- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Nicholas Brealey Publishing Ltd (4 Oct. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1857885015
- ISBN-13: 978-1857885019
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.2 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
DON'T RUN, Whatever You Do: My Adventures as a Safari Guide Paperback – 4 Oct 2007
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'He writes beautifully and viscerally about the rhythm of bush life...This is an absorbing book: as a reader you can't help but get caught up in the author's infectious enthusiasm for Africa's beauty and its beasts. On turning the last page, booking the first plane out to Botswana was most tempting.' —TNT Magazine
'Peter Allison's engaging account of his life as a safari guide in the Botswana bush complete with flatulent zebra's and accident-prone tourists.' --Wanderlust
Peter Allison's engaging account of his life as a safari guide in the Botswana bush complete with flatulent zebra's and accident-prone tourists. --Wanderlust
About the Author
Only 19 when he left Australia, Peter Allison arrived in Africa thinking he'd have a short holiday before going home to a 'proper job'. But Peter ended up falling in love with the continent and its wildlife, and after a few years was hired by Southern Africa's largest safari operator to train all their experts; over a decade later, his short holiday in Africa still isn't over.
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My initial impression when I started reading was that Allison was rather annoying, but he won me over by the sheer entertainment value of his stories. This is not the best book if you're wanting a serious read about animals and their behaviour, but it will definitely create the urge to head off on safari. A very engaging and amusing collection of stories. Recommended.
While there are some photographs included, I wish there were more - specifically it would be good to include a honey badger and a genet.
If this whets your appetite for similar reads, I recommend Backseat Safari, which is written by a nature photographer working in Southern Africa.
Good to read if you intend visiting these swamps or need to know about Ranger / tourist life in the swamps. The author is Australian and how he has adjusted to Wild Life and African expierences. Mossies - mice - lions - elephants and drowning Land Rovers .. German tourists and bird watchers.. all make up the fun of the book
Unfortunately, having bought both books for a present, I was unaware of this until I went on to Peter Allison's website. Amazon treats these books as different too.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very easily readable - entertaining & fun! Small chapters made it manageable even for a knackered evening reader!Published 1 month ago by Natalie Haupt
Really loved this book. Peter caught the mood of the country and its people, I just kept wishing I was back there being shown around by guides just like him.Published 3 months ago by Mrs C Silvester
Book was class as good condition, I would have classed it as excellent. well pleasedPublished 4 months ago by ron atkinson
Although this book has some interesting stories, the majority of it comprises summaries of unprofessional behaviour that borders on infantile. Read morePublished 5 months ago by SnowCat
Interesting tales but the impression left with me is one of an immature irresponsible safari guide. Pity really as so many of the guides I have met on my many trips to Southern... Read morePublished 5 months ago by MR S MCKAY
This book is very entertaining and the author clearly has a great knowledge of Botswana and the animals he obviously admires. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Charlie Ferret