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Whatever You Do, Don't Run
Whatever You Do, Don't Run: True Tales of a Botswana Safari Guide | Peter Allison
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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 guides-eye view of living in the bush, confronting the worlds 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 continents most vicious animal; the Japanese tourist who requested a repeat performance of Allisons 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 authors 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 invasiveunfortunately it doesnt 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. 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 Hannas Animal Adventures. He travels frequently to speaking appearances, and splits most of his time between Botswana, Sydney, and San Francisco.
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Tove_Reads
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Reading this and getting more and more excited by the minute. Can‘t believe a lifelong dream will come true in just a few days! ❤️🐗🙊🦎🐍🦓🐆🐘🦛🦏 Great book by the way!

Texreader I hope you have a marvelous trip!! 4w
Tove_Reads @Texreader Thank you! I‘m soon on my way 🙂 3w
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Some of the books I received today ❤️ Books, the greatest weapon against so many things on our planet, like ignorance.

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Read for a challenge, I enjoyed his essays. I was lucky enough to go on an African safari last year, so could totally relate. Well, maybe not to the parts about snakes... all around, a fun read!

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CaitZ
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I've been in a major reading funk for a couple of months. I'd pick something up, read a couple of pages, and not be interested in it again. I found this one about a week ago and it kept my interest all the way through. Maybe I'm back on track.

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There are lots of #fantasticbeasts in these stories about a safari guide #newhogwartsadventure

AutumnRLS This sounds awesome! 1y
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Don‘t worry. We‘ll make a plan. #PassportLitsy #Botswana

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You know it‘s a good book when the preface has you laughing. #PassportLitsy #Botswana

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This sounded better than it was for me anyhow. I thought it might have a lot more about all the animals and different trips they went on, but it was more about the job of a person who took people on safaris and things that happened in camp. It had a bit about the animals. I was hoping it might be funny but it was sort of lacking in that area too. An ok book but not great. 3🌟

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