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Whatever You Do, Don't Run

True Tales of A Botswana Safari Guide
Allison, Peter (Book - 2014)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Whatever You Do, Don't Run
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A hilarious, highly original collection of essays based on the Botswana truism: "only food runs!" With a new introduction and new material from the author In the tradition of Bill Bryson, a new writer brings us the lively adventures and biting wit of an African safari guide. Peter Allison gives us the guide's-eye view of living in the bush, confronting the world's fiercest terrain of wild animals and, most challenging of all, managing herds of gaping tourists. Passionate for the animals of the Kalahari, Allison works as a top safari guide in the wildlife-rich Okavango Delta. As he serves the whims of his wealthy clients, he often has to stop the impulse to run as far away from them as he can, as these tourists are sometimes more dangerous than a pride of lions. No one could make up these outrageous-but-true tales: the young woman who rejected the recommended safari-friendly khaki to wear a more "fashionable" hot pink ensemble; the lost tourist who happened to be drunk, half-naked, and a member of the British royal family; establishing a real friendship with the continent's most vicious animal; the Japanese tourist who requested a repeat performance of Allison's being charged by a lion so he could videotape it; and spending a crazy night in the wild after blowing a tire on a tour bus, revealing that Allison has as much good-natured scorn for himself. The author's humor 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! New story: People often ask safari guides about the experience that frightened them the most. In this story Peter Allison tells of the time he became aware of unseen danger, and knew that somewhere within meters of him was a hunting lioness. nbsp;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 splits most of his time between Botswana, Sydney, and San Francisco.
Authors: Allison, Peter
Title: Whatever you do, don't run
true tales of a Botswana safari guide
Publisher: Guilford, Connecticut :, Lyons Press, an imprint of Globe Pequot Press,, [2014]
Edition: New and expanded edition
Characteristics: xiii, 258 pages, 16 unnumbered plates :,color illustrations, 1 map ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Peter Allison
ISBN: 9780762796472
0762796472
Branch Call Number: 916.883 A439w 2014
Copyright Date: ©2014
Subject Headings: Safaris Botswana Anecdotes Safari guides Botswana Biography Allison, Peter
Topical Term: Safaris
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Jan 22, 2011
  • vickiboo rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

In this fun, fearless memoir, Allison shares his experiences taking "guests" through the African wilderness, trips that often don't go quite as planned, due especially to the unpredictability of the animals around them.

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