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

By (author) Peter Allison

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A charming, off-the-wall and thoroughly entertaining travel book recounting the true-life adventures of a young safari guide living in the Botswana bush, confronting the world's fiercest terrain and wildest animals and, most challenging of all, herds of gaping tourists. Despite the fact that 'I had none of the qualities you would expect of a rugged bush man...I'm markedly uncoordinated, can't repair vehicles or understand how they work, I don't like guns, and sweat profusely when nervous or excited...which is exactly how watching animals makes me feel', Peter Allison works as a top safari guide in the Okavango Delta, an oasis of wetland and wildlife in the middle of the Kalahari desert. Full of outrageous-but-true tales of the people and animals he has encountered - the half-naked missing member of the British royal family; the mouse that overdosed on malaria pills; the monkeys with an underwear fetish; and last, but by no means least, 'Spielberg' the video-obsessed Japanese tourist - Allison's stories are often self-deprecating and always hilarious. Full of essential wisdom like '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. Peter's humour is exceeded only by his love and respect for the animals. The next best thing to sitting around a campfire late at night and listening to him talking, 'Don't Run Whatever You Do' is warm, funny and utterly engaging.

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 25mm | 340.19g
  • 04 Oct 2007
  • NICHOLAS BREALEY PUBLISHING
  • London
  • English
  • B&W map
  • 1857885015
  • 9781857885019
  • 31,902

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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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'He writes beautifully and viscerally about the rhythms 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 to 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 zebras and accident-prone tourists.' -Wanderlust

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