Whatever You Do, Don't Run

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 06 May, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 06 May, 2012, 12:00am


Whatever You Do, Don't Run
by Peter Allison (read by Antony Ferguson)
Tantor Audio (audiobook)

The title is advice given to Peter Allison in a southern African game reserve. The counsel continues: 'Food runs ... and there is nothing here that you can outrun anyway.' Don't Run is recommended reading if you want an armchair safari experience or you're fascinated by animals often seen only on television. Written by an Australian who at 19 turned a short holiday into a career as a safari guide, it should also be read by anyone contemplating close encounters with wildlife such as the big cats, the first rule for which is never get between a lioness and

her cubs. But mistakes happen, as when Allison accidentally walks along the back of a crocodile thinking it is a log, drives into an old hippopotamus pool, outwits a buffalo that objects to being photographed, and comes face to face with a honey badger, which has a penchant for genital mutilation. Literature this is not, but the Okavango Delta is wonderfully evoked and the adventures are memorable. For its casual style of writing it is narrated a little too formally by Antony Ferguson.