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Reasonable read but an irritating author
on 17 August 2015
This book is very entertaining and the author clearly has a great knowledge of Botswana and the animals he obviously admires. His anecdotes are funny, informative and written in an engaging and lively manner. His undoubted love of the wildlife was, however, spoilt for me by his absolute contempt for the 'tourists' he met in the camps where he worked. Having been on safari myself I am quite willing to believe that there are some irritating guests at the safari lodges, but Peter Allison has almost no good words to say for any of them. He portrays almost all of them as ignorant and uninterested in Africa and its wildlife, speaking disparagingly of having to 'encourage' and 'hassle' them into vehicles for early morning game drives and describing bored 'tourists' who don't appreciate the wonders he has found to show them. Most, according to Allison, are simply interested in seeing 'a kill' and the big five and have no interest in birdlife or other fascinating mammals that inhabit the Okavango delta. I personally find it impossible to believe that the majority of people who pay the kind of sum to go on safari to Botswana, without whom incidentally he would have no livelihood as a guide, are the stolid ignorant and irritating creatures he portrays them to be. I bought this book as my husband and I are about to visit Botswana. It has made me very apprehensive that our tour guides will treat us with a similar contempt, although having been on safari to Africa before we are hopeful that this will not be the case. Our Zambian guides were charm itself. This is an interesting read to get a flavour of the area, but I am surprised that very few other readers seem to have found this rather arrogant man as irritating as I did.