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Safari Jema: A Journey of Love and Adventure from Casablanca to Cape Town Paperback – January 9, 2012
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About the Author
Award winning author Teresa O'Kane writes about travel and adventure from her home in California and from around the world. In Safari Jema, she and her husband pick of the thread of their dream to transit Africa top to bottom. Teresa is currently on another year long expedition in Africa, this time in a 1973 Land Rover Series lll named N'doto (Dream) You can follow along on her travels at teresaokane.blogspot.com and at facebook.com/safarijema
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Following a loose (and ultimately, almost non-existent) itinerary that allowed them the utmost flexibility in their day-to-day travel decisions, Teresa and her husband took the good and the bad from their trip with equal aplomb. To them, experiencing, enduring, and overcoming the inevitable discomforts, setbacks, and mishaps that occur over the course of a 10-month trek are a significant part of its appeal, and makes life’s luxuries (like an occasional tall Gin and Tonic at sundown) even more treasured.
An added bonus to Safari Jema is the first-time author’s remarkably skillful writing. Whether detailing up close and personal encounters with lions, baboons, elephants and a terrifyingly territorial hippo or marveling at the majestic beauty of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Victoria Falls, and the countless rivers and lakes upon which shores she and her husband pitched a tent, Ms. O’Kane describes a spectacular continent not always conforming to the Africa in most of our imaginations.
But perhaps most enjoyable to the reader is the humor and warmth “Tris” conveys in her writing. Page after page and chapter after chapter, her keen wit and self-deprecating style (which, incidentally, mirrors the “lack of pretense” she finds so appealing about the African people) leaves one chuckling out loud. Meanwhile, through her empathetic conversations with locals and fellow travelers, her expressed admiration of Africa’s men and “never-idle” women who feel “blessed by life despite how hard it (is)” (and the corollary realization that “hardship needn’t always displace contentment”) – and most certainly through her frequent interactions with the largely happy and joyful African children – Tris reveals an underlying kind-heartedness at her core that makes it easy for the reader to share not just her experiences, but also her emotions.
As awesome as its flora, fauna and geography are, Tris makes clear that the joy of Africa lies largely in her people.
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 Africa, where the truck was to disembark.
This is where their many adventures begin. I loved this book as it was a bit different in the style in which the author portrays Africa, you do get your usual Safari's etc, but they seem to do a lot of it, in a different way from other books I have read on African travel. The way the author talks about the small things that bring them joy on this continent, the people and their ways, the transportation, food etc. It was a very refreshing, and very personal story.
We follow them as they have for the most part, some wonderful and unique experiences. In the beginning and at the end they talk about some of their previous trips, and of how anyone can make these trips possible. I look forward to more of their travels.
I had the great pleasure of meeting and spending the time with the author and her charming husband on a recent trip around the Indian Ocean. They are two of the most delightful and engaging people I have ever met and it was a privilege to hear their stories about Africa firsthand. Upon returning home, I promptly purchased Teresa's book and was delighted to find that reading her witty prose was like having a another one of our great conversations. Safari Jema is funny, inspiring, thought provoking, and heart warming. It is a window into what life is like if you are open to new ideas and you approach each new experience with excitement and wonder rather than the cynicism that often creeps in with adulthood. This is a book that enriches your mind and your soul.
I hope that there will be a follow-up to this book before too long. In the meantime, I will enjoy reading her fantastic blog and living vicariously through the great adventures of Scott and Teresa.
Tris has a great sense of humor and made me laugh out loud often. Of course I couldn't help but feel envy at the bravery of the overland journey through, what I know from reading, are some pretty dangerous places. I want to raft the Zambezi too the next time I go, but I'll surely be afraid like she was.
Thank you Tris and Scott for sharing your life and your adventure!
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