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Sense Africa Five Ways

This book is very different to a travel guide. It is a first-hand collection of stories from someone who has fallen in love with everything about Africa – its sights, smells, tastes, sounds, and the things you can touch. From tales of hungry lions to climbing mountains, explore Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe.

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(24 customer reviews)

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Description

Africa is the world’s second largest and second most-populous continent. At about 30.3 million km², including adjacent islands, it covers 6% of the Earth’s total surface area and constitutes 20.4% of its total land area.

I’m always surprised when people refer to ‘Africa’ as a country, although it is a common occurrence. Africa is made up of 54 countries, all of which are unique and diverse in their own way. It is larger than China, India, the USA, and most of Europe combined.

The countries that I explore in this book are all located in southern Africa; Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe.

Pick up a guidebook to southern Africa and it will no doubt give you useful facts and figures. It may even attempt to describe the food you could eat, or the animals you might see.

This book is very different to such guides. It is a first- hand collection of stories from someone who has fallen in love with everything about Africa – its sights, smells, tastes, sounds, and the things you can touch.

From tales of hungry lions to climbing mountains, reading this book will stimulate all of your senses, and leave you wanting to experience at least some of it for yourself.

Additional information

Weight N/A
Pages

248

Imprint

Wordcatcher Publishing

MainBISAC

TRAVEL / Africa / South

PubDate

20171115

Series

Wordcatcher Real Life Stories and Biographies

24 reviews for Sense Africa Five Ways

  1. Joy Harcup

    We have very much enjoyed looking through the photographs. How evocative they are. I especially liked the cheetah shots and Swaziland portraits. Your wonderful Sossusvlei landscapes also reminded me of my wonderful travels there in the 90s.

  2. Geoff Manger from London, England

    Eswatini, ruled by King Mswati III, is a landlocked country bordering Mozambique to the west and South Africa’a spectacular Drakensburg mountain range to the east. I had recently returned from a tour of the independent kingdom – formerly known as Swaziland and where the Oscar-nominated actor Richard E Grant was born and raised – with a small and engaging group lead by Jenny Bowen who for many years has organised boutique safaris across the region. The tour included several imaginative and revelatory game drives and walks, as well as opportunities to experience the nation’s traditions and ceremonies. We were also able to meet a number of local groups who rewarded us with abundant hospitality, including food offerings which were tasty and plentiful. Now Jenny has produced a wonderful pictorial – sense africa – published by Wordcatcher, fully capturing the essence of countries she has visited across southern Africa, the vibrancy of its joyous and welcoming peoples, their festivals and traditions. Above all here is a portrayal of exceptional wildlife photography from Jenny’s personal archive, displaying a masterful appreciation of the fantastic array of fauna around most every turn, as well as exhibiting anticipation, timing and composition that is hard to emulate. This marvelous compilation is complemented by some personal anecdotes of close encounters of the animal kind and a thoughtful narrative of one of Eswatini’s unique festivals. Whether bought as eye candy for the coffee table or as a naturalist’s delight, ‘sense africa with Jenny’ provides the perfect introduction to this vivid and mercurial landscape.

  3. Kay from Clevedon

    Love this book, such amazing photos! Jenny is definitely an experienced expert in this field.

  4. Jemima from Hampshire

    A fabulous book with stunning photos, which really captures the essence of southern Africa.

  5. Elaine Webster

    What an amazing book!

    Jenny gives a fabulous insight into what you would be able to experience on a holiday of a lifetime to Africa. The photography is outstanding and you cannot help but dream of being there and seeing the sights. Every picture tells a story. Jenny’s memoirs through out the book are a great read, you can actually feel the adrenaline pumping in the hungry hippos tale! How fantastic does the traditional dancing in Swaziland look! I adore these photos of the children, you can see their enjoyment and happiness, this shines through the photos. The colours and the vibrancy, as Jenny says once seen, never forgotten! However, I think my favourite has to be the lions and their cubs, what impressive animals these are. The photo of the male lion is so clear that you can actually look into his eyes and feel his strength and fearlessness!
    Jenny and her team planned a fantastic trip, for my husband and I in 2017 which we’ll never forget. I can truly recommend Sense Africa and this book which has pride of position placed on my coffee table so I can just pick it up and relive some of my own memories of a unforgettable country!

  6. Amazon Customer

    Great book – really enjoyable travel literature and an ideal book to take on safari or on a flight. The short stories are entertaining, and enlighten you on the culture and ecology of Africa. Will enhance your safari experience, or make you want to go!

  7. Duncan Laker from UK.

    Jenny’s writing took me right back to Africa, capturing the sensations I remember. From the places that Jenny has already sent me, to places I must go in the future this book certainly piqued the senses and reminds me that Africa is made up of so many places, experiences and colours. Thanks Jenny for this great read, I’m sure it will encourage travelers, new and old, to visit all these fabulous destinations and experiences.

  8. starforth

    Enjoyable & fascinating! I love the format of this book: a virtual trip round Africa through the senses (with an extra chapter for ‘non’sense!) Jenny’s knowledge of African wildlife and her honest and lively storytelling make for a fascinating read. If you have been on safari you’ll probably read this with nostalgia & a desire to return. If you haven’t been then you’ll definitely want to!

  9. Fee

    An original format for personal recollections! Jenny is a great storyteller and we loved reading this book, many familiar and entertaining elements but in an original format under the banner of the five Senses. Read it and be completely immersed in the wonderful world of the African Bush! We had the pleasure of meeting Jenny at the Destinations Travel Show, she is as delightful as her story telling.

  10. Simon Hall

    Colourful, descriptive and from the heart An excellent book for anybody intending to visit southern Africa. The book is an easy to read collection of anecdotes that bring to life the African wilderness from Lions to loos.

  11. Kay James from Clevedon UK

    Loved this book ! I have never been to Africa but this book has sparked my interest. So nice to have a travel book in short story format, it made the experience so much more personal. I definitely recommend this book as it is funny, interesting and very easy to read.

  12. Karen Easterbrook

    All the family have read it – suitable from 8 years old to an old grumpy dad! Quote: ‘Amazing, I recommend to anyone who is interested in Africa or don’t know it yet’ Edgar age 12

  13. Mike M from Clevedon, UK

    If you’re looking for a straight-forward read that really brings Africa to life, then this is it! The book is laid out in short chapters, each of which captures tit-bits of the author’s experiences, expertise and adventures, beautifully described and really creating a sense (no pun intended) of being there.

  14. Shirley from North Somerset

    Read this book over a couple of days whilst sitting in my garden last summer. It is a fast moving collection of stories and experiences which brings Africa and all that it offers to life using all the senses. Jenny has so many memories from all her travels which she shares beautifully and which highlight the special magic which Africa offers. Having travelled there once, it definitely made me want to go back and see more.

  15. Nigel Sutton from Clevedon

    What a refreshing approach to gaining an insight in to what is clearly an amazing place. It’s gone straight on to my bucket list.

  16. Elle Parker

    A fantastic Christmas read! Loving it so far and I’m sure mum will be reading it straight after me. Happy Christmas Jenny!

  17. Karen Paolillo

    Jenny’s book is a fresh look at Africa as she lives each adventure she has them using, as the title suggests, one of her five senses. It is well written and takes you along on the ride. We are slightly biased on the one section as it is about our life here in Africa with the hippos. The rest though is true blue Jenny, funny, captivating and saying it how it is. I highly recommend it. Only issue I have is as a vegetarian turning Vegan there was one section of the book I did not want to read but only one and the rest was great. If you want to learn about Africa this is the book for you.

  18. Simon Hall

    An excellent book for anybody intending to visit southern Africa. The book is an easy to read collection of anecdotes that bring to life the African wilderness from Lions to loos.

  19. Sue Manson

    If you need any inspiration to visit Africa, this is the book that will be the decider. It is written by someone who clearly not only has in depth knowledge of several countries in the continent but her passion for all things Africa just shines through every entertaining story. I think that all readers will be secretly envious of the amazing adventures that Jenny has experienced in the course of her ‘work’ but will possibly enjoy reading about some, as opposed to having experienced them first hand!

  20. Samantha Bell

    I love the format of this book: a virtual trip round Africa through the senses (with an extra chapter for ‘non’sense!) Jenny’s knowledge of African wildlife and her honest and lively storytelling make for a fascinating read. If you have been on safari you’ll probably read this with nostalgia & a desire to return. If you haven’t been then you’ll definitely want to!

  21. Gemma Smith

    It is a series of enjoyably digestible short stories and a great insight into Africa. Having travelled to Africa a number of times I can semi relate to the stories, although nothing quite as exciting has happened to me!. But even if you have not then it is a great introduction to a continent where almost anything can and does happen. I have great admiration for Jenny, who is just about the bravest women about. I simply cannot put this book down it is a real page turner.

  22. Lucy Wyatt

    I just had to text you to tell you how much I’m LOVING your book – just moved into “Hearing” and going to buy some hard copies for Xmas pressies and then post AMAZING REVIEW – You my dear are an absolute gem xxx

  23. Claire

    I just wanted to email and say how much I loved your book! I have read your blogs and bought your book when it was published and have only just found the time to read it. I did so in virtually one go. It captivated the amazing sights and sounds of the African busy so well.

  24. Jan Grimshaw

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Jenny’s trials and triumphs in Africa. A funny, interesting and travel provoking book!

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