Interview on Excio – A New Zealand Blog

It is not always that one gets the opportunity to be featured on an international blog, but given the chance, I made time for it and here it is. Enjoy.

Thank you Excio!

©Mariette du Toit, 2018 Damaraland

Exploring Damaraland with Mariëtte du Toit

Hi there! I am Mariëtte du Toit and I live in a dusty town called Otjiwarongo smack bang in the middle of Namibia. I am the mother of a 4-year-old boy, am expecting boy no. 2, and have been married to my best friend for 8 years. Together, we share a passion for the outdoors… We love camping and photographing landscapes and wildlife and when we still have energy after our day jobs and parenting, we like to mountain bike and teach our son all about the great outdoors.

Like New Zealand, we are also in the southern hemisphere and technically have winter from May to August but it is actually only two days long sometime in July. The rest of the year we have summer ~ Spring and Autumn are foreign terms to Namibians!

Namibia is a semi-desert country with the Namib Desert, the oldest desert in the world, covering our western borders and the Kalahari Desert covering most of our eastern border. In between we have the Fish River Canyon down south, the central highlands where our capital Windhoek is located, and an incredibly green arm on the north east which we call the Caprivi. All the empty spaces are filled with bush, stunning landscapes and the quite famous Etosha National Park.

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As the wife to a husband that is constantly making plans or building something from nothing, time is very limited. As the mother to a boy who is his father’s blueprint when it comes to making plans, time is very rarely my own. As a photographer, I am constantly editing, marketing, taking photos… that my real love, my love for reading and writing gets horribly neglected.

But then we take the road… and I can breathe. I have time to read. Time to write. Time to just sit and enjoy a hot cup of coffee. And I am restored. Page by page, word by word. Of course, I still take photos. I still wife. I still mother. But out here, in the bush, on the beach.. I am better at being me. And that is why I travel. Always.

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Die genade van reis

As vrou van ‘n man wat gedurig aan die planne maak is, is tyd maar skaars. As mamma van ‘n seuntjie wat die gawe van planne maak ontdek het, is tyd bitter min my eie. Dan is daar ook al die ander verantwoordelikhede van fotograaf wees. Die konstante editing, bemarking, administrasie wat ophoop (nie my sterkpunt nie), en natuurlik ook die foto’s wat geneem moet word. Dis tydens hierdie geharwar wat my behoefte vir lees en skryf partykeer net onuithoudbaar raak.

En dan vat ons die pad… en skielik het ek tyd vir lees. En vir skryf. En koffie drink. O ja, ek moet altyd foto’s neem. Sonder my kamera kan ek nêrens. Maar so, in die veld, in die bos, langs die see… dan kan mens weer fokus. En lees.