The warm, funny and utterly engaging true story of a young Aussie safari guide who has spent the last twelve years leading tours in the African bush.
Peter Allison was only nineteen when he left Australia for Africa, thinking he might travel around and see a bit of the country before going home to a 'proper job'. But Africa worked its magic, and Peter ended up falling, quickly and completely, in love with the country and its wildlife. Landing in a game reserve in the wildlife-rich Okavango Delta, he became a safari guide and, some twelve years later, his short holiday in Africa isn't over yet.
Whatever You Do, Don't Run is his guide's-eye view of living in the bush, confronting the world's fiercest animals and, most challenging of all, managing herds of gaping tourists. Like the young woman who rejected the recommended safari-friendly khaki to wear a more 'fashionable' hot pink ensemble, or the Japanese tourist who requested a repeat performance of Allison's being charged by a lion so he could videotape it.
Peter Allison - like an affable, younger David Attenborough or a slightly more laid-back Steve Irwin - really knows his wildlife. He's had some extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime experiences. From close encounters with hungry lions, cranky elephants and over-protective honey badgers, there's not much in the African bush that Peter hasn't seen, done or been chased by. His affection for these wild and dangerous animals and his fascination with, and respect for, their often extraordinary behaviour is completely genuine, deep and infectious.
Reading Whatever You Do, Don't Run is like sitting around a campfire late at night and listening to him talking - his stories of the animals and the bush are gentle, warm, funny and utterly engaging.
About Peter Allison
Peter Allison was born in Sydney, Australia. He trained to be a safari guide in the early 1990s and soon thereafter was hired by southern Africa's largest operator to train all of their safari experts. Safaris he has led have been featured in magazines such as Vogue and Conde Nast Traveler (which described him as 'silver-tongued'). He has assisted National Geographic photographers, and has appeared on television shows such as Jack Hannah's Animal Adventures. He has extensive public-speaking experience, and is active with the Athena Foundation, a nonprofit conservation group. He currently divides his time between Australia, California, and Botswana.
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Comments about Whatever You Do, Don't Run:
If you love adventure, living the dream, and living on the edge then this book is for you. The wilds of Africa, specifically Moremi Wildlife Reserve, then you will enjoy the stories that are colourfuly narated throughout the text. You'll laugh as our young Sydney guide gets a group of tourists and his topless landrover almost drowned in rivers, at the bad table manners of dropin guests; the chase of suspected female lions on heat; and the poisonous bite of deadly snakes; the very real threat of malaria, the enchanting delta, the never-ending cautious glances for some of the most cunnning predators on the African continent by guests and guides alike. Other colourful stories include Titus studying to be a witchdoctor, a guide dying, a camp-fire story about Africa's greatest love story, akin to Romeo and Juilet,. Most importantly, the author's dream for conservation, not only in Africa but throughout the world, especially educating the youth of the world reguarding ecotourism, and conservation.
Peter Allison has trained would-be safari guides, assisted National Geographic and appeared on animal shows such as Jack Hana's "Animal Adventures," and is an active member of the Athena Foundation, a not-for-profit conservation group. All in all a great read.
Comments about Whatever You Do, Don't Run:
Loved this book and have re read. Peter Alison is truly gifted with the pen. The book brings Botswana to life and is true to form. The book is realistic, accurate and humorous. This book would suit many audiences and age groups. The authors love for africa really shines through. This is a must have book. All member of my family have read this book and enjoyed.
Number Of Pages: 252
Published: 1st August 2007
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 13.0 x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.26