Before they began their careers together, Julienne had built an international reputation in the field of environmental journalism. In 2002, this former award-winning editor of Keeping Track magazine won the Africa & Middle East category in the IUCN-Reuters awards for best reporting on the World Summit for Sustainable Development.
In his time, Chris has been a deadline-crazy newspaper reporter for some top South African titles (including the Rand Daily Mail), a magazine investigative journalist (Scope Magazine) and editor (Living Africa Magazine), winning a number of media awards along the way.
Chris and Julienne currently live and work in the Karoo, South Africa’s magical dry heartland, where they own and manage www.karoospace.co.za - the region’s premier website.
They write and photograph for local and offshore print and online publications that include SA Country Life, Sawubona (South African Airways in-flight), High Life (British Airways in-flight), Sunday Times (Johannesburg) Travel, The Guardian (UK) and Wild Magazine (SA National Parks).
They also produce travel books on the Karoo, independently published under the MLM (Main Line Media) imprint.
They won two awards at the 2016 Richmond (Northern Cape) Book Festival: Best Travel Book (Karoo Keepsakes II) and Best Website (Karoo Space). They also won an award in the Travel category of the SA Independent Publishers’ Awards in 2017.
Books by Chris Marais & Julienne du Toit: A Drink of Dry Land – Journeys through Namibia, Namibia Space, Shorelines – A Journey along the South African Coast, Coast to Coast, 101 Beloved Bars of Southern Africa (with Pat Hopkins), Karoo Keepsakes, Karoo Keepsakes II, The Journey Man – A South African Reporter’s Stories (Chris) and Road Tripper – Eastern Cape Karoo.