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Whatever You Do, Don't Run: True Tales Of A Botswana Safari Guide Paperback – October 1, 2007
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At age 19, Australian-born Allison headed to Africa for challenge and adventure, planning to stay no more than a year; having found work as a safari guide, he's still there some 13 years later. 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. Allison is a skilled, funny and vibrant storyteller, dishing arcane bits of wisdom like an expatriate Alligator Hunter: "I understand a little bit of monkey language, and 'kwe' is a sound I listened for. It was an alarm... full blown monkey conniptions were reserved for leopards." A hilarious chapter recounting a troubled thousand mile trek through the Kalahari Desert finds Allison trying to wave down a passing truck in the middle of the night: "I realized that the driver would have seen what looked like a very animated sage bush with pasty white hands growing from it... he'd probably go straight to a witch doctor... and ask if there was a curse on him." Along the way, Allison examines his fellow guides, the struggle with exhaustion, getting lost and the temptation to make frequently visiting animals into pets, as well as some poignant asides on love and death.
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I enjoyed the authors reminiscing and stories of his adventures in his live as a guide. I found it interesting to see behind the curtain of a job that I'm sure like many others, the public doesn't get to envision. The Australian sounding reader of the Audio Book was very good and translated the stories from page to voice well. A good memoir.
Highly recommended if you're going on safari or if you've been on one, or if you're just curious about what a safari is like.
In all honesty, if you have not been to Botswana I think you will still enjoy the book but not nearly as much as if "you've been there and done that". If you're like us, that might just be the excuse you need to pack a bag and head for Botswana!
If you do go, Peter's book will give you a pretty good idea of the excitement and unpredictability of trekking through the jungles of Botswana in a Range Rover or trying to return to your tent from the camp bar and lounge area late at night. Would we do it again? You bet! In an instant! Our only regret? We were not part of many of Peters stories! But than, we came back with our own set of stories. Enjoy.