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Whatever You Do, Don't Run : True Tales of a Botswana Safari Guide
Whatever You Do, Don't Run is a hilarious collection of true tales from top safari guide Peter Allison. In a place where the wrong behavior could get you eaten, Allison has survived face-to-face encounters with big cats, angry elephants, and the world's most unpredictable animals--herds of untamed tourists and foolhardy guides whose outrageous antics sometimes make them even more dangerous than a pride of hungry lions!
Join Allison as he faces down charging lions--twice; searches for a drunk, half-naked tourist who happens to be a member of the British royal family; drives a Land Rover full of tourists into a lagoon full of hippos; and adopts the most vicious animal in Africa as his "pet." Full of lively humor and a genuine love and respect for Botswana and its rich wildlife, Whatever You Do, Don't Run takes you to where the wild things are and introduces you to a place where every day is a new adventure!
In 1994 Peter Allison set off for a year-long stay in Africa. More than a dozen years and hundreds of adventures later, he's still leading safaris and collecting stories. Allison's safaris have been featured in National Geographic, Conde Nast Traveler, and on television programs such as Jack Hanna's Animal Adventures.
At age 19, Australian-born Allison headed to Africa for challenge and adventure, planning to stay no more than a year; having found work as a safari guide, he's still there some 13 years later. In this fun, fearless memoir, Allison shares his experiences taking "guests" through the African wilderness, trips that often don't go quite as planned-due especially to the unpredictability of the animals around them. Allison is a skilled, funny and vibrant storyteller, dishing arcane bits of wisdom like an expatriate Alligator Hunter: "I understand a little bit of monkey language, and 'kwe' is a sound I listened for. It was an alarm... full blown monkey conniptions were reserved for leopards." A hilarious chapter recounting a troubled thousand mile trek through the Kalahari Desert finds Allison trying to wave down a passing truck in the middle of the night: "I realized that the driver would have seen what looked like a very animated sage bush with pasty white hands growing from it... he'd probably go straight to a witch doctor... and ask if there was a curse on him." Along the way, Allison examines his fellow guides, the struggle with exhaustion, getting lost and the temptation to make frequently visiting animals into pets, as well as some poignant asides on love and death.
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1 . Book a Flight to Africa!
Posted May 03, 2011 by Vrodgrl , T-Town, WAFor a person who dreams of Safari, who enjoys adventure and likes a laugh, I highly recommend this read.
2 . Funny good read!!
Posted October 16, 2010 by Lyne , Portland, Ontario CanadaReally enjoyed it. It's a really good read, really funny; I love books that makes me laugh out loud. I will definitively buy his second book.
3 . Great!
Posted August 23, 2010 by Dawn , CharlotteI enjoyed the read. It was fascinating, exciting and well written.
It confirmed that I would rather visit Africa as a tourist than live there. I'd make a lousy tour guide so it was great to live vicariously through Peter.
Thank you, Peter, for sharing your adventures with a keen sense of humor and warm intelligence.
September 30, 2007
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