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Isaac Ndlovu Reviews The Marginal Safari by Justin Fox

The Marginal Safari: Scouting the edge of South AfricaVerdict: carrot

Justin Fox’s The Marginal Safari: Scouting the Edge of South Africa is a travelogue that takes the entire SA borderline as its setting. The book relates a six-week one-man trip around South Africa’s border which Fox embarks on during the winter of 2004. Starting from Cape Town where he lives, Fox heads north-east. He stays very close to the coast and avoids the well-trodden national and regional roads as much as he can.

Reaching Kosi Bay, where SA shares a border with Mozambique, he grudgingly heads inland as the coast ends. However, he sticks to the borderline as much as roads will allow. Musina and Beit Bridge, where SA meets Zimbabwe, mark Fox’s south-west journey. He travels along the SA-Botswana and the SA-Namibian borders until he reaches the Atlantic coast at Alexander Bay. Filled with trepidation of meeting his ailing father, he sticks to the coastline as he heads back to Cape Town.

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