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  • Cultivating the Custodians of our Natural Heritage

    I often remember the words of my wonderful friend, companion and mentor, Magqubu Ntombela, as we toiled up the hills in the hot sun Mfolozi Game Reserve. "We are doing the work of God", he would say. "And our reward will come when people realise how important our national parks and game reserves really are....Dr Ian Player, Internationally renowned conservationist...Read more

  • Wildlife Guardian Programme

    In response to the current rhino poaching crisis in South Africa, a joint proposal between the Southern African Wildlife College (SAWC) and the Game Ranger’s Association of Breitling Replica Watches Africa (GRAA) gave  rise to the Wildlife Guardian Programme. This programme...Read more

  • Conservation and Environmental Bridging Programme

    It is essential for future leaders in conservation to be identified within the school system at an early stage and to be exposed to appropriate training opportunities. This programme is aimed at historically disadvantaged school leavers....Read more

  • Enterprise Development/New Venture Creation

    The future of South Africa's economy does not only lie in the formal sector, but also within the informal SMME sector. This is a growing part of South Africa's economy and requires substantial focus from a developmental perspective. It is essential that communities benefit ...Read more

  • Community Rangers Programme

    Many of our wilderness areas are under the growing threat of increasing population growth, sprawling urbanisation, deepening poverty, encroaching land use, poaching and the unsustainable exploitation of natural resources. It for this reason that...Read more

  • The Sustainable Utilisation Programme – PH Course

    The programme is designed to empower persons from historically disadvantage backgrounds to access an employment sector which, according to the Department of Environmental Affairs, is responsible for making an extremely valuable contribution to the economy...Read more

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SHORT COURSES                   

The College also offers a range of specialist short courses, either as nationally accredited learning programmes with CATHSSETA or non-accredited needs driven programmes. The short courses include a wide spectrum of wildlife management, nature-based tourism, community-based natural resource management and environmentally-related topics.

These courses are aimed at improving all-round performance and understanding whilst also helping to fill any skills gaps. In doing so, the College also aims to open career opportunities for personnel who do not have the formal qualifications to become protected area natural resource managers. These bridging skills also build capacity and equip personnel with the necessary skills to manage their areas more effectively. A minimum of 10 participants is required for these short courses to run.

Please contact the college directly to arrange tailor-made short courses to suit specific training needs. 



(Please refer to the prospectus on the training programmes menu for more detailed information )

  • Field Ranger Training
  • Nature Guiding
  • Introduction to Geographical Information Systems
  • Advanced GiS for Wildlife Managers
  • Project Management
  • Community Based Natural Resource Management
  • Tourism Management
  • Trans-Frontier Conservation Management
  • Natural Resource Protection
  • Ensuring Ecosystem Integrity
  • Ensuring Effective Management of Protected Areas
  • Environmental Development Plans
  • Protected Area Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • General Assistant
  • Assessor
  • Fire as a Management Tool
  • Tree Identification
  • Housekeeping
  • Tracking
  • Fence Maintenance
  • Wildlife Conflict Management
  • First Aid
  • Front of House
  • Resource Economics...


Estimated course rates are per person, based on a minimum number of 10 participants and includes all meals, accommodation (sharing), course material and activities. A single supplement will be charged for requested single accommodation and is subject to availability. Transport to and from the College is excluded and can be quoted separately on request.

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