SA College for Tourism

Latest News22 November 2016

Stepping into a future in the tourism industry

A joyous day for all the graduates
A joyous day for all the graduates

On 11 November, 89 young women and 14 young men from rural southern Africa graduated from the SA College for Tourism and its Tracker Academy, with national certificates in hospitality services and tracking animals in the wild respectively. These qualifications will allow them to work in the region's burgeoning tourism sector, enabling them to better not only their own lives, but also those of their families. To date, 92% of graduates of the college have been employed. read more


Winner of the BHP Billiton Achiever Award and the Mail & Guardian Investing in the Future Education Award in 2012

Although Africa currently accounts for only 4% of the global tourism market, the continent’s wealth of natural diversity offers a unique opportunity to expand this market through nature-based tourism. In order to capitalise on the rapid growth of tourism worldwide, ecotourism destinations in Africa – and southern Africa specifically – need professional staff and the necessary infrastructure to cater for those who come to experience Africa’s natural wonders.
The SA College for Tourism has recognised these opportunities and provides professional training for hospitality staff and trackers.
The SA College for Tourism was established in 2001 by Dr Anton Rupert, renowned financier and philanthropist and at the time chairman of Peace Parks Foundation, in partnership with international agencies and public donors. The college operates under the auspices of Peace Parks Foundation and, like the foundation, supports the principles of responsible tourism, maximising benefits and minimising negative impacts.

It is the first training centre in southern Africa to focus its training programmes on the development of operational and management skills for the lodge and guesthouse industry. In addition, it offers courses in the age-old skill of wildlife tracking to preserve this precious indigenous knowledge. Every year 90 young women and 16 young men – all unemployed and from impoverished rural backgrounds – are sponsored for a year-long training course in hospitality service skills and tracking skills respectively.

The Drostdy Hotel annually offers internships and learnerships to hospitality graduates and serves as an operational training area for the college students. Hotel profits are ploughed back into the training of hospitality students at the college.
One of the outcomes of the establishment of transfrontier conservation areas (TFCAs) or peace parks in southern Africa is creating an economically sustainable livelihood for the people living in or adjacent to these parks. It is the aim of the SA College for Tourism to return its graduates to their villages and towns to work in the lodges and guesthouses and for the game reserves that form part of the tourism infrastructure of these peace parks. Upon graduation, these young people are also equipped to establish themselves as entrepreneurs in small tourism businesses.

To date, 92% of hospitality graduates and 94% of Tracker Academy graduates have found permanent employment.
SA College for Tourism has a formal training and human development alliance with Bergplaas Private Nature Reserve. The college and its Tracker Academy have maintained a successful and mutually beneficial relationship with Bergplaas Private Nature Reserve and its Spirit of the Wild Programme since 2012. In terms of the alliance, the Spirit of the Wild Programme annually hosts two groups of eight students from Tracker Academy for a one-week Spirit of the Wild training programme on Bergplaas Nature Reserve. In addition, Bergplaas annually hosts two hospitality graduates and one tracker graduate from the SA College for Tourism and its Tracker Academy respectively for a one-year internship.


In 2012 the college won the following two awards:

  • BHP Billiton Achiever Award – Best Training Programme: Tourism
  • Mail & Guardian Investing in the Future Education Award

The SA College for Tourism is a non-profit organisation.

  • Public benefit organisation number: 18/11/13/349
  • Non-Profit Organisation Number: 080-778-NPO
Should you like to know more about the college, please contact André Kilian, Executive Director, on +27 (0)49 892 2244.
If you would like to make a donation to the SA College for Tourism please contact Claire Binneman-Carretti.

Donors supporting the SA College for Tourism

The SA College for Tourism would like to thank the following donors currently supporting its work, as well as past donors listed in previous years' Annual Reviews.
  • Anglo American Chairman’s Fund
  • Dag Skattum Revocable Trust
  • Dr Edwin de la Harpe Hertzog
  • dhk Architects
  • Dutch Postcode Lottery
  • Embassy of Finland
  • Empowers Africa
  • European Union
  • Stephen Falcke
  • Mr Pat M Goss
  • Hans Hoheisen Charitable Trust (managed by Nedbank Private Wealth)
  • Inyati Guest Lodge
  • Itumeleng Community Trust
  • Jagersfontein Developments
  • Legacy Trust
  • Leinberger Family
  • Lloyds Travel of Sandton
  • Londolozi Game Reserve
  • Marsh Africa
  • National Lotteries Commission
  • Nedbank Eyethu Community Trust
  • Werner Myburgh
  • Barbara Pudel
  • Old Mutual Foundation
  • Rand Merchant Bank
  • Remgro
  • Dr Harold Riley
  • Rupert Nature Foundation
  • Koos and Rona Rupert Education Trust
  • Hansjürg and Francesca Saager
  • Samara Private Game Reserve
  • Shoprite Checkers
  • The Smythe Family
  • Irene Staehelin
  • Glenn van Heerden
  • The Thornybush Collection
  • Richard and Lyell van Rensburg
  • The Van Zyl Family.