Books

Over the past decade, I’ve authored, photographed and contributed to more than a dozen books, most of them outdoor guides to adventures sports that I love to participate in. Mountain biking, adventure racing, trail running and just good old adventuring on this balls-to-the-wall continent called Africa that we are lucky enough to live on. There’s also been a behind-the-scenes publication on the FIFA World Cup, a short story or six, and eleven gazillion articles in publications ranging from Men’s Health and Runners World to Wild and Good Taste. Let’s just say I’ve been a busy boy :-)
Die Avontuurgids van Suid-AfrikaDie avontuurgids van Suid-Afrika is jou handleiding tot al die sport- en ontspanningsopsies wat net buite jou nege-tot-vyf landskap op jou wag. Die boek dek verskillende aktiwiteite. Sommige avonture is wild, ander is geskik vir die hele gesin – die een ou se klim is die ander se hartaanval. Met meer as ’n 1000 avonture behoort jy vir ’n ruk lank vasgenael te bly in die blaaie van hierdie avontuurgids.
Doendinge in 'n DorpDoendinge in ‘n Dorp eBook/ePub is ’n handige nuwe volkleur gids tot Suid-Afrika se 150 gunsteling dorpies regdeur al nege provisies. Hierdie gids is saamgestel deur bekende avontuurfotograaf en -journalis, Jacques Marais, en is ook beskikbaar in Engels as Things to do in a Dorp. Van Arniston en Baardskeerdersbos tot Wuppertal en Zeerust – Doendinge in ’n Dorp dek groot, middelslag en klein dorpies in pragtige volkleur blaaie. Dorpe is gerieflik uitgelê in ’n alfabetiese lys asook op ’n gebruiksvriendelike gebiedskaart. Elke dorp is uitgelê op een of twee volbladsye met vinnige feite, plekkaarte en GPS-koördinate, ’n gedetailleerde oorsig, interessante feite, pragtige foto’s en historiese feite ingesluit. Uniek aan Doendinge in a Dorp is ’n lys van die top op elke dorp en sluit in: plekke van belang, historiese terreine, restaurante, bergfiets- en staproetes, perdry en ander avontuur-aktiwiteite. Die lys sluit ook groot funksies en feeste in wat die dorp jaarliks aanbied.
Great African AdventuresAfrica may rate as uncharted territory to the majority of mainstream travellers, but an advance guard of intrepid adventurers has long been exploring this intriguing continent. If you have yet to experience the countless adventures brimming between Cape Town and Cairo, this DIY guide contains all the information you need to trip confidently onto the Mother Continent.Tales of high adventure, in-your-face photography, destination overviews, maps and contact details make this the ultimate adventure primer to Africa. Join the author and a handful of respected contributors as they river-board the Nile, climb Mali's Hand of Fatima and run the 'Marathon des Sables' in Morocco, to name but a few of the adventures. An edgy style, up-to-date content and award-winning photography make this a must-have book for everyone from armchair adventurers to card-carrying members of the outdoor tribe.
More things to do in Moer and Gone Places102 destinations in all nine of South Africa's provinces, as well as in Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho, Swaziland and Mozambique. A thousand things to do, from outdoor activities and eco-experiences to eating, drinking and exploring these off-the-beaten-track places, and what to watch out for. GPS coordinates and handy locator maps to help you get there easily. Fantastic full-colour photographs of the accommodation and surrounds. The book covers all levels of accommodation from a rustic cabin in the woods to a 4-star self-catering lodge in the African bush. Each entry features a short description of the destination and the accommodation, and the range of activities available in the surrounding area. Reasons to visit include: Hiking, cycling, fishing, swimming, birding, wildlife viewing, horseriding, cultural experiences, tasting local food and drink, 4x4 trips ... plus many more. An important information panel features driving directions with locator map and GPS coordinates, access, security, cell reception, Wi-Fi availability, website and contact details.  
More Top MTB TrailsMore Top Mountain Bike Trails, covers over 100 routes in the Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and North West provinces. The book focusses on 31 top trails with detailed mapping including GPS co-ordinates of the start point, 63 other recommended routes and 49 minor trails. Six of the top routes in Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland are also mentioned. Each trail has up-to-date route information, GPS co-ordinates, great photographs, and all contact details, along with African Mountain Bike Association (AMA) approval where applicable. An overview map of South Africa at the beginning of each section pinpoints all the trails. This is a great book for experienced as well as aspiring mountain bike enthusiasts, and the perfect companion to Top MTB Trails, which covered the three Cape provinces.
The Adventure Guide of South AfricaThe adventure guide of Southern Africa aims to help you make sense of all the activity and leisure options waiting just beyond your regular nine-to-five landscape. Some of the adventures are truly wild, while others are tame enough for the whole family - besides, one man's hike is another man's heart attack. With more than a thousand adventures, this guide will keep you busy for a while.
Things to do in a DorpCompiled by well-known photojournalist Jacques Marais, Things to Do in a Dorp features 150 of South Africa’s favourite and most beloved small towns across all nine provinces. From Arniston and Baardskeerdersbos to Wuppertal and Zeerust, this handy guide covers large, medium and small towns all in beautiful full-colour printing. The towns are conveniently listed in an alphabetical A to Z quick-finder, and shown on area maps, making this a very practical and user-friendly guide. Every dorp features fast facts, a location map and GPS co-ordinates, interesting facts, a stunning photograph, and some interesting history about the dorp. Large dorps are featured on two full pages and smaller ones on single pages. Unique to Things to Do in a Dorp is the inclusion of a list of the top-ten things to do in each dorp and includes places of interest, historic sites, restaurants, mountain bike routes, hikes, running trails, horse riding, and other adventure activities. It also features any big events and festivals that the dorp hosts annually. So if you’re up for the challenge of taking on the lesser-travelled back roads when exploring South Africa, then Things to Do in a Dorp is sure to make your adventure that much more informative, interesting, and fun.
Top MTB TrailsThis book covers the best trails, routes and rides in the three Cape provinces.  Up-to-date route information, great photographs and excellent, detailed maps, along with IMBA Traildifficulty rating system and AMA approvals, make this book the perfect companion for experienced as well as aspiring moutain biking enthusiasts.  A coprehensive list of trails to explore in the other six provinces, plus a directory of bike shops and a handy atlas of the area can also be found at the back of the book.
Trail Runner's Guide: South AfricaThe guide provides comprehensive coverage of trails in and around South Africa as well as information on training gear, footwear, nutrition, events and insider tips from several of South Africa's leading trail-running experts.

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