Chris Marais and Julienne du Toit

Julienne du Toit and Chris Marais have been travelling the world side-by-side on assignment for more than 20 years.

This multi-award-winning husband and wife team has worked in some of the most beautiful locations on Earth. 

Before embarking on a career with Chris, 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’), an investigative journalist at ‘Scope Magazine’ and an editor at ‘Living Africa Magazine’, winning a number of media awards along the way.

Chris and Julienne write and photograph for several local and offshore print and online publications such as ‘SA Country Life’, ‘Sawubona’, ‘High Life’, ‘Sunday Times Travel’, ‘The Guardian’ (UK) and ‘Wild Magazine’. They also produce travel books on the Karoo, independently published under the MLM (Main Line Media) imprint.

They won Best Travel Book (‘Karoo Keepsakes II’) and Best Website (‘Karoo Space’) at the 2016 Richmond (Northern Cape) Book Festival. 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)
  • ‘Road Tripper’ – Eastern Cape Karoo.

Chris and Julienne currently live and work in the Karoo, South Africa’s magical dry heartland, where they own and manage Karoo Space, the region’s premier website.


‘Having read so many of their articles in the past, I felt privileged to have Chris and Julie as my tutors. They were very patient and gave such constructive feedback to me every step of the way. I loved the course from start to finish. I particularly liked how the modules helped me to build up my very own article over time, with an end result to be proud of.’ Clare Mills, Travel Writing Course

‘Chris and Julie were a dream to work with. They were extremely accommodating and I appreciated their critical feedback. They were particularly helpful in guiding my final feature piece and provided the necessary insight into what elements make a captivating story.’ Jessica Oosthuyse, Travel Writing Course

‘I absolutely loved the material – very easy to access and to learn from. Julie and Chris are two wonderful people giving great feedback almost directly after I submitted an assignment. Really a positive experience.’ Elzette van Zyl, Travel Writing Course