Keith Joubert had a peripatetic childhood, with frequent moves as a result of his father's work as a mining surveyor. The family also made regular visits to the Kruger National Park, which helped to form Joubert's early interest in wildlife. After graduating from the Johannesburg School of Art with a degree in industrial design, Joubert began his career as a commercial artist, producing book illustrations, political cartoons and later working in the advertising industry. By 1970 Joubert was painting full time, working mainly from a tent in the bush. As well as setting up a studio in the Selati Game Reserve, he travelled widely around Southern Africa, including to Namibia, Cameroon and Mozambique. His work is in many corporate and private collections around the world.