Whatever You Do, Don't Run: True Tales Of A Botswana Safari Guide Paperback – June 3, 2014
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Join Allison as he faces down charging lions—twice; searches for a drunk, half-naked tourist who happens to be a member of the British royal family; drives a Land Rover full of tourists into a lagoon full of hippos; and adopts the most vicious animal in Africa as his “pet.” Full of lively humor and a genuine love and respect for Botswana and its rich wildlife, Whatever You Do, Don’t Run takes you to where the wild things are and introduces you to a place where every day is a new adventure!
With a new introduction and new material from the author
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.
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Oct 2014 update
having been to Botswana now i can say this book is even more insightful. the stories are ok but the knowledge of how animals communicate is valuable. it was obvious when the elephants did the low rumble that signaled it was time to move and that identified the matriarch of the group. the alarm calls were easy to spot, tracking was easier. sure we had guides but it was nice to be able to know some of what they were about to say and participate in the conversation and ask good questions. i credit this book with that.
also worth noting that prior to our trip when i told my wife of these stops she quickly said i am not going to africa to see birds. i though i was sunk. on the contrary, the wetland experience is fantastic, not dusty (duh) and the birds are not what you might imaging if you are not a birder. they were graceful nd beautiful and spectacular. we n=both loved the birds and we saw plenty of other stuff in Botswana. elephants and hippos were everywhere, you could not escape them and in the delta you ken get right up to them, literally, in boats. Botswana was amazing. the river and the delta. if you go to Botswana do both. there is nothing like it on the savanna or even in the bush. unique.
To be clear I would suggest this be on your list if you want to glean some insights into life in a remote hunt/photo camp, but "The Last Ivory Hunter: The Saga of Wally Johnson" and "Death in the Long Grass" might be better for the rucksack. The former for both historical perspective of safari in Africa and the sheer (and sometimes terrifying) adventure in that golden age and the latter as insight into animal predation methods. "Don't run" is more a biography, although well written and with a sense of humor, was not as immersive as I would have hoped.
Top international reviews
Such great experiences told with great humour and humility.
This book is a magnet to go there more so than any TV programme.
Just have to read the follow-up.
They are laugh out loud funny and you can almost smell the african bush as he writes so well.
The antics of various tourists and the behind the scenes running of a successful safari are rib ticklingly funny and I read through it at an obscene speed through sheer enjoyment, shame really as I wanted it to last so much longer!
The book is fantastic and it did indeed bring back some fabulous memories of my time in South Africa
Peter Allison writes each story like you’re right there with him. Wish there was a third book.
Quite unusually for books available for Kindle, it's also been properly edited and proof-read - and had chapter markers inserted. Didn't spot a single typo - I've paid much more for other e-books, and they've been poorly formatted and littered with errors!
I read it in about 3 days, I just wanted to keep reading and join in the adventures,
he's written a second book so I look forward to reading that too.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys real life adventures .