Southern African Wildlife College South Africa

Southern African Wildlife College South Africa

Expand your horizons

The SAWC is the most effective hands-on conservation training institution, working beyond boundaries to conserve and secure Africa’s wildlife and ecosystems in partnership with local communities.

Discover the College

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 challenge them to use these skills to become conservation change-makers.

Partner with us

The success of the College depends on the collaboration and support of numerous conservation groups, government agencies, conservation organisations, our donors and other partners.


To inspire every person we train and engage with to conserve our natural world.

Every student we train, wilderness area we protect, every community-engaged, every species brought back from the brink, begins with you. Your support will help make a lasting difference across Africa.

Training beyond boundaries

In striving to inspire every person we train and engage with to conserve our natural world, we are innovative, transformative and solutions-driven.

Our purpose is to equip people with the necessary knowledge and applied skills to conserve and protect Africa’s natural resources and its biodiversity. We go beyond boundaries so we can do this in viable, inclusive and economically successful ways.

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Our core values and guiding principles are:






Our guiding principles


We strive for excellence, are committed, proactive and responsive. Passion is what drives us.


We act ethically and respectfully.


Credibility underpins what we do, whilst our flexibility and adaptability maintains our competitive edge.


We have a sense of urgency and remain focused on sustainable results and outcomes.


We are dedicated as an institution to applied, innovative and adaptive learning.


Our collective and individual actions bring about positive change.

Our Goal statements

In response to current conservation challenges: