Our founder, Rocky, tells the story of WWISA – Willing Workers in South Africa

“Having moved from hectic city living in Johannesburg to the Crags, close to Plettenberg Bay – a beautiful, peaceful and friendly holiday destination for South Africans and international tourists alike - I was struck by the predicament faced on a daily basis by the residents of Kurland Village, an impoverished township just across a valley from my new home. In an effort to make a difference to this situation, I began searching for a way to “do my bit”. After much research into the existing circumstances and needs of the local population, it was apparent that this was going to require help from outside the area. And so the concept of having Willing Workers in South Africa was born…………”

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About us and where you will stay

Rocky Road Homestead

Our Rocky Road HQ provides a comfortable and secure home-away-from-home base in which our volunteers can relax and enjoy the uncomplicated atmosphere of country living.

Set amongst mountains, indigenous forest and being only 10 minutes from the nearest beach, Nature’s Valley – known locally as the Jewel of the Garden Route - you will be ideally situated to enjoy the varied wildlife that regularly visits, at the same time being able to enjoy a safe and comfortable environment with all the facilities you would expect in your everyday life.

As well as the volunteer 3-bedroom communal house, the more adventurous also have the option of luxury tented accommodation. All bathrooms, kitchen, office, telephones, internet and TV facilities are open to use by all Rocky Road residents.

In addition to the above-listed facilities are also a forest shower and a forest bathroom, different entertainment areas, a combination hot tub/plunge pool, a fire pit, an organic vegetable garden and small chicken enclosure as well as plenty of secluded spots in the garden to relax in.

Expect outdoor fires in the evenings around which to fully enjoy good company and starry nights.

You can check our area out by punching the coordinates 33°56’49.55” S 23°30’15.5” E for Rocky Road Farm into Google Earth. -

WWISA is located and operates in our country’s Garden Route region - a 240 kilometre long stretch of breathtakingly beautiful countryside sandwiched between the Indian Ocean and the Outeniqua & Tsitsikamma Mountain ranges. (We’ll soon teach you how to pronounce these ancient KhoiSan names and other tongue twisting challenges!) At regular intervals the steep coastal cliffs are broken by gently sweeping bays and long sandy beaches, inland lakes, estuaries and lagoons as well as deep river gorges cutting through the thick indigenous forests - still home to a few elusive free-ranging forest elephant and other animals.

There is much to see and do in our area from anything between a 30 minutes and a three hour drive. This is intended to provide you with an idea of some of the options .........

Within a 2 minute walk and a 15 minutes drive from our Rocky Road HQ and Home Base: Our garden view, Natures Valley from the air and the Groot River Estuary from the Kalendar Hiking Trail viewpoint

Within 20 minutes drive: World famous Plettenberg Bay beach with the Robberg Peninsula in the distance

Aerial views of one of Plettenberg Bays’ sweeping beaches; the Bitou and Keurbooms River’s confluence and resultant estuary and recreational surf fishermen

Skydive, take a light plane, motorised glider or micro-light to gain an aerial view of the Plett region

Within 20 minutes drive are found the world’s highest bungy (216m); a 200m long-zip wire plus a bridge walk – all guaranteed to boost your adrenalin levels

Within 10 minutes drive is found the Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary; Birds of Eden (the world’s largest exotic bird aviary) plus The Elephant Sanctuary where you can feed, walk, talk and ride with these gentle pachyderms

Approximately 30 mins away rhino, buffalo, wildebeest, giraffe, varied antelope, smaller mammals and prolific bird life can be viewed from a vehicle, horseback or on foot .....

....... and the nearby award winning local distillery is a great place to savour the essences of a uniquely South African range of liquers

Within 45 minutes drive is found the awesome Storms River Coastal National Park (start of the popular 5 day Otter Trail) as well as black water tubing, an aerial zip-wire tour of the forest canopy, day-hikes, quad bikes, underwater snorkel and scuba diving trails and much, much more .........

Scuba-dive and snorkel our ocean and estuary waters at Storms River (45 mins); Plettenberg Bay (25 mins) and Knysna (45 mins)

Within 25 minutes of your Rocky Road home, experience an unforgettable beach launch to view our ocean life – whales, dolphins, seals, sharks, turtles and birds

Abseil the coastal cliffs and river gorges or take a leisurely paddle on our estuaries, lagoons, rivers or bays – the closest being a mere 15 minutes from Rocky Road

45 mins from Rocky Road is the inland water expanse of the Knysna estuary where fresh and ocean waters meet through a spectacular narrow cleft cut through the coastal cliffs

Taste wild and cultivated oysters after taking the replica paddle steamer across the Knysna estuary to the Feather Bed Nature Reserve .....

Experience the Outeniqua Choe-Tjoe, the last steam-engine drawn passenger train in the country, for a spectacular journey that meanders along the coastal cliff edge.

Head through and over the mountains via the scenic old gravel road passes or the modern tarred roadways to Oudtshoorn in the Karoo – about 150 mins drive away. Here you’ll find the stunning limestone formations of the Cango Cave complex as well as the cheetah, ostrich, crocodile, mohair and other intriguing parks to fill your day.

Close on 90 mins drive from Rocky Road will be found the idyllic coastal settlements of St Francis Bay and Jeffery’s Bay – home to world wide renown surfing spots such as St Francis Point and the Full Stop; Bruce’s Beauties and Super Tubes. It is here that the surfing movie classic “Endless Summer” and its sequence were filmed.

Still heading eastwards, the Addo National Elephant Park, about three hours drive from Rocky Road, is the only national park in South Africa boasting the ‘Big Seven”. It’s coastal reserve region includes Great White Sharks and Whales to be checked off alongside the lions, rhino, leopard, buffalo and elephant, plus many other bird and mammal species that can be seen in this wonderful reserve. Certainly we recommend no less than a three day/two night stay-over to experience the African bush veldt.

We also have travel routes for our volunteers to follow should they have limited or unrestricted time on their hands to explore our diverse country – trails that can get you anywhere between Mozambique through to Cape Town and the West Coast region north of our beautiful Mother City!

And before we get carried away, there are plenty of short day-hikes and overnight trails within close proximity to Rocky Road to fill in your time!!!