Meet John

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. 

John Roff and Family

John & Family

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.

For decades I’ve watched people being transformed by the wonder and wisdom in nature. 

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