Southern African Wildlife College is located in the Hoedspruit area in the Limpopo Province. The college was initiated as a WWF-SA project and the building was completed in 1996.
The College offers a diploma in Natural Resource Management and a learner who has achieved this qualification is able to integrate management knowledge and skills with the operational specifics of a conserved area.
This course has been developed to assist professionalism across the Southern African conservation industry and covers all aspects of:
- Natural resource area planning;
- Landscape management;
- Ensuring the integrity of the protected resource;
- Integrated catchment management;
- People management;
- Tourism/visitor management;
- Resource economics; and
- Project management.
The mission of the college is to provide natural heritage managers, and particularly protected area managers, from Africa with the motivation and relevant skills to manage, in co-operation with stakeholders, their areas and associated wildlife populations sustainably and in a culturally acceptable manner. And the vision is that the Southern African Wildlife College becomes a regionally recognised centre of excellence in conservation education and training.