Travel memoir follows couple’s incredible overland adventure through Africa

Teresa O’Kane highlights her adventures and mishaps in Africa in “Safari Jema: A Journey of Love and Adventure from Casablanca to Cape Town”
(PR NewsChannel) / March 20, 2012 / SAN JOSE, Calif. 

Safari Jema

"Safari Jema" by Teresa O'Kane

Teresa O’Kane is an avid traveler who has spent over two years in Africa. In “Safari Jema: A Journey of Love and Adventure from Casablanca to Cape Town” (ISBN 1463741790), she takes readers on her 10-month adventure of a lifetime through the African continent from top to bottom. Written for anyone interested in Africa, anyone seeking tips on how to take a career break or inspiration to live your dreams, the memoir details how you can turn “one day” into “today.”

O’Kane collected many travel guides, maps and essays over the years and was contemplating buying an extra bookcase to shelve them all. Instead, she and her husband decided to make their dreams a reality and bought one-way tickets to Casablanca. What awaited them there was an adventure unlike any other.

In Morocco, they joined 10 strangers on a trans-African expedition run by an ill-fated, sometimes bitter, sometimes oddly charming Australian mechanic. While the expedition is supposed to travel the West Coast all the way from Morocco to Cape Town, the trip gets side railed in Ghana weeks later when all the bad karma that surrounded the mechanic reached a crescendo, and it became clear to everyone that the expedition would never make it all the way to Cape Town.

However, O’Kane’s trip of a lifetime was far from over; she and her husband were determined to explore the continent as planned. From charging hippos on the Zambezi River to nights spent in a malarial haze in a Tanzanian hospital run by nuns and from contented walks with lions to adrenalin pumping ultra-light flights over Victoria Falls, O’Kane provides readers with a realistic and sometimes hilarious view of Africa and the power of living out a life-long dream. Some of her stories will make you laugh out loud, others may make you shudder, but the journey always paints a picture of Africa as a place of joy and hope.

“‘Safari Jema’ is Swahili for ‘good journey,’” says O’Kane. “There are no words better than those to sum up this exciting, inspiring and eye-opening journey I took into the depths of Africa, her people and myself.”

O’Kane believes there is no other travel memoir like “Safari Jema” on the market, with its detailing of a 50-year-old couple sleeping in a tent and traveling through Africa by local bush taxis, ox cart, camel or dugout canoes. She knows her work will give Western readers a different view of Africa while inspiring them to do the seemingly impossible. Men, women and even teens love the humor and adventure in the book.

“Safari Jema: A Journey of Love and Adventure from Casablanca to Cape Town” is available for sale online at and other channels.

About the Author: Teresa O’Kane lives in San Jose but writes from all around the world. She has restored old homes, owned and ran a small business, sailed a catamaran to Hawaii, lived in Africa and traveled the seven continents with her husband Scott. She attended the University of Hawaii, where she earned a degree in economics and learned to see the humor in life and that experiences, not things, have the greatest value.

Teresa O’Kane
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