Chris Marais has worked on assignment as a photo-journalist in more than 50 foreign spots, including Mongolia, Borneo, Timbuktu, Madagascar and the French Quarter of New Orleans.

Photo: Waiting for the light at Putsonderwater Station by Julienne du Toit

As a reporter, he spent many years with The Pretoria News, The Rand Daily Mail and The Sunday Tribune, all highly-regarded South African newspapers whose senior staff displayed great patience with Chris’ wandering ways.

As a magazine man, Chris wrote for Scope, Style (South Africa) and a slew of international airline publications before being appointed Editor of Living Africa, a monthly lifestyle magazine that won nearly 70 journalism awards during his seven years at the helm.

Finally freelance and newly-married (to journalist-editor Julienne du Toit) in 1998, Chris began another love affair – with the Karoo, South Africa’s vast dry Heartland.

The couple, who have co-authored six books including Karoo Keepsakes I and II, have lived in the Karoo river town of Cradock since 2007. They now dedicate their time to promoting, defending and celebrating the Karoo – and walking their German Shepherd and his parents along the Great Fish River each morning.

Chris has just written and published The Journey Man – A South African Reporter’s Stories. Order the print version, the Ebook or, for the Special Combo of the print version and the Silver Creek Bootleg CD, email him at