The College offers a three-month duration National Qualification Framework (NQF) Level 2 Dangerous Game Site Guide course and when requested, a two-month duration NQF Level 4 Dangerous Game Site Guide Course. The College’s 4000-hectare core-training area situated within the greater Kruger National Park is the ideal venue for training. ‘Up close and personal’ encounters with all Big Five species are common and under the expert tuition and guidance of our experienced trainers our students become competent and confident dangerous game field guides.
Students are first trained as conservationists, then field guides, and finally in all aspects of the skill of safari hunting. This qualification requires 18 months of intense theoretical and practical training at the Southern African Wildlife College and then a season’s apprenticeship with a registered safari operator. To be fully ‘sustainable’, hunting must address three levels of sustainability. Hunting must be:
- Ecologically sustainable – for the good of the many and various wildlife species (numbers and composition)
- Genetically sustainable – age class and breeding opportunities, for the maintenance of healthy animal genetics and trophy quality, and finally
- Financially sustainable – this is the economic engine which drives habitat protection and by so doing, wildlife conservation.