About our editor

On the Waterfall Hiking Trail in Tsitsikamma Section (Stormsriver) of the Garden Route National Park
On the Waterfall Hiking Trail in Tsitsikamma Section (Stormsriver) of the Garden Route National Park

I am René de Klerk, a nature and conservation-lover from Johannesburg, South Africa, and the editor of Never-ending Nature. My happiest times – when I am somewhere in nature, whether it is in my little garden at home, on a nature walk or hike, or spending time in the ‘bush’, learning more about conservation, and teaching others in the process. Unfortunately, I got retrenched from my job as editor of a conservation/travel publication (Safari News) because of the Covid-19-pandemic, so I decided to continue pursuing my passion through a blog on a part-time basis. I am hoping to turn to Never-ending Nature full-time when the time is right.

Before my stint as editor of the beforementioned publication, I was a conservation journalist for the SANParks Times, a publication that focussed solely on news, tourism, and conservation projects within all of the South African National Parks (SANParks). I saw the hard work involved in taking care of our natural heritage and realised how few of these stories are told. This is one of the main reasons for my blog – to showcase the projects and conservation work taking place throughout South Africa.

The love of my life, Duncan, is my muse and assists me with all things web. He takes the reins when things get too complicated for me. He designed websites in the past but now runs a data recovery business. I felt that he deserves a little mention here. Without him and his support, Never-ending Nature would never have been today.

A few random facts about me:

– I am only 1.55m tall and wear a size 5 shoe. My shoes always go first when I get home.
– My favourite colour is cerise pink. I almost bought a pink hiking bag once, but logic prevailed.
– I love rocks and have a small collection that I have picked up in random places from all over South Africa.
– I always see the small things. I will spot a small dung beetle but miss the snake right next to it. Yes, that actually happened to me once! The snake was a rinkhals.
– I don’t like soft, smelly cheeses.
– I don’t see the point of lying on the beach. I will rather walk 5km on the beach with the waves washing over my feet.
– I don’t really like winter.
– I am not big into make-up.
– I shower. Baths take too long.

About Never-ending Nature

At Never-ending Nature, we have a passion for the African continent and through this blog, we hope to showcase the beautiful spots in Southern Africa, and the conservation projects these places are focusing on. Why? We want to focus on this because tourism gets a lot of attention, but the important work behind the scenes does not always get the recognition it deserves. Community is at the heart of conservation and should not be left behind. A lot of hard work goes into taking care of our natural heritage, and ensuring it is there for future generations to enjoy. Do you get to share the good work your destination or organisation is doing, with the rest of the world?

We want to share the conservation work and projects happening behind the scenes

Never-ending Nature will take you on that beautiful journey. We will showcase places ideal for getaways and adventures. You will read about the amazing work these destinations are doing, and find out how you can get involved if possible. This blog will try not to focus too much on the negativity in protecting our heritage. Though, Never-ending Nature will also not shy away from encouraging healthy debate about controversial topics.

Why do you want to work with us? Never-ending Nature will not only showcase your destination to a large audience, but we will showcase your projects and conservation work to like-minded guests. Never-ending Nature wants to showcase your important work to the world, even if it takes place behind the scenes.

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Never stop exploring and learning! Never be the reason for nature to come to an end!