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  • Its Monday and a memorable first family safari

    Well, hello there. I hope that you have had a fabulous weekend with lots of fun and general frivolities. Here in the Luangwa, we are sunny…

  • Boating at Pumulani Lodge

    Easter Specials with RPS

    With Easter just around the corner, why not swap the city life for a wilderness escape! There is something rather magical about the vast landscapes,…

  • Its Monday and the Van Oordt family safari

    Hello there. I hope that you have had a fabulous week and are sitting comfortably ready for this week’s update. Once more I have graciously…

  • It’s time to book your dream holiday

    What do you feel like in 2023…? January is the month of planning, whether its resolutions or exciting prospects of travelling. We would like to…

  • Its Monday and a trip update from the Cousins Clan!

    Hello there. I do hope that you are extremely well after another wonderful weekend. Here in the Luangwa my Its Monday news has been done for me…

  • Its Monday and fabulous fungus!

    Well, hello there. I hope that you are fabulously well and having a great start to the year. Here in the Luangwa the water has risen dramatically…

  • The Ultimate River Safari

    The first week of January usually sets the tone for the rest of the year! A fresh start, with new perspectives, new beginnings, new goals…

  • Its Monday and A for Aardvark

    Well, hello there. First, the most important thing to say is Happy New Year! The RPS team would like to wish you all the very…

  • Its Monday and Fa la la la la

    Hello there! I hope that you are suitably full and happy after a wonderful Christmas and sitting comfortably ready to enjoy the last week of…

  • Its Monday and festive news from Kuthengo

    Well, hello there. I do hope that you are fabulously well and fully in the Christmas spirit. Here in the Luangwa the choir for the annual Kalawani…

  • A round up of 2022 highlights from our team

    And just like that, 2022 is nearly at an end, and boy what a year it has been for us! After the 2 year pause…

  • Its Monday and lovely lilies

    Well, hello there, I hope that you have had a wonderful weekend and that as we hurtle into December that you are all getting into…

  • Its Monday and its good to be back

    Well, hello there. I do hope that you are fabulously well after another lovely weekend. Today my job has been made a lot easier as…

  • Discover a birders paradise

    We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again and again… The Emerald Season is the most UNDERRATED time of the year. From November through…

  • Its Monday and Johns Camp season highlights

    I hope that you are fabulously well and have had a wonderful weekend and are now ready for the week ahead. Here in the Valley,…

  • Its Monday and a look back on Mobile Walking Safaris season

    I do hope that you are splendidly well and have had another lovely weekend.  As we hurtle towards the end of another year and one which…

  • The uplifting journey of Tawanda at Johns Camp

    "A simply stellar safari experience! From the moment Tawanda, the manager, met us at the airstrip we knew we were in good hands." - JSunFla…

  • It’s Monday and an incredible weekend in the Luangwa

    Well, hello there I hope that you are fabulously well.  Here in the Luangwa, we are charging full steam ahead with our game viewing that’s for sure.…

  • We are thankful for…

      While thanksgiving is celebrated primarily by our friends in North America, we have a lot to be thankful for, this year in particular and…

  • ‘I ate breakfast next to elephants…’

    The knowledge of the guides adds so much to the experience of a Zambian safari. No trip to South Luangwa would be complete without a…

  • Its Monday and a long but worthwhile journey

    Hello there, I hope you have had a wonderful fun filled weekend. Here it’s ‘all go’ in a rather ‘non-go’ kind of way as we…

  • It’s Monday and what a way to end the season

    Well, hello there. I hope that you are fabulously well and are ready and raring for the week ahead. Here in the Luangwa the temperatures are certainly…

  • NEW: Wildlife Filming Safari

    Are you keen to explore the world of wildlife filming or make more of your videos from all your safaris…? Spend a week in the…

  • Its Monday and some exciting days around camp

    Well, hello there. I do hope that you are fabulously well. Here in the Luangwa we have finally cracked the 40C mark so we can now really…

  • Malawi travel guide: A transformation…

    Malawi travel guide: A transformation from slave trade to tourist sensation "Like many other unfamiliar safari destinations, Malawi is no less beguiling than its big…

  • Its Monday and a well-earned safari break

    Well, hello there. I hope that you are well after a lovely weekend. Here in the Luangwa as the heat rises and the bush gets thinner by…

  • Its Monday and a rewarding trip back to Malawi

    Hello there. I do hope that you are marvelously well. Here in the rather toasty Luangwa, we are currently surrounded by elephants as they either drink…

  • Christmas with RPS

    ‘The most wonderful time of the year is just around the corner… Christmas is synonymous with family time, beautifully decorated spaces, copious amounts of festive…

  • Its Monday and first time on safari

    Hello there. I hope that you are well and are cracking on with another exciting week ahead. So, this week we have had a lovely…

  • It’s Monday and birding highlights at Pumulani

    Hello there, I do hope that you are fabulously well and have had a wonderful weekend and are now ready for the week ahead. Here…

  • Its Monday and an action-packed season at Nsefu

    Hello there. I hope that you are well and have the most wonderful weekend and ready and set for the week ahead. Here in the Luangwa the animals…

  • The story of Luangwa River Camp

    Flashback to 2001, when a young couple decided to swop their city life and white-collar jobs in the UK for the Luangwa Valley in Zambia,…

  • Its Monday and Majete continues to shine

    Well, hello there. I hope that you are well and have had a lovely weekend. Here in the Luangwa the temperatures are rising, the water in the…

  • Its Monday and a careless leopard

    Well, hello there. I do hope that you are as always fabulously well and are sitting ready for this week’s update to find out what…

  • Its Monday and special treats out of Mana Pools

    Well hello there. I do hope that you are fabulously well and sitting tightly for a wonderful Its Monday from the team at John’s Camp in Mana Pools,…

  • Photographic Safaris with David Rogers

    “Africa changes you forever, like nowhere on earth. Once you have been there, you will never be the same. But how do you begin to…

  • Its Monday and special sightings in Liwonde

    Hello there, I hope that you are fabulously well and have had a fun weekend and are ready for another week ahead with whatever it…

  • It’s Monday and another amazing Simon Cousins Safari

    Hope all is well and you have had a great weekend! We are well and thriving with the excitement of guests and game drives and…

  • A modern day Noah’s Ark

    Last week Malawi reached another conservation milestone as 263 elephants from Liwonde National Park were translocated to Kasungu National Park along with other wildlife including…

  • A lion renaissance

    Today is World Lion Day and we celebrate the King of the Beasts... Lions are the symbol of wild Africa and synonymous with strength, power,…

  • Sundowners in Mana Pool

    Its Monday and a whistle stop tour of John’s Camps

    I do hope that you are all fabulously well and have had another splendid weekend. Here in the Luangwa, well I am going to leave…

  • Classic Zimbabwe

    Nestled between the mighty Zambezi and the rolling Limpopo River, Zimbabwe has always been considered as one of the best destinations in the safari world. It offers…

  • Liwonde at a glance

    An extract from Travel Africa's Jul-Sep 2022 issue takes us to Malawi's Liwonde National Park and we gain insight of what makes it so special...…

  • Its Monday and babies in the Luangwa Valley

    Well, hello there. I do hope that you are super well and have had a wonderful weekend.  Here in the Luangwa everything is full steam ahead and we…

  • Remote, Restful and Retro: A Safari at Nsefu Camp

    Earlier in the month we had travel writer @Gillian McLaren stay with us at Nsefu Camp. She has written a delightful piece about her time…

  • Its Monday and back to our happy place

    Hello there. I hope that you are splendidly well and have had yet another wonderful weekend. Here in the Luangwa the guests keep on coming and the…

  • The allure of Lake Malawi

    After operating in the Zambian wilderness for over 2 decades, we decided it was time to expand and include more of Southern Africa. It was…

  • The story of Tena Tena

    "Tena Tena Camp is altogether beyond superlatives, and must be one of the best safari camps in the whole of Africa!" - The Times, London.…

  • A safari with the stars of the silver screen

    Over the years an impressive amount of wildlife documentaries have been filmed in and around our properties in the South Luangwa National Park. This comes…

  • Its Monday and another wonderful Luangwa Valley visit

    Well, hello there. I hope that you are brilliantly well after a lovely relaxing weekend and sitting ready and raring for the exciting week ahead.…

  • Its Monday and the long awaited Shoebill Safari

    Well, hello there. I do hope that you are fabulously well and sitting ready for a specialist safari update this week, as we hear from…

  • Its Monday and an unusual breakfast date

    Well, hello there. I hope that you are incredibly well and have had a lovely weekend and the week ahead is looking exciting and promising.…

  • Its Monday and the honey badgers steal the show

    Well, hello there! I do hope that you are fabulously well and have had a great weekend. Here in the Luangwa, it has been nonstop with lions…

  • Its Monday and the transformation of Liwonde

    Hello there! I hope that you are fabulously well and ready for this week’s update from a busy Robin Pope Safaris. We are delighted to have…

  • Its Monday and the Stevens return to the wild

    Well, hello there! I do hope that you are well and ready and raring for the wonderful week ahead. Here in the Luangwa, we are all…

  • Its Monday and Luangwa wildlife flourishes

    Hello there! I hope you are well and have had a fabulous weekend and are now sitting tight ready for what the week ahead has…

  • Its Monday and a slight chill in the air

    Well, hello there! I hope that you are splendidly well after another wonderful weekend and are sitting comfortably ready and raring for the week ahead.…

  • Its Monday and the circle of life

    Hello! I hope that you are well and have had a far more restful weekend than we have. Crumbs… let me tell you, this has…

  • It’s Monday and John’s Camp is open!

    I do hope that you are all super well and have had a fantastic weekend. Here in the Luangwa well we have one very busy…

  • The 7 best places to see Leopards in Africa

    There are many reasons why leopards are at the top of safari request lists. Breathtakingly beautiful, charismatic, powerful, elusive, mysterious, and endlessly unpredictable – no…

  • Its Monday and boating the Luangwa in May

    I hope that you are fabulously well after the weekend and are ready and raring for the week ahead. Here in the Luangwa, shocking as this…

  • Its Monday and Mike returns to the fold

    Well hello there everyone I do hope that you are all well and have had a wonderful weekend. Here the temperatures are dropping and the…

  • Its Monday and all systems go at Mkulumadzi

    Hello there, I hope that you are well after a lovely weekend and are sitting comfortably ready for this week's installment. Here in the Luangwa we are…

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    Its Monday and a look behind the scenes

    Well, hello there! I hope that you are fabulously well and have had a wonderful weekend but are sitting tight and ready and raring for…

  • Africa’s 30 best swimming pools

    Pumulani Lodge (Lake Malawi) and Mkulumadzi Lodge (Majete Wildlife Reserve) have both made Africa Geographic's list of Africa's 30 best swimming pools!They had this to…

  • Its Monday and Simon says wildlife galore

    Hello there! I do hope that you are fabulously well and have had a marvellous weekend. Here in the Luangwa the epic challenge of getting everything up…

  • Its Monday and The Hippo King

    Well hello there. I hope that you are very well and have had a lovely weekend. This week we have some rather exciting news… Unbeknown…

  • Its Monday and a dazzling few weeks

    I hope you are splendidly well after another lovely weekend and are sitting comfortably ready and raring for this week’s update.  So, without any further…

  • Its Monday and the calm after the storm

    I do hope that you are all fabulously well after another splendid weekend. This week we are going to hear from Sarel who is over…

  • It’s Monday and all animals big and small

    Well, hello there. I do hope that you are fabulously well and have had a lovely weekend and looking forward to an excellent week. Here…

  • Its Monday and delights of the wet Luangwa

    Well, hello there. I hope that you are fabulously well and have had a great weekend and are sitting ready and raring for the week…

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    It’s Monday and high waters and high spirits

    Well, hello there. I hope that you are fabulously well and have had a fantastic weekend. Here in the Luangwa, we have had an incredible…

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    Its Monday and the puku alarm call

    Well, hello there. I hope that you are well and have had a wonderful weekend and are now ready for the fun filled week ahead.…

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    Its Monday and a photographic journey with David Rogers

    I trust you have had a lovely and restful weekend and now gearing up for the week ahead. Here in the Luangwa, we are enjoying…

  • How guides help

    Some guides operate in areas of particular specialty which require additional expertise and experience. Travel Africa Magazine asked Keyala Phiri from Robin Pope Safaris to…

  • Its Monday and lets head to the skies

    Well, hello there. I do hope that you are well and have had a fabulous weekend. Now that its over I hope that the week…

  • Its Monday and a watery week in Malawi

    Well, hello there. I do hope that you are well and sitting ready for this week’s somewhat chaotic update from the Malawi team, so without…

  • Its Monday and the stormy Luangwa skies

    Well, hello there. I do hope that you are fabulously well and sitting comfortably ready and raring for the week ahead. Here in the Luangwa…

  • Its Monday and the rain has finally fallen

    Well, hello there. I do hope that you are fabulously well and have had a lovely weekend. Here in the Luangwa we have had a…

  • Video Safari: Predator vs Prey

    The African bush is a place, where prey and predator alike fight for survival. A leopard mom is as caring and protective of her cub,…

  • Its Monday and festive highlights from the Luangwa

    Well, hello there. I do hope that you are well and have had a lovely first week of 2022. Here in the Luangwa, we have…

  • Its Monday and lions galore in Liwonde

    Happy New Year! I hope you stepped into the new year in good health with your loved ones close. Here in the Luangwa, it continues…

  • Its Monday and a jolly Christmas in Malawi

    Merry Christmas! I hope you had a wonderful one filled with lots of laughter, good food and plenty of presents. Today we will hear from…

  • Its Monday and warm greetings from Malawi

    Well, hello there. I hope you are well and full of Christmas cheer despite the various restrictions in place and that all Christmas plans are…

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    Its Monday and highlights of the season for Kanga

    I hope that you are incredibly well and have had another lovely weekend. For us in the Luangwa, the rains have held off, but regardless,…

  • It’s Monday and another bonanza of sightings

    I do hope that you are all marvellously well and have had another lovely weekend. Here in the Luangwa we have yet to experience any…

  • Its Monday and carmines & canines

    I do hope that you are all fabulously well and have had a wonderful weekend. Here in the Luangwa, the storm clouds build and the…

  • Now on Sale: Wild Africa Postcard Collection

    Last year, in the midst of the global pandemic we launched our Safari Dreaming E-book & 2021 Safari Dreaming Calendar with the aim of keeping…

  • It’s Monday and an update from the warm heart of Africa

    I hope that you are all well and have had a lovely weekend with all sorts of fun and games. Here all is good and…

  • Its Monday and news from Mana Pools

    I do hope you have had a fabulous weekend and are ready for the week ahead! Today we have some news from Sarah & Milo…

  • Its Monday and the Nsefu wow factor

    I hope that you are all splendidly well and have had a wonderful weekend. Here in the Luangwa, we are plodding along through a very…

  • Its Monday and a photographic safari with Ed Selfe

    I do hope that you are all super well after a lovely relaxing weekend and are sitting comfortably ready and raring for this week’s exciting…

  • Its Monday and news from Nsefu

    Well hello there, I do hope that you are well and have had a fabulous weekend. Here in the Luangwa, gosh its certainly getting a…

  • Its Monday and caterpillars and other critters

    I do hope that you are all well and having a wonderful Monday after what I hope was a fab weekend. Here in the South…

  • Its Monday and its raining leaves and great sightings

    Well hello there! I hope that you had a smashing weekend and are getting ready for the week ahead, whatever it is that that will…

  • Its Monday and tales of the Luangwa wildlife

    I hope that you are fabulously well and sitting comfortably ready and raring for another week ahead. Here in the Luangwa we have well and…

  • Its Monday and its the small things

    Hello there! I do hope that you are well and have had a wonderful weekend. Here in the Luangwa, it’s been a constant barrage on…

  • Its Monday and Mobile Walking Safaris with a twist

    Hello there! I hope you are fabulously well and have had a lovely weekend. We start our week with excellent news out of Malawi…borders have…

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    Its Monday and a wildlife fiesta in the Luangwa

    Well, hello there! I hope that you have had a truly wonderful weekend with all sorts of fun and games. Here in the Luangwa, it…

  • Its Monday and wild dogs galore

    Hello there! I hope that you have had a lovely weekend and are sitting ready and raring for the week ahead. Here in the Luangwa,…

  • Video Safari Diaries: Hyenas vs Crocs

    Known for their stamina, hyenas can run for miles on end. This clan is on its way to the water. With full bellies from their…

  • Video Safari Diaries: Leopard Beach

    The hippos have a visitor. This leopard only drinks at the river when the lagoons have dried up. These stealthy spotted cats don’t often venture…

  • Its Monday and exciting new arrivals in Majete

    I do hope that you are all fabulously well and have had a wonderful weekend. Here in the Luangwa well nothing changes in terms of…

  • Its Monday and the power of lucky beans

    Well, hello there! I hope that you are fabulously well and have had a wonderful weekend. Here in the Luangwa the animals continue to entertain…

  • Video Safari Diaries: Baboon Diet

    Baboons spend much time in grassland, feeding on grasses and seeds. But they move long distances, in search of all kinds of food. Being omnivorous, baboons also eat meat.

  • Video Safari Diaries: Leopard Tree Hunt

    Today, the bush seems nervous….for good reason A leopard Below her, unsuspecting prey… slowly walking straight into her trap This is how leopards hunt from…

  • Video Safari Diaries: Feathered Fight Club

    A juvenile fish eagle is feasting away… But It's not alone… A maribu stork is trying to get a free lunch.. The fish eagle is…

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    Its Monday and back to the Majete wilderness…

    Hello there everyone, here we are again another Monday and another packed Its Monday for you all so I hope that you have had a…

  • Video Safari Diaries: Kings vs Queens

    Lions are on the move… But the pride seems uneasy… Male lions are in pursuit… The females hastily lead their cubs away. They don’t seem…

  • Video Safari Diaries: Leopard cub stalks mother

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  • Video Safari Diaries: High Tea with an Eagle

    This Martial eagle has just caught a monitor lizard... It might seem like an odd choice for a meal, but for such a large eagle, there is lots on the menu. From small mammals to other birds and even reptiles!  

  • Video Safari Diaries: Battle for the Bride

    This troop is on high alert… Not for a predator, but for a high-ranking female that’s in heat. The most dominant male needs to defend his mating rights, and the pressure is on!

  • Video Safari Diaries: Clan vs Clan

    This hyena clan has discovered the remains of a lion kill. They sense trouble: …..they’re not alone… the neighbouring clan has also picked up this irresistible scent of food… They act swiftly and assertively.

  • Video Safari Diaries: Playful Leopard Cub

    A small leopard cub, lies in wait for his mother. He is in a playful mood, and she is happy to oblige as mom moves…

  • Its Monday and a rising star within the safari world

    Well, hello there! I hope that you are fabulously well and cracking on with the week ahead. Here in the Luangwa the seasons are definitely…

  • Video Safari Diaries: Impala Testosterone

    These impala rams are “rutting”, a term used when the males actively compete. As winter approaches, fights become a common sight in the bush.

  • It’s Monday and safari insights from Mkulumadzi

    I do hope that you are sitting soundly and healthily at home and ready for another wonderful week ahead. To start you off on the…

  • It’s Monday and a weekend safari with Kiki

    It's Monday and a weekend safari with Kiki Well, hello there! I hope that you are fabulously well and are relaxing into the new week.…

  • It’s Monday and lets get cooking with Chef Simon

    It's Monday and lets get cooking with Chef Simon Well, hello there how are you doing? I hope it has been a lovely weekend and…

  • It’s Monday and the guides on conservation patrol

    Hello there! I hope you are well and have had a wonderful weekend. Here in the Luangwa, we carry on much the same as usual with…

  • Video Safari Diaries: Buffalo vs Lion

    The buffalo herd has spotted trouble. Their ultimate enemy is nearby. Making sure she knows they’ve seen her, they approach.

  • Video Safari Diaries: Giraffe Casanovas

    This bull giraffe seems to be in luck, for he is about to mate with a female. But two other bulls approach and disrupt the…

  • Video Safari Diaries: Newborn Puku

    This female puku has just given birth… Only a few minutes old, the fawn already tries to stand. But it’s still too weak. Fifteen minutes…

  • It’s Monday and what may be a typical day at Pumulani.

    Well, hello there! I trust you have had a lovely and restful weekend and now gearing up for the week ahead. Here in the Luangwa,…

  • Video Safari Diaries: The African Bush

    The African wilderness is abundant with animals. From the smallest to the tallest. Some of them live in social groups while others walk alone. They…

  • It’s Monday and the shared meal

    Well, hello there. I hope that you are marvellously well and are sitting ready and raring for the new week ahead. Here in the Luangwa, let…

  • Video Safari Diaries: Zebra Playfight

    While some zebras enjoy a siesta, others are in the mood to play. These young stallions test each other’s strength. Now they are still just…

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    Its Monday and the new Leopard Legacy film

    Well, hello there! I do hope you have had a fabulous weekend and are sitting comfortably ready for this week’s news, courtesy of Will and…

  • Video Safari Diaries: Giraffe Romance

    This bull giraffe is approaching a cow to test if she’s ready to mate, and he is followed by a curious youngster,

  • Robin Pope Safaris Launches New Malawi Experience

    An exciting new safari from Robin Pope Safari... Robin Pope Safaris Launches New Malawi Experience with African Parks

  • 10 fascinating facts about Malawi

    Discover some fascinating facts about a country which remains a (relatively) niche destination for tourists 10 fascinating facts about Malawi, the unheralded African nation with…

  • Why Zambia Should Be Your First Safari

    South Luangwa’s biodiversity and sheer plenitude of wildlife are its main draws. Read more about it here: Why Zambia Should Be Your First Safari

  • Malawi: From safari to shores

    Malawi is in the business of revival, be it creating Southern Africa’s newest safari destination. Find out more: Malawi: From safari to shores

  • Top 10 most tranquil outdoor showers

    Situated on the southern end of Lake Malawi, Pumulani is nestled in the verdant hills among the trees and rugged outcrops. Dutch architect G. Hooft…

  • Meet Boswell – the Zimbabwe elephant turned YouTube star

    Deep in the heart of Mana Pools National Park, in the shade of a mighty winter thorn tree, an old bull elephant is flapping his…

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    Window into Malawi’s Safari Comeback

    Robin Pope Safari’s intimate new camp in Liwonde National Park gives guests a front-row seat to the country’s conservation wins: Kuthengo Camp Provides a Bespoke…

  • Solo travel in Malawi (Elle Magazine – Quebec)

    Solo travel in Malawi (Elle Magazine – Quebec) Read all about Catherine’s solo adventures in Malawi: Mon voyage en solo au Malawi

  • 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

  • Travel Review: Nkwali (Sydney Chic)

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

  • Robin Pope expands into Zimbabwe (Travelbones)

    Robin Pope Safaris (RPS) has formed a strategic partnership with Zambezi Valley safari operator; Milo Harrup and Sarah Stevens of The Mana Pools Travel Company,…