Ottosdal, South Africa
|Disappeared||December 7, 2010
Democratic Republic of the Congo
|Status||Missing presumed dead|
|Cause of death||Taken by crocodile|
|Other names||Hendri Coetzee|
|Occupation||Adventurer, tour leader|
|Employer||Kayak the Nile|
|Television||The Longest River|
Coetzee gained prominence in 2004 leading a Nile River source-to-sea expedition, following in the path of John Goddard's expedition. The expedition set off from Lake Victoria in Uganda on 17 January, reaching Khartoum on 25 March and the Mediterranean Sea at Rosetta on 21 May. The purpose of the trip was to draw attention to the humanitarian situation in the region in partnership with CARE. Following claims that the expedition had not begun from the true source of the Nile, Coetzee's party undertook a further journey from Kagera to Lake Victoria in April 2005, adding 750 km to the 6700 km they completed in 2004.
Coetzee was leader of an expedition going from the source of the White Nile into the Congo at the time of the attack. The trip was the first-of-its-kind kayaking expedition from the White Nile and Congo rivers into the Congo to explore the Ruzizi and Lualaba Rivers. The two other men on the trip, Americans and also experienced kayakers, were documenting unexplored whitewater and development projects in the region.
A memorial service for Coetzee was held on 28 January 2011.
The documentary short film Kadoma about Coetzee was released in 2011.
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