Mark’s #49 – Whatever You Do, Don’t Run: True Tales of a Botswana Safari Guide by Peter Allison (268 pages)

I enjoy reading true stories from people who live different and interesting lives, or who go on adventures I would never think of going on.  Thus, when I stumbled (kindled) across this book, the title and the reviews got my attention.

As the title suggest, this book is a compilation of stories from African safari guide Peter Allison.  His writing style is engaging, insightful, and at times humorous. Along the way, I felt I got a sense for what it would be like to be a safari guide and have some frightening encounters with wild animals such as lions, snakes, wild dogs, hyena, cheetahs, elephants, and cranky tourists… During most of the stories, I was glad to be reading them from the safety of my couch, admiring Peter from a distance.  Though I must admit, having read the book, I have more of an appreciation for the African safari and a desire to go there myself  (as my wife has already done).

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