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
Chris had a rollicking start to his career with words, deadlines and, later, images. As a reporter, he was on staff 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..
By 1995 he was the Editor of Living Africa magazine when journalist-editor Julienne du Toit and Keeping Track joined his parent company. They met, sparked and hived off on a freelance career together that has spanned more than two decades.
After marrying Julienne 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 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.
- Their latest book, Moving to the Platteland – a veritable bible for anyone thinking of ‘semigrating’ to the Karoo – is available in select bookstores and directly from KarooSpace their marvellous websute.