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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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The College is situated within the 16 000ha Kempiana Game Reserve which shares an unfenced boundary with the Kruger National Park and Timbavati Game Reserve. The College has a 1500ha core training area where most training is conducted. The College also has an additional 1000ha when required and can get excess to any part of Kempiana for specific training needs.

Training Infrastructure

The infrastructure at the SAWC comprises two lecture rooms seating up to 95 learners as well as two smaller lecture rooms that can accommodate a further 30 participants each.

The workshop lecture hall currently accommodates 15 students and the College has a fully-equipped automotive workshop comprising 300sqm, a welding shop as well as an infrastructure workshop for the training of carpentry, plumbing and building.  Numerous on-site practical training opportunities are also provided both on and off-site in the Kruger National Park, Manyaleti Game Reserve and other areas.

All necessary equipment such as data projectors, TV & video machines, slide projectors, screens, overhead projectors and PA systems are available. A fully equipped computer centre accommodating 30 students with Internet connectivity and a well-stocked, informative resource centre complete with reference books, relevant magazines and videos is available to students.

The College also has its own vehicle fleet including game drive vehicles and two buses. Other facilitation rooms include a full auditorium (for 80 learners) at the Hans Hoheisen research station, only 10 km away from the SAWC.

Resource Centre & Computer Lab

The resource centre has a variety of books, reports and journals. Within the library is a lounge area where educational movies are shown during the day. A variety of board games, magazines and fiction books are also available.

Adjacent to the Resource Centre is a fully-equipped computer lab where there are 30 computers available to students all with Internet access.


Accommodation comprises 58 twin en-suite rooms (fitted for study with desks and chairs), and 17 safari tents (3-4 persons per tent accommodating a total of 58 students).


A fully equipped hospitality department runs an efficient kitchen and dining room and prepares all meals inclusive of packed meals as required on field trips. They also cater for all functions and group trips to the College. The kitchen is also designed to accommodate the training of tourism / hospitality learners in real workplace requirements.

Bush Pub

The bush Pub is perfect for functions and has seating for 60 people complete with fire pit and braai facilities . Set among overhanging trees, the wooden decking and bar area was built by students during their Infrastructure Training programme.


Recreational facilities include a bush pub, swimming pool, gym equipment, ping-pong, volleyball field, soccer field and an outdoor fitness obstacle course. A bird hide and botanical trail have also been set up to enhance the learner's nature observation experiences and both are used for tourism and conservation experiential training. Game drives and walking safaris as well as cultural guiding in the local community can also be arranged. In addition archaeological sites and other recreational facilities are close close at hand to add to the tourism training facilities.


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