Our Books: A Drink of Dry Land – Journeys through Namibia

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A Drink of Dry Land – Journeys Through Namibia

A Drink of Dry Land – Journeys through Namibia will always be special to authors Chris Marais and Julienne du Toit. It was their first published co-production and also their first long-term experience of desert tourism.

The husband-and-wife team of award-winning photo-journalists set off on a three-month road trip around the vast Namibia, recording their experiences with faces and places along the way.

They encountered a landscape like no other, a seemingly barren place of unexpected and unrivalled beauty: from the enchantment of the Kalahari to the misty shipwreck world of the Skeleton Coast and up to the frontiers of the Caprivi Strip.

Somewhere between Otjiwarongo and the silver pans of Etosha, they fell under the spell of cheetahs.

With insight, sensitivity and an invaluable sense of humour, Chris and Julienne share the stories and the secrets of these dry lands.

You are invited to take the third seat in their Isuzu bakkie (pickup truck). Sit back and enjoy the ride.

Contact Chris Marais & Julienne du Toit

Tel: +27 (0) 48 881 2660

Mobile: +27 (0) 82 500 5344


Chris: features@global.co.za

Julienne: julie@karoospace.co.za



3 thoughts on “Our Books: A Drink of Dry Land – Journeys through Namibia

  1. Bob says:

    Goeie Dag,

    I have been following your articles regarding the Karoo for the past few months. Your articles and photos are spectacular.

    I did not know that you were the authors of “A Drink of Dry Land” Is a new edition being planned? It is almost impossible to obtain a copy, here in the U.S., and if you do, the price for one is astronomical.

    Bob Heffner

  2. Julienne du Toit says:

    Hi there!

    You are so kind. This book of ours was published through Random Struik. They also published a photographic version of Dry Land, called Namibia Space, which seems even rarer. They asked our permission to reprint that, which we gave, but they changed their minds at the last minute.

    Are you trying to get hold of a copy of A Drink of Dry Land?

    • Bob says:

      Geoie Dag, Julienne,

      Sorry for the delay in my response, but I only discovered your reply today (January 29, 2014).

      Yes I am still trying to obtain a copy of A Drink of Dry Land. I will not give up on finding one.

      It appears that your book is reminiscent of those books that Lawrence Green wrote so many years ago, including his classic about South West Africa, “Lords of the Last Frontier”.

      I am fascinated by Namibia, its array of people and its fascinating history, and I try to get a copy of all books regarding the former SWA. I recently obtained an edition of Olga Levinson’s book of human interest tales from about 50 years ago.

      As a person who has had an interest in southern and South Africa for 40 years, I hope to visit sometime early next year after I retire.

      I have always known about the Karoo, both the great and the little, but your blog, with your articles and wonderful photos, has whetted my interest and desire to visit all of the places that you have mentioned in your written stories.

      I wish you and your husband a very good and happy New Year. Keep those Karoo articles and photos coming.

      Bob Heffner

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