I’m John Roff, Personal nature guide based in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.
Since 1989 I’ve been helping people experience, learn about & enjoy the wonder & beauty of the natural world.
I am a qualified & registered Specialist Nature Guide. (KZN0101).
Growing up exploring & learning outdoors in rural Zimbabwe led to a life-long fascination with nature, & a career in nature guiding & environmental education. I have been privileged to share hundreds of Southern African places with thousands of people. I am committed to helping people find their way to delight, wholeness & purpose through personalised experiences in nature.
My interests & passions include wilderness exploration, Christian spirituality, men's work (mentoring, growth & spirituality), education, research, spiders (I've discovered 2 new species), insects, orchids, bushveld, trees, forests, & geology. Some hobbies are jewellery-making, making & playing various musical instruments, creative writing & taking the time to enjoy good tea & coffee. I enjoy handcrafts of various kinds, have a collection of knives, & offer a knife sharpening service.
Some professional history
Starting out with WESSA's Environmental education programme at Umgeni Valley, my first 6 years in this field involved growing & delving deep into the world of Environmental education. I then spent 9 years interpreting botanical gardens & coordinating nature interpretation for SANBI, & for a further 12 years ran the Environmental education programme at Hilton College.
Places I work
Cumberland Nature Reserve
Karkloof Canopy Tours
Karkloof Conservation centre
Fountainhill Nature Reserve
Any suitable wild location in KZN or South Africa.