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on 3 January 2014
The author is a great story teller, it is very easy to get completely taken away by all the different characters (both human and wildlife) that are encountered. With a keen eye for the weird and absurd it is very clear that the author really loves the continent and all its inhabitants, which shines through all the stories.

A must-read for anyone who has or will travel through Africa.
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on 13 August 2015
Entertaining and brings back many memories of my times in Africa.
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on 25 December 2016
This book was first published in 2011, has 199 pages, 5 chapters, 20 B/W photos but no maps. The book is dedicated to 'Hope' and 'George'. MAT DRY was travelling on a land trip from Cape Town to Livingstone, when a met a big Afrikaans called Barry at a bar in Chobe River, Botswana. Barry is a safari guide and Dry gets interested in his life. In 2006, Dry leaves his job as a director of Tennis Club and joins a safari guide school in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. He qualified as a guide in 2007 and in 2008, he joined African Travel Company for 4 years as a Safari Guide, in Eastern and Southern Africa. Since then, he has formed his own travel company- TIA Safaris (TIA - This is Africa).
Learning to be a guide on walking safaris, Dry has to face a large male black rhino. A Mozambique spitting cobra visits the travellers and slowly disappears into the bush. Before the sundown, the Land Rover is surrounded by buffalo and white rhinos. Dry had to speed past cow elephants and their young. Few of his visitors want to see a 'kill' on safari game drive. They see 2 male oryx fighting seriously, wounding each other. If you need something done quick in Africa, suggest you are willing to pay a 'fine' (bribe) or 'chai'. If traveling in a bus is worse, then travelling in a Matatu (mini bus -three more), is much worse in Africa.
Racing after a monitor lizard, Dry catches him, who then plays dead (thanatosis) and puts out foul smelling poo. Dry tries the bite of Namaqua chameleon. Next, Dry is chasing Cape Cobra, scorpion and skink lizard. He and his friends rescue 2 people from a truck wreckage on Zambian Highway. Dry explains the rules of visiting a toilet at night, when staying in the wilds of Africa, especially when surrounded by buffalo, who do not mock charge.
Dry has to deal with a big man on safari in Serengeti Camp at night, with Lariam induced psychosis. (Having visited Serengeti 6 times, we have never seen a taxi arrive there, in the middle of nowhere). Bull elephants can really come very close to your Land Rover. We saw this in Ngorongoro Crater, perhaps just checking or curious. This wonderful experience was also felt by Dry with Addo bull elephants - 'Norman' and 'George', in his Reserve.
Some other books of interest are:-
(1) Dangerous Beauty, Mark Ross, 2003
(2) A Guide's Guide, Thompson, 2006
(3) Don't Look Behind You, Peter Allison, 2009
(4) Safari Companion, Swan, 2012
(5) This is Africa 2, Mat Dry, 2014
(6) Africa Bites, Temple Camp, 2015
(7) Legendary Safari Guides, Susie Cazenove, 2015
(8) African Safari Field Guide, Mark Nolting, 2016
(9) Safari Guide Tales, Gavin Ford, 2015
(10)Don't Run, Peter Allison, 2016
Having born in Kenya, I found this book interesting.
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on 16 July 2012
Having been on one of his trips from Nairobi to Cape Town, one of which one of his stories comes from, I know Mat Dry is an incredible man with an amazing fascination with all things living from beasts, to creepy crawlies - and he'll happily find you one! There was nothing better than being guided by someone this is truly fascinated and in love with what they do, but also great with people. And this has gone with him into his book. He laughs as himself about his almost obsessions and it is these that occasionally get him into trouble - but in his eyes it will always have been worth it.
The stories in this book are real, just imagine if your life was like that! Real adventures in one of the most beautiful and most dangerous countries on earth and Mat is part of it every day.
A truly wonderful man, with an amazing life in an incredible country, who now has a book to capture it all.
It's a great read about real stories in Africa.
JF
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on 29 April 2012
Got this book through my American friend as wasn't available on the UK Amazon website when published and it was definitely worth the hassle. Read from the book from the front to back in one go as it is a real page turner. Felt teleported to Africa while laughing and crying through the read. Mat educates you about Africa, animals, nature and his passion in more ways than expected. Warning - once you read this book, you will be booking an experience of a lifetime with TIA Safaris.
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on 1 April 2012
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Fascinating, hilarious and heart wrenching. It gives you a real flavour of the wonders of safari in Africa and why Africa is so special. Because it is written by a safari guide himself, it also makes it an authentic, thought provoking, and inspiring read. If you are thinking of going on safari in Africa, do read this first, as it will be the perfect preview to the exhilarating experience that lies ahead.
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on 27 June 2013
Fab book...makes you feel like your there with the author.Anyone who loves wildlife must read! We must protect the wildlife for future generations.
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on 21 March 2012
Brilliant read, I've been on a tour with Mat & this book takes me right back there, his enthusiasm & love for the African bush/life comes through in every story. If you like animal/travel stories, you'll enjoy this. Just wish it was longer - look forward to the sequel.
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on 10 June 2013
Fascinating tales from the bush, nicely recounted. I enjoyed the anecdotes, which were portrayed drily and humourously. A good, light read, but well-written and packed with information and interesting facts.
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on 19 February 2014
I couldn't put this book down. Every chapter telling a different and fascinating story of adventures that Mat had as a safari guide. Very easy to read being interesting, funny and at times sad. Loved it!
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