© Koos van der Lende
© Koos van der Lende
Southern African Wildlife College

27 June 2011


The Southern African Wildlife College, situated 10 km west of the Orpen Gate of the Kruger National Park in the Limpopo province of South Africa opened its doors in 1997 and is proudly supported by WWF South Africa and Peace Parks Foundation who share the vision of building the capacity of staff in wildlife areas. The college’s programmes cover the full spectrum of skills needed to sustain and rehabilitate wildlife areas. The foundation has been sponsoring student bursaries since 1997 and contributed to the college’s operating costs from 2004 to 2012.

Following the development of a new business plan in 2010, the college has expanded its relevance and reach and created opportunities to ensure its financial sustainability. It has also developed and diversified training products to address training needs across a broader spectrum.

In 2011 the college, which was registered as a Private Further Education and Training College, achieved further accreditation as a Private Higher Education and Training (HET) Institution. The college’s flagship programmes, with an intake of 50 students per year, are the Higher Certificate in Nature Conservation – Implementation and Leadership and the Advanced Certificate in Nature Conservation – Transfrontier Management

In 2013 the college entered into a new agreement with Peace Parks Foundation: the foundation will help subsidise the college’s HET protected area management students, contribute towards fundraising for conservation projects and serve as a business partner for training initiatives in the TFCAs.

The 2 189 students trained in 2013 brought the total number of students trained by the college to 10 480. Impressive growth has certainly been achieved in all training programmes. More importantly, the students trained now oversee the protection of the region’s natural resources and wildlife.

For information on the training programmes of the college and on how you could support it, please go to the Southern African Wildlife College website.

Donors supporting the college

The Southern African Wildlife College would like to thank the following donors currently supporting its work, as well as past donors listed in previous years' Annual Reviews.

  • Afrisam
  • Aimpoint
  • Anglo American Chairman’s Fund
  • Dallas Safari Club
  • Distell
  • Flemish government
  • Fondation Hoffmann
  • Frankfurt Zoological Society
  • Hans Hoheisen Charitable Trust (managed by BoE Private Clients as sole trustee)
  • International Labour Organisation
  • KfW
  • Liberty Wildlife Fund
  • Mava Foundation for Nature
  • Professional Hunters’ Association of South Africa
  • Rand Merchant Bank
  • The Rufford Foundation
  • South African National Lotteries Distribution Trust Fund
  • Southern African Wildlife College Trust
  • Swedish Postcode Lottery
  • Tusk Trust
  • US Fish & Wildlife Services – Wildlife without Borders Africa Programme
  • Van Loveren
  • The Van Zyl Family


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