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Teresa O’Kane had always longed to see the world. She owned scads of travel books and maps to prove it 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 ticke ...more
238 pages
Published March 9th 2012 by Amazon/createspace (first published January 9th 2012)
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☯Cathrine
Jan 08, 2016 ☯Cathrine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone with a sense of adventure
4.25

From Casablanca to Cape Town, Africa, they had a safari jema, a good journey.

I couldn’t do it at this time in my life, probably never, but they did and still do. I really enjoyed traveling vicariously with this couple. Every chapter was enjoyable, humorous, and the real deal. You can put it down and pick it up anytime without losing a sense of their story or confusion about time and place. I read it in sections in-between other reads. It was a refreshing palate cleanser of sorts in-between o
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Angie
Mar 05, 2012 Angie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In 2004 I visited Africa for an epic seven month journey. It was for me the beginning of a new life as it opened up the possibiities of the vastness of the globe. Teresa was on that same journey, at least for part of the trip and writes honestly and with great enthusiasm about her love of adventure and new places. I had tears in my eyes as I recalled those moments of driving down the west African coast which she evokes so clearly. Even if you weren't on that "truck" you will enjoy following this ...more
Jonel Boyko
Feb 25, 2016 Jonel Boyko rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m always leery when I pick up a memoir. I never know what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised with Safari Jema. This story is extremely well written and keeps you coming back for more. Everything was laid out in such perfect clarity. It has a brilliant flow to it that makes for a very easy and enlightening read. I couldn’t put it down for a second.

O’Kane illustrates the cultural diversity found within the continent of Africa. She also illustrates the trials and rewards of traveling the cont
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Mary Jo
May 17, 2015 Mary Jo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fun read of adventure

An east to read, story of adventure and situations encountered in a most rewarding trip through Africa. I loved the way this amazing couple "flowed" through all of their situations and the beauty they found.
Crystal
I won this book from GoodReads, and it turned out to be a fun read. The chapters are each a story in themselves, so it's easy to read in bite-sized chunks without worrying about losing track of where the story is going.
Diane Kuhn
Jan 23, 2013 Diane Kuhn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"A Journey of the Heart" through Africa

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Teresa and her husband, Scott, do what I call "real travel" as opposed to "insulated travel" such as one does on organized group trips or from a cruise ship. This is the kind of travel I most admire even though I have more often taken the easier path. Everyone interested in Africa and in love with travel of any kind will enjoy Safari Jemi. Teresa's adventures and encounters with fellow travelers, Africans, and wildlife are ex
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Stephanie
May 06, 2012 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Safari Jema tells the true story of a husband and wife who traveled through Africa for ten months. It documents all of the funny and sometimes scary situations they found themselves in. It also gives tips about what places you cannot miss and the best and safest ways to travel. For the most part, I really enjoyed the book. Sometimes I felt the the author was a little harsh when she was describing some of the people she had met. Even so, after finishing the book, I felt eager to be able to travel ...more
Lucy
Mar 07, 2016 Lucy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: africa
The author gave me a copy of this book at a writing conference last year and I just read it while on vacation in Tanzania and Kenya. It's a fantastic resource for anyone looking to travel in Africa--full of interesting insights and good tips about making an overland trip work.
Gabrielle W.
Mar 30, 2012 Gabrielle W. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Safari Jema took me by surprise. I'm not really into these 'journal' type books, but I really did like this book.
At first, for me, the book started out a little slow but after the first few chapters I was hooked.
Unlike travel books, National Geographic magazine, or TV shows, I feel like this book gave you a true insiders look at Africa.
There are so many amusing stories in this book; and Teresa O'Kane makes sure to include wonderful details.
I should also add that, the way they afford to do the
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Desiree
Aug 25, 2015 Desiree rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I was enthralled. Though it took me a while to read, I couldn't wait to finish this book, but I was sad when it was done. I google image searched different things that were mentioned so I could "see" them, too. I have always wanted to take a short trip to Africa, and now that I've finished reading about their trip I want to leave tomorrow!

Alas, my family is unable to take off adventuring, maybe someday. Until them this book has opened my eyes to travel books for me to journey vicariously though.
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Douglas Elkins
Jan 14, 2015 Douglas Elkins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is a very well told story , excellent writing.

Having traveled to Africa myself I recommend this book to have a good understanding of travel ( both the joys and travails) in Africa.

The stories about areas that are less traveled such as Mali, Ethiopia and Madagascar give you a real sense of the people and place.

The little discussion between Teresa and Scott are priceless and will make you smile.
Joann
Dec 09, 2014 Joann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great trip this was for me. I really enjoyed this author and felt like I was there with her from Casablanca to Cape Town. I was constantly writing down some of the places she visited to later check on them on the internet. I even checked out Bot Fly - yuck, but interesting. If you like travel memoirs, as I do, I heartily recommend this book. This was well written and interesting.
Cash Fitch
Feb 27, 2013 Cash Fitch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book from goodreads giveaways. It was a great read and was very entertaining. I have always wanted to visit Africa but know I will never get there the book gave me a taste of what I'll be missing. Maybe it will inspire me to follow my dreams a visit there as well
Gillian
Jun 08, 2012 Gillian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book through Goodreads and it was exactly that a good read. There are some very comical bits to the book like when you are introduced to their travelling companions and some really fascinating bits such as when they get Timbuktu. Great book that i enjoyed reading!
Dara
Oct 13, 2012 Dara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A terrfic book! I loved the adventure of this book and how Teresa and Scott totally enjoy their experiences so matter what happens. They have an open mind and know how to enjoy and take in other cultures. If I was going on a trip, I'd want them with me!
Megan
Mar 22, 2013 Megan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a Goodreads win and I absolutely enjoyed it! I wish I could pack up and go on an African Safari. Each chapter is like its own separate story. Quite the adventure.
Jayne
Jun 29, 2013 Jayne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautifully written book. Could not put this down and has inspired me and fuelled my dream to return to Africa for my 50th. This is a book I will read many times.
Laura
Apr 18, 2013 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved, loved, loved this book! I couldn't do what Teresa and Scott did but I felt as if I were in Africa along with them. Wonderful writing and subject!
Susan
Jun 22, 2015 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the best travel narratives of Africa I've ever read. Entertaining, exciting, informative, humorous, and very well written.
Therese Wiese
San Jose couple leases out their home and spends 8 months traveling around Africa. I wouldn't do it,but loved her stories!
Charmaine
Dec 31, 2013 Charmaine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
would like to read this, but can't seem to get it in e-reader format! Got it on Kindle and loved it!
Karelle
May 15, 2014 Karelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A thoroughly enjoyable read. I loved the author's "can do" attitude and sense of adventure.
Alison
Feb 25, 2016 Alison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: africa, travel, memoir
Teresa O'Kane and her husband Scott, on this trip to Africa, plan to go from Casablanca to Cape Town.
In the beginning they sign up with an Australian mechanic who was building an overland truck in England Intending to drive it from England to Cape Town South Africa, and was looking for adventurous people, to share the experience and cost of the trip. They flew into Casablanca , and the following day with local transportation met the truck in the port city of Cueta, on the Northernmost tip of Af
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Teresa O'Kane
Apr 19, 2012 Teresa O'Kane rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Teresa O’Kane had always longed to see the world. She owned scads of travel books and maps to prove it and was about to buy yet another bookcase to hold the many Lonely Planet guides and travel essays that she and her husband 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 C ...more
elaine m. suda
Aug 28, 2015 elaine m. suda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
African Journey

Thank you for this amazing journey from Casablanca to Cape Town. I thought you were very courageous during your travels and sometimes I thought you were very daring. All in all, I found your journey totally fascinating. I look forward to reading more of your work.








Jeanne
Aug 30, 2015 Jeanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A well done journal of a very long trip through Africa.
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Award winning author Teresa O'Kane writes from around the world and from her home in San Jose California. She has restored old homes, owned and operated a small business, sailed a catamaran to Hawaii, lived in Africa and traveled the seven continents all with her lover and husband (same person) Scott. She earned her degree in Economics from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, which is where she lea ...more
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