• Safari Jema

  • A Journey of Love and Adventure from Casablanca to Cape Town
  • By: Teresa O'Kane
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Groberg
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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Safari Jema

By: Teresa O'Kane
Narrated by: Jennifer Groberg
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Teresa O'Kane had always longed to see the world. She owned scads of travel books and maps and was about to buy yet another bookcase to hold the many Lonely Planet guides and travel essays that she had accumulated over the years when she turned to her husband and said, "I'm tired of storing our dreams. Let's live them!" Within a month, they bought one-way tickets to Morocco, leased out their home, and set out on a journey of the African continent top to bottom from Casablanca to Cape Town. Transiting 17 countries in 10 months, mostly by public transport, they explored wild, exotic, and historic locations they had only dreamed of and some they had never heard of. From sandy Timbuktu, to a tiny lemur populated island in Madagascar, the author embraces Africa. She strokes the manes of lions, contracts malaria (twice), flies a micro light over Victoria Falls, earns a level one certification as a South African safari guide, discovers that an insect has turned her foot into a nursery for hundreds of eggs, grapples with the negative effects of foreign aid, and rubs elbows with European royalty deep within the Dogon in Mali. O'Kane offers an entertaining and enlightening look into overland travel on the African continent. Filled with helpful budget minded travel tips, this hilarious and inspiring book may find you yearning to take a career break of your own. Teresa is currently on another year long expedition in Africa, this time in her own 1973 Land Rover Series lll named N'doto (Dream). You can follow her travels at teresaokane.blogspot.com

Awards: The Indie Book Award for Best Memoir of 2012 and Finalist for Best Travel Book 2013.

©2012 Teresa O'Kane (P)2016 Teresa O'Kane

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A different kind of safari....

I usually read serious History, Political books based on Africa or the countries within. This was a totally different experience and I loved it.
As a South African who has travelled somewhat extensively through southern Africa but mostly for work, I have often seen travelers such as the author and her husband, taking "bush taxi's" and busses and backpacking through rough neighborhoods. I couldn't help wondering about their experiences. The phrase "fools rush in where angels fear to tread" sometimes came to mind.
This book made me envious of those travelers. Oh but to experience the real grassroots Africa in this manner but just sprinkled here and there with a few good "touristy" experiences such as a time in a luxury lodge and a Vic Falls flyover. Maybe one day...

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Loved this book so much!

I loved hearing about her and her husband's time in Africa and really want to listen to the next book! the narrator was really good!

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LOVE this book!

I am not even finished with this book yet but am absolutely enthralled and in awe of Teresa's ability to tell the story and remember every detail. This is a true adventure of two people who absolutely respect each other, love each other, and have the same goals....which is rare. I can't wait to read the next one! And I have had the pleasure of meeting Teresa and Scott, who are both incredible people. A great read! I will be able to write more after I finish the book but had to at least write how much I love it already! Thanks Teresa and Scott for letting us live vicariously!

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Wonderful Book

I thoroughly enjoyed the Audible version of this fantastic book. The narrator was perfect for the content. Teresa O'Kane was vivid in her descriptions of events and clearly very passionate about traveling to Africa. It was unfortunate that South Africa and Johannesburg were such a disappointment and unsafe place to visit. I had read this and was sad to find this was still true. Otherwise, this was a great travel memoir about the amazing place of Africa. I wish I could visit but the author clearly stated that having bad knees would be problematic. That is fine since I have such wonderful books as this to enjoy. Good gob!!