Travel Tales: The African Safari Reader


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THIS SERIES Over the last few decades, I’ve interviewed nearly 2,000 world travelers and adventurers. I am weaving the best of their nearly 10,000 fantastic travel tales into a psychology of travel as revealed by these very telling stories. These are travelers I’ve encountered on planes, trains, buses, ships, tours, safaris, and in campgrounds, bars, cafes, restaurants, and pubs. These courageous travelers have freely shared their most personal travel experiences, some good and wonderful and others even horrific and life-threatening, which I, in turn, get to share with you now through my True Travel Tales series.

THIS BOOK is a collection of African wildlife safari stories including some very scary tales of coming close to possible trouble with wild animals in your African travels but fortunately managing to just escape unscathed. It is also a collection of some of the fearful sorts of things that can and do happen to travelers, but mostly these will not happen to you. But if they do, you get to experience real, raw fear including sometimes fear for your very own life. These are very unsettling occasions that may pop up now and again in your travels. The book includes specific tales of close calls, and, hopefully, even occasional great escapes by travelers, specifically on safari in Africa with lions, snakes, hippos, elephants, Cape buffalos, crocodiles, baboons, hyenas, and more. Please note: another book in our True Travel Tales series, namely Travel Tales: Wild Animals includes all of the African wildlife content included in this book plus more wildlife stories from all around the world.