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DON'T RUN, Whatever You Do: My Adventures as a Safari Guide [Paperback]

Peter Allison
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Book Description

4 Oct 2007
In the tradition of Bill Bryson, a new writer brings us the lively adventures and biting wit of an African safari guide. Peter Allison works as a top safari guide in the Okavango Delta, an oasis of wetland in the middle of the Kalahari desert, rich with wildlife. As he caters to the whims of his wealthy clients, he often has to overcome the impulse to run as far away from them as he can, as these tourists are sometimes more dangerous than a pride of lions! Full of outrageous-but-true tales of the people and animals he has encountered - the young woman who rejected the recommended safari-friendly khaki to wear a more fashionable hot pink ensemble; the drunk, half-naked missing tourist who happened to be a member of the British royal family; the squirrel that overdosed on malaria pills; the monkeys with an underwear fetish; and last, but by no means least, Spielberg the Japanese tourist who wanted a repeat performance of Allison s narrow escape from a pair of charging lionesses so he could videotape it - these hilarious stories reveal Allison s good-natured scorn for himself, as well as others. Allison s humour is exceeded only by his love and respect for the animals, and his goal is to limit any negative exposure to humans by planning trips that are minimally invasive - unfortunately it doesn t always work out that way, as he and his clients discover to their cost when they find themselves up to their necks in a hippo-infested watering hole! Full of essential wisdom like Don t run,whatever you do , and never stand behind a frightened zebra (they are prone to explosive flatulence when scared!), this is a wonderful and vivid portrait of what the life of a safari guide is really like.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Nicholas Brealey Publishing Ltd (4 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857885015
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857885019
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 13.7 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

About the Author

Peter Allison is originally from Sydney, Australia. His safaris have been featured in National Geographic, Conde Nast Traveler, and on television programs such as Jack Hanna s Animal Adventures. He travels frequently to speaking appearances, and divides his time between Botswana, Sydney and San Francisco.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So good... 5 Jun 2008
One of those books you can't put down. Each chapter, of about 5-15 pages is a little story in itself - funny, sad, all moving in some way. I found myself trying to limit the amount I read I enjoyed it so much! A wonderful, simple, uncomplicated and fun book.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A crazy journey 3 Nov 2008
A must have for anybody who has ambitions in the guiding industry or simply a love of wildlife. Full of campfire stories written so you never want to put the book down. This book makes you want to rush out and buy a plane ticket to Africa immediately.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars lots of fun 5 Dec 2008
I thoroughly enjoyed this book - the author has a good sense of humour and is not afraid to admit when he's done something different or just plain stupid. He seems to have a good feeling for Africa and its wild life.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An amusing collection of safari guide anecdotes 23 Mar 2011
By Julia Flyte TOP 50 REVIEWER
Peter Allison was a 19 year old Australian backpacker when he ended up working in the bar at a safari park in South Africa. After a couple of years he progressed to safari guide and moved to a camp in Botswana. This is a collection of anecdotes over the stream of his career. The kind of stories he might tell sitting around the bush fire at night: The time I almost got eaten by a crocodile. Rude tourists that I have encountered. The time I outfoxed the monkeys who were keeping me awake. The time I stranded my tourist group in a hippo pool. The time we got lost in the Okovanga Delta. And so on. Many of the stories are extremely self-deprecating and I can't help suspect that there's been some embellishment along the way, but that only adds to the entertainment factor.

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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining read 1 Oct 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this just after a safari in Botswana. It is laid out as a series of short stories. Very amusing and informative and very true to life on safari in Botswana. Good for either preparation or reminiscing for a safari or just a good general read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WARNING 10 Jan 2010
By Stella
Brilliant book, but please be aware that it is the same as the UK version 'Dont Run, whatever you do'.
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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dont Run Whatever you do 7 Aug 2009
A humerous and delightful and insightful book on the Okavango Swamps.
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
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compulsive read 14 Sep 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Bought this book when it was on offer and enjoyed it so much bought the next in the series at full price. A great mix of serious, funny and thought provoking. The chapters each tell their own short story and you can't help but read just one more!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful
An entertaining description of a safari guide's enthusiasm and love of animals, versus his customers lust for excitement and thrills.
Published 20 days ago by mrs j w white
4.0 out of 5 stars a good read
Not a lot of substance, but raises a smile in places. It certainly shows that if you're going to be a safari guide you have to like the human race as much as the animals.
Published 3 months ago by Mrs. R. Baxter
5.0 out of 5 stars If you go on safari read it.
A combination of humour and horror.True insight of African safari.It will make you want to see Africa are put you off
Published 3 months ago by Denise
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I loved every chapter of this book. Particular the trip trough the desert in an articulated Land Rover.
Definately recommend.
Published 4 months ago by Mr. R. F. Buxton
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful witty and humorous read.
Great read full of adventure written with wit and humour. Made me want to carry on reading and not get to the end.
Published 4 months ago by Dorothy Waddell
4.0 out of 5 stars MAD ON ANIMALS.

Published 4 months ago by Mrs. C. Abbott
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun
I love animals and I am looking forwArd to an african safari so this was a great read for me and an on-site into the life of a guide and safari camps. An entertaining g read
Published 5 months ago by Y. M. Somerville
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read before going on trip to Africa on safari
Brilliant tales and after my experience in africa I can confirm this book is very accurate. Gret little christmas present for a vet student aiming to do a placement in africa.
Published 7 months ago by sharon price
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
Thoroughly enjoyed reading Peter Allison's book and look forward to reading other books by him. He really seems to enjoy his work.
Published 8 months ago by Caroline Graham
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun
Lots of fun stories and a good laugh! The author has been through quite a bit! Beware on your next safari.
Published 9 months ago by Jennifer Susan Gray
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