Peter Allison is a safari guide who has spent much of the last twelve years leading wildlife-viewing and ecotourism trips in Africa, mostly Botswana. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, he has a self-deprecating sense of humor that makes him an ideal narrator for a book about the challenges and elusive joys of dealing with tourists in the African bush.
"Allison's infectious enthusiasm for both the African bush and his job showing its wonders to tourists is readily apparent." --Booklist "His misadventures make Whatever You Do, Don't Run an absorbing read. . . . The material is rich, and Allison is a gifted storyteller. And the only thing stranger than African fiction is African truth." --National Geographic Adventure "After reading this entrancing memoir, an African safari may move to No. 1 on your travel wish list. The only catch is you'll want the author as your guide." --Chicago Sun-Times
In 1994, Australian Allison began a one-year stint as a safari guide in Africa-amazingly, he's still there. His gift for handling animals and people is apparent in this delightful collection of stories highlighting his varied experiences. Allison's self-deprecating humor is wickedly funny and gives him the freedom to share some of the hilarious stereotypes he encounters on the trail. Deeply moving are his beautiful comments about the animals he so obviously loves-particularly his detailed description of his favorite elephant giving birth right before his eyes. VERDICT Narrator Antony Ferguson is splendid as he captures Allison's quirks and skills along with the very diverse international tour members. Those preparing for a safari or trip to Africa or simply looking for an enjoyable armchair journey will be equally rewarded.-Susan G. Baird, formerly with Oak Lawn P.L., IL (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.