Worlds Greenest Road Trip

We combine eco tourism, nature conservation, local outreach programs, ocean mammal research, recycling, tree planting and more on a 4 week roadtrip.

Change, Grow, Play on the Worlds Greenest Road Trip

We take you on the road for 4 weeks during which you will experience and take part in various projects:

  • Community Upliftment - cooking classes in local kitchens while feeding the less fortunate.
  • Nature Conservation - take part in ongoing research on a wild game reserve and learn about tree planting
  • Ocean Mammal Research - dolphin tracking and data collecting for ongoing studies
  • Local Outreach Programs - recycling projects and helping kids in a surf school
  • White Shark Research - data collecting and breaching trips with a research team
  • Wild Game Tracking - tracking and approaching large game on foot
  • Up-Cycling and Recycling - learning how to make use of your trash and pay it forward to communities
  • Permaculture - a basic overview and 'hands-on' intro into sustainable farming
  • Eco Tourism - joining a precious tree project planting a small symbiotic forest every week and more.

You will also gain skills and accreditation for our courses like green architecture, resource management, healthy lifestyle practices and more.

Our 4 week program is carbon negative! This means during this road trip you will offset ALL your carbon emissions by 150% through various methods and practices we have in place. And you will learn all about these!

And above all we want to have fun! Besides all our projects and courses being fun themselves, you will have plenty of off time to explore the Garden Route and all the adventurous activities there is on offer. We want you to experience our paradise and help us to conserve it!

You will be staying in 4 different towns in the Garden Route; Mossel Bay, Plettenberg Bay, Knysna and Wilderness. And you will definitely experience life like a local! We make use of top class backpacker accommodation and volunteer houses and make sure our volunteers get 3 healthy meals per day.

You will be assigned to a local volunteer coordinator who will be your go-to person from start to finish. Everything from arrival to departure is catered for (besides lunches on off days).

Apply now, because we can't wait to meet you for the road trip of a lifetime!

Suitable for


Typical day

Because of the road trip nature of this 4 week experience, all the days vary a lot. Here's a look at a day from week 3:

Knysna; after a delicious breakfast we head out with a local Eco-tourism company (Whale watching and dolphin tracking) to conduct Ocean Mammal Research. Whale spotting, dolphin tracking and fin identification take place under the supervision of the guide or researchers on board the vessel - expect at least 4 hours at sea.

After lunch we drive out to a recycling project where we take all our recycling. We spend an afternoon helping the kids with sport practice or recycling. Then we head back to Knysna for our Culture Kitchens project - we buy ingredients in the local markets and head to a rural area for a cooking lesson in the local ladies' kitchen. We then cook enough food to feed a local creche the next day.

Then it's your choice to join us for a LIVE music event happening in nearby Wilderness or just chill at the accommodation.

Rest will be needed seeing that we will be cleaning beaches on a stunning hike the next day before going to explore the gold mine ruins outside of Knysna.
The following TWO nights we also overnight on a houseboat on the Knysna Lagoon. We'll lend a hand to the Knysna Basin Project and enjoy some SUP-ing in the lagoon...

Program Requirements

Minimum Age
18 years
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Health Declaration
Required Documents
Application letter; Skype or video interview;
Other Skills
Competent in English or at least conversational.
This is an active program and volunteers are required to have a moderate level of fitness. A 6/10 level is good.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 08:00 - 14:00

Do you have any questions concerning this volunteer opportunity in South Africa? Volunteer World directly connects you with L.U.V.E.

Worlds Greenest Road Trip Carefully collecting data from this hammerhead Adding extra fun on our recycling projects Feeding the homeless after a night on the beach Hiking to some waterfalls in the Knysna forests White Shark research in Mossel Bay Removing alien vegetation to offset fire making Delicious locally sourced organic meals Joining research on the Great White Shark Beach hiking while collecting recycling Hands-on Permaculture and sustainable farming Rastafarian cooking classes to feed their creche Dorm style rooms in Wilderness a LIVE music sunset at African Array Lodge A shark research sunset in Mossel Bay Tree planting like Rock stars! Tented acommodation during 3day Bush Camp Optional private rooms Learning about bush tracking skills Archealogy talk about our rich coastal history Happy faces at the Recycling project

Free-time activities

Most Friday afternoons and Saturdays are allocated for off time (including other days). Although the 4 weeks is not very hard work, just a lot of fun, we still have made time to #ExperiencetheGardenRoute like the locals do. We organize a lot of events and encourage volunteers to part take in these. All the other optional extra activities can be scheduled for your off days. There are some constraints, as all activities are not in the same area, however we offer a lot of help with booking and organizing transport etc to these activities.
Please indicate before arrival which you would like to do and we will slot these into your off time (with your approval of the schedule) OR you can just chill on the amazing beaches and read a few books!

Water Sports


What's included?
The Road Trip fee is used to cater for our volunteers from start to finish.
- Airport transfers (nearest airport CPT/PE)
- First and last night accommodation
- All project related travel, transport, accommodation and activities.
- In total, 30 days accommodation in 3 star backpacker dorms.
- ALL meals (3 healthy meals/day) except lunches on your off days.
- It also includes project donation fees. Please inquire for more info.
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.
Airport Pickup

Airport pickup is included in the price. You will be met at the airport by one of our liaisons or program coordinators. This includes the transfer to and from the airport upon your arrival and departure days.
NB - Although transfers, accommodation and bookings are included, our liaisons can only meet you at the airport WITHIN 2 DAYS of the Road Trip starting. Please send us flight details so we can organize accordingly.


All 30 nights are included in the fee and will be in smart, well lit backpacker dorm rooms (max 6 people) with clean bedding provided. We make sure male and female dorms to be separate and usually make use of 3 star hostels. 3 NIGHTS will be spent in tents at our Bush Camp facility where you will share a tent with one other person (mattress/bedding/sleeping bag provided). Private rooms and upgrades can be organized upon request but incur extra fees.

Dorm Room Bedroom (Double) Youth Hostel Camping
Food & Beverages

All meals during the 4 week road trip (27days) will be catered for.
3 Healthy and varying meals per day; breakfast, lunch and dinner on all project days including some snacks and drinking water.
We do eat-out on some occasions where you will have a budget, please inquire for more info.
Meals NOT included: Only lunch on your off days will be for your own pocket (allow USD50).
Meals on the arrival and departure days will also be for your own pocket.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
4 weeks (min. stay)

You can volunteer at the project site in Cape Town/South Africa between 4 weeks and 4 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. L.U.V.E. will tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with L.U.V.E. during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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