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What could possibly go wrong in paradise?

Tired of mortgage and car payments, thirty-something Andrew and Gwynn, and their Siamese cat, sold everything they owned and escaped their humdrum nine-to-five existence for life in paradise — a tiny island accessible only by boat or air in one of the remotest spots on Earth: the Okavango Delta in Botswana.

Woefully inexperienced, they took control of a luxury game lodge where the rich and famous went to sip G&Ts with lions and elephants.

Trouble soon followed.

Their lives were threatened daily by snakes, elephants, baboons, and a hyena with a plastic fetish. Not to mention the endless—and often insurmountable—challenge of keeping their five star guests fed in a world where the closest supermarket was an air flight away.

Amongst others, their guests included a famous Hollywood director, some French aristocrats, a Mafia lawyer, world famous singers, and the England cricket captain.

Light-hearted and humorous, this action-packed story—peppered with some suspense— will enthrall you with its unique look at life in wild Africa.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 8288 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Publisher: 4xOverland LTD (20 Feb. 2015)
  • Sold by:  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00TVFJ98Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled

Customer Reviews

good story

 on 22 June 2016
By dragon53
OMG some people are insane. why would you give up a good job to go and live in the middle of Africa to run a game lodge ??? It sounds like a dream come true until you really sit down and think about what the job entails. if you have a busy/stressful job why would you give it up to work somewhere where there are no shops, doctors/hospitals, sounds idyllic until you realise that in order to get food/drink/supplies a plane is required except in bad weather then you’re stumped.

Compulsive reading

 on 26 September 2016
By KeithRWB
This book has given me some late nights when I should have been getting some sleep but I just couldn’t put it down. I like the way alternate chapters were written by Andrew and Gwynn.

Botswana or Bust!

 on 19 April 2015
By Herbert Lom
Not just a run of the mill romance story with added sun, wild animals and friendly locals, no, this is a very engaging insight into a couples struggle to overcome discrimination and bias and dealing with someone who is intent on ‘divide and rule’, at the same time manage a holiday lodge in a place that has no real protection against either wild animals or wild weather. The books characters have personality and presence, some you will like…others you wont. The book is shared authorship, different chapters told by each author, and it works very well. i loved the book, i just wish it had been longer.

I loved this book

 on 23 December 2015
By Sweet Chestnut
Oh how I loved this book and its characters – the good the bad and the downright rude. Overcoming the day to day trials, occassional terror and many happy times. It was not about the animals of Africa, but about living the dream – the dream of escaping and running a camp, which they did with aplumb. At the start of this book I considered the strange title many times, but having read the book, it is indeed an admiral choice. Torn Trousers so much a part of this story – what an accolade :0)

Great read for Safari Fans

 on 9 December 2016
By Ann, Nottingham
A chance purchase but thoroughly enjoyed. Took me right back to a stay in the Okavango a few years back. Even down to the bush fires, which we witnessed in the distance but weren’t brave enough to hang around! I feel introduced to some great characters and it has given me a real inside view of how it must be to run a camp. I am sure that I will be a much more considerate lekgoa in the future!

Okavango Experience

 on 13 May 2015
By Thatchbonce
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book as it brought back poignant memories of my two visits to Okavango. I thought Andrew and Gwynne were very brave taking on the job of camp managers knowing all the pitfalls that can befall you in the bush, especially when you have a business to run. I loved reading about the staff and how nice they were. I would recommend anybody who wants to know about the Okavango to read this wonderful book.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who is no longer living …

 on 5 May 2015
By Flo
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is no longer living in Africa, but their heart and roots are. And anyone else for that matter. I know that you will really enjoy this story, as much as I did. Andrew and Gwynn draw you into to their world, as it was then and have you totally hooked. The story is so well written that I felt as though I was one of their guests at the Camp. Their humour is very refreshing and I laughed out a loud many times. The day to day obstacles must have been challenging, but they just got on with it and certainly appeared to have given the experience 100 percent of themselves.
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