaka – stuck in the board room of Airwaves Airlink, thrashing out the future plans. Airlines, it turns out, are extremely complex companies to run. However, exciting to be involved. “What has happened” I asked on return, knowing that I […]

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