Hendri Coetzee (22 Mar 1975 – 7 Dec 2010) is a creation of Africa. Through his life and death he deeply inspired those who knew him, those who met him and those who have merely heard of him. He was a revered kayaker who mightily believed in living his dreams.
Hendri lead a team down the entire length of the Nile, kayaked solo in a remote national park in Uganda, spent six months alone in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and on his latest Great Lakes Kayak Expedition, he was taken by a crocodile on the Lukuga river.
An avid writer, Coetzee’s blog entitled The Great White Explorer, has touched thousands. His message: “It is all about today. Today is the best day ever because tomorrow might not happen.”
‘The Best Day Ever: and other ways to make life harder’ is the title of the book that Hendri wrote. His book is in the process of being edited and prepared for publishing.
A documentary film, Kadoma, depicts the events of his last expedition.