Chris de Villiers is an electronics engineer by profession, technically retired but self-employed in order to earn a living. While doing his military service in 1968 he developed an interest in solo adventure, which, for him, meant long backpacking trips, sometimes with other people but mostly alone, which he preferred. Later he became an avid mountain biker, not in a competitive sense, but as an adventurer.
Chris has a passion for writing, of which he admits that he has done too little, but hopes to develop to a higher level. He lives on a quiet, out-of-the-way farm in the Western Cape with his two dogs. Besides writing and solo adventure, his interests include photography, cooking, reading, astronomy, science and technology.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote my first article for an outdoors magazine in 1993, and in the following years I wrote more articles for different magazines. My first e-book, written in Afrikaans, was published in 2013.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It is the story about a bicycle journey that I undertook in 1993 to a region in the north western part of South Africa, known as the Richtersveld. To my knowledge I was the first to do a solo, unsupported trip by mountain bike to that area.
This book tells the story of a one-man journey on a mountain bike to that barren, inhospitable region in the north-western part of South Africa, known as the Richtersveld. The journey started on 18 October 1993, and ended almost a month later on 15 November.