World's Greenest Road Trip

Cape Town, South Africa show on map
founded in 2014
Coordinator | Heinie
Coordinator | Heinie
We combine eco tourism, nature conservation, local outreach programs, ocean mammal research, recycling, tree planting and more amazing tasks on a four week roadtrip! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:

Explore South Africa

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 in South Africa.

South Africa is without a doubt one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Our incredible, diverse land is inspiring to thousands of visitors and our welcoming cultures can make you feel right at home. The Garden Route is a true gem on our coastline between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. This so called ‘Eden District’ is formed by the majestic Outeniqua Mountains running close to the coast for about 600 kilometres. This means that the warm Indian Ocean air gets trapped along this Route to give us a wonderfully temparate climate and definitely a feeling of Paradise. Our lives are intertwined with nature and we spend more than 300 days a year outside! 

We breathe the freshest air, swim in the cool mountain streams and warm ocean waves and picnic in the lush indigenous forests. We hike to waterfalls and walk on the endless stunning beaches. And our Sunsets will leave you with a warm glow.

Experience the Garden Route

We would like to introduce you to a little piece of paradise in South Africa. Nestled between the warm Indian Ocean and the Outeniqua Mountains lies the Eden District. We are a Malaria and Ebola free area and the crime is very low.

This rich costline is abundant with ocean life, indigenous forests, lakes and lagoons and any adventurous activities your heart desires. We have a serious surfing scene with some world class waves littered along the coastline.

The culture is friendly and the people here believe in an organic and simple lifestyle. We have a variation of farmers markets, organic food markets and plenty of natural products from local shops.

The music scene is buzzing with amazing talent from local musicians and there are small intimate shows every week. There are bands touring down the Route all the time and the atmosphere is electric with LIVE music. We have interesting art galleries and classes and numerous art projects throughout the towns.

Our summer is compared to the Mediterranean, with lots of people flocking to the sea for beach holidays, surfing and lazy days in the sun.

The winter here is sunny with beautiful clear skies and internationally famous for being a retreat from colder European holidays.

We specialize in immersing people and travellers in our Garden Route culture and showing them what goes on behind the curtains. It is unlike any other place in the world. We are local here and know all the secret spots, beer gardens and small pubs with hairy locals and special events that you won’t get to see or experience as a tourist.

Our Route

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.

Week 1 - Mossel Bay

Spend a week in the historically rich & picturesque Mossel Bay. Kick off the trip with an amazing talk on the 'Point of Human Origins' and do some shark tracking and help with research on these apex predators.

Also spend 3 Days in the bush learning survival skills, how to approach big game through tracking wild animals & learn about anti-poaching and how to make a difference.

Week 2 - Plettenberg Bay 

In the coastal town of Plettenberg Bay, spend a few days at the ‘Barefoot University’ learning how to upcycle, recycle and how to practice self-sustainability.

Also partake in various community upliftment and ocean conservation projects. Do some whale watching, dolphin tracking, beach clean ups, rural outreach programs and incredible hikes in Natures Valley and the Robberg Nature Reserve.

Week 3 - Knysna

In the pristine & beautiful town of Knysna, learn how to cook in the cultural kitchens of the friendly township ladies and hike in the Featherbed Nature Reserve.

Clean up the lagoon, learn about this sensitive biosphere and how to make a positive impact. Join local outreach programs to help the community by making art from their recycling. SUP on the Lagoon & spend a night on a houseboat. 

Week 4 - Wilderness 

Long white beaches and rolling hills await you in the town of Wilderness. Round off the week with an accredited course on sustainable living through waste, water and energy management.

Learn how to practice a holistic lifestyle through health, environmental and resource management. Also go kayaking, kloofing and get some drumming lessons in the forests.

More Informations

Our weather is amazing all year round and we boast the 2nd most moderate climate in the world! We do however get 4 seasons in one day, which makes for interesting dress codes and even better nature scenery. Like Cooks Grant said: “There’s no such thing as bad weather, it’s simply the different moods of Mother Nature”.

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!

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

Typical day

Because of the road trip nature of this 4 week experience, all the days vary a lot. Here are some of the projects we take part in:

The Point of Human Origins:

Discover human behaviour from 162 000 years ago (1 day)

White Shark Research and Conservation: Get up-close & personal an learn about this apex predator (4 days)

Wildlife survival bush camp: Gain essential bush survival skills & track wild game on foot (3 days)

Wild Spirit - Organic alternatov living: Upcycle, recycle & hands on permaculture (3 days)

Ocean conservation & sea mammal research: Discover the world of marine mammal research & conservation (4days)

Explore the relaxed Knysa culture: Meet the elephants, drink local beer, explore indigenous forests (3 days)

Learn about a holistic & sustainable lifestyle: Resource & energy management to reduce your carbon footprint (3 days)

These projects are only the HIGHLIGHTS. We do a whole lot more! Like bush tracking, shark caage diving, Music workshops, hike trought nature reserves, ocean mammal research and much more!

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.

You will be able to join activities like making and listening to music, hike trails in the Knysna Heads or to waterfalls, do watersports like stand up paddeling, shark cage diving, visit lagoons, taste beer or just chill at one of the amazing beaches and read a few books.

Water Sports

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Required Documents
Application letter; Skype or video interview;
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
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

Included Services

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
L.U.V.E. (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
Online preparation course (optional, from $49)
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On-site services

Services by L.U.V.E.

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.

Airport Pickup at Cape Town International Airport

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
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in Cape Town. We assist you to find cheap flights to South Africa.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for South Africa provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in South Africa you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for South Africa.
Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$ 3,115
4 weeks (max. stay)
$ 3,115
Average fees
$ 779 /week

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 let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in South Africa.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
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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