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We don’t just give students the education and skills needed to prepare them for success, we help them discover themselves, their leadership capabilities and dare them to become conservation change-makers.

Our Campus

AT HOME IN THE WILD

The Southern African Wildlife College campus is located within the Greater Kruger National Park. 

 Our eco-friendly campus is designed to blend in to the natural environment and to use minimal resources like water and electricity without compromising on the comfort of our students. It is also designed to meet the academic, practical, and recreational needs of the people who live, study and work here. We are continuously looking at ways to lighten our footprint even further.

WHY CHOOSE THE SAWC?

Ideal Location

The College is recognised as one of the leading institutions in southern Africa for conservation training. Our location within the Greater Kruger National Park gives our students access to hands-on training opportunities in a Big-5 environment that mirrors their real workplaces back home. As part our applied or learning-by-doing approach, existing and emerging conservation issues are demonstrated in actuality and theoretical and practical skills can be applied immediately in training.

Community relationships

Community engagement is the most important element of developing sustainable conservation practices in Africa. We work closely with our neighbouring communities on the border of the Kruger National Park, and many of our staff live in Welverdiend, which is located adjacent to the campus. Students at the College will have access to multiple land-use types as part of their training, some of which include community owned wildlife reserves and agricultural land.

Industry-leading trainers

Our academic and training staff are leaders in their fields , and our students are learning from some of the best. Students enrolled at the College will benefit from the motivated, flexible, and dynamic team of staff who are committed to developing conservationists in Africa.

Alumni

Over 18 000 students from 56 countries have graduated from the College and have gone on to fulfil roles across the continent, and indeed the globe. These roles are as varied as they are geographically spread, but most Alumni work to protect threatened wildlife and perform the vital role of integrating the needs of their communities with the needs of conservation.

FROM OUR ALUMNI

James MwanzaGreat North Safaris - Zambia
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Conservation initiatives suffer many challenges ranging from funding constraints, competition of resource use, infringements of land use due to growing human population, climate change and reduction of habitat sites. At the College I have learnt that these problems can be addressed through joint initiatives, collaboration, sharing of experience, lessons learnt and expertise.
Ramoshabele Richard Menyatswe North West Parks & Tourism Board – South Africa
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The programmes offered by the College impact directly on our operational ability in the field. For example, in counter poaching (a focus area which is currently compounded by the challenge of rhino horn poaching in my reserve and in our country at large) we have adopted a 10-point strategy learnt at the College and have now adapted our law enforcement programmes.
Kufandada ZhouZimbabwe Parks & Wildlife Management Authority - Zimbabwe
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Had it not been for the funding provided by the College’s Trust, my dreams for conservation studies would have remained a nightmare. All the modules offered are extremely relevant and address important aspects of conservation. They are also practically orientated which allows us to directly apply what we have learnt in our places of work. We have also learnt that by involving communities, they are able to see the value of conservation. This addresses land use activities, which still benefit them, but don’t disturb the integrity of our ecosystems.
Lameck MumbaZambian Wildlife Authority – Zambia
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Other than the knowledge we have gained from the modules we covered, I also greatly value the interactions I’ve had with lecturers and students from other countries. The college is a melting pot and brings together people with diverse experiences which facilitate an active exchange of ideas. As simple and low level as these bonds may seem today, I believe they have the strategic significance of being the seeds of strong future international relations between the different countries we represent.
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