Don't Look Behind You! : True Tales of A Safari Guide Paperback
In Peter's own words: These are the stories of a not particularly brave safari guide...As a child I knew that I was afraid of heights, and while uncomfortable admitting any phobia, was glad to have only one.
Then I met my first crocodile. Now I know that there are at least two things in the world that unhinge my knees with fear, sour my breath, and overwhelm me with an urge to squeeze my eyes shut and wake up somewhere else.
In this companion to Don't Run, Whatever You Do, Peter Allison encounters ravenous lions, stampeding elephants and lovesick rhinos.
He recounts his hairy, and often hilarious, adventures in a private section of South Africa's famous Kruger National Park and in Botswana's Okavango Delta, where desert animals from the Kalahari make their homes next to aquatic creatures like hippos, and where the unusual becomes commonplace.
It is written with a wonderful, gentle humour evocative of Gerald Durrell.
One can almost feel the heat from the campfire flames as the stories are told.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 272 pages, col. ill
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
- Publication Date: 29/10/2009
- Category: Wildlife: general interest
- ISBN: 9781857885330
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Review by dannN
As a South African, having been to the Okavanga Delta, Etosha in Namibia and various game parks, I can appreciate Peter Allison's love of wild animals. His self-effacing style of writing makes for a very humorous read whilst the reality of a safari guide's life underlies the story. Some jobs are not as glamorous as they might seem! An enjoyable, light read.