Review: Surviving Your Serengeti

Surviving Your Serengeti – By Stefan Swanepoel

I was amazed at how quickly I read this book.  Part of the reason was the book itself, but the other part was because the typeset was pretty big which made it an easy read.

Surviving Your Serengeti – 7 Skills to Master Business and Life takes you on an African adventure in the Serengeti.  The fable of self-discovery follows the path of a married couple by the name of Sean and Ashley Spencer.  Amy won a trip to the Serengeti and although Sean is battling to keep his business afloat, he accompanies his wife on this three day trip.  When arriving in Africa they unexpectedly meet up with one of Sean’s old college friends, Zachariah.  It’s in this encounter that Amy and Sean are introduced to the seven skills of the African animals:

  1. The Enduring Wildebeest
  2. The Strategic Lion
  3. The Enterprising Crocodile
  4. The Efficient Cheetah
  5. The Graceful Giraffe
  6. The Risk-Taking Mongoose
  7. and The Communicating Elephant

While talking and experiencing Africa with Zachariah, Sean and Amy are intrigued by what they are learning from the animals they are watching.  As their trip comes to an end, they feel empowered by this new way of thinking and look forward to implementing all that they have learned.

I found this book to be informative.  The story surrounding Amy and Sean was entertaining and their Serengeti adventure helped to introduce each animal and the survival skill attached to each one.  The discussions between the characters in the book were easy to follow and although the story was secondary to the lessons being given, it was still an enjoyable story to read.  I was intrigued by the animals and found myself wanting to read on so that I could analyze each one and find out which animal most resembled my strength.

This book would benefit the person who is looking to evaluate or reevaluate themselves.  It can also be used as group study or as a training tool for businesses to help their employees learn their strengths and where they fit within their company.  It can also be used as a resource to parents who want to help their children understand their strength and to help develop their weaknesses.

Overall I was happy with this book and am glad I chose this one to review.

To find out which animal you are, visit the author’s site at or for more information about the book and author.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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