Southern African Wildlife College

Facilities On/Off Campus

The SAWC is situated within the 16 000ha Kempiana Game Reserve which shares an unfenced boundary with the Kruger National Park and Timbavati Game Reserve. The College has a 1500ha core training area where most training is conducted. The College also has an additional 1000ha when required and can get excess to any part of Kempiana for specific training needs.

Training Infrastructure

The infrastructure at the SAWC comprises two lecture rooms seating up to 95 learners as well as two smaller lecture rooms that can accommodate a further 30 participants each..

The workshop lecture hall currently accommodates 15 students and the College has a fully-equipped automotive workshop comprising 300sqm, a welding shop as well as an infrastructure workshop for the training of carpentry, plumbing and building. Numerous on-site practical training opportunities are also provided both on and off-site in the Kruger National Park, Manyaleti Game Reserve and other areas.

All necessary equipment such as data projectors, TV & video machines, slide projectors, screens, overhead projectors and PA systems are available. A fully equipped computer centre accommodating 30 students with Internet connectivity and a well-stocked, informative resource centre complete with reference books, relevant magazines and videos is available to students.

The College also has its own vehicle fleet including game drive vehicles and two buses. Other facilitation rooms include a full auditorium (for 80 learners) at the Hans Hoheisen research station, only 10 km away from the SAWC.

Resource Centre & Computer Lab

The Resource Centre has a variety of books, reports and journals. Within the library is a lounge area where educational movies are shown during the day. Adjacent to the Resource Centre is a fully-equipped computer lab where there are 30 computers available to students all with Internet access.

The College is also affiliated to the Southern African Inter-lending Scheme (SAIS). This affiliation gives students and trainers access to additional study materials, which the College does not have on site, from both local and international libraries. The Resource Centre also subscribes to the South African Bibliographic and Information Network (SABINET), which allows students and trainers to access on-line journals. These two initiatives and many others have improved the quality of work that the students produce.


Accommodation comprises 58 twin en-suite rooms. Each room contains two single free-standing beds, bedding, chairs, study bench and a bathroom (shower, toilet and basin). In the upgraded Yellow Block there is also a bar fridge and tea/coffee facilities as well as additional amenities that can be provided on request from Reception at an additional cost on a daily basis.

The college also has 17 rustic safari tents with a shower room on suite comprising a shower, toilet and hand basin. The tents are located on the western fence line of the College overlooking the bush runway. Each tent accommodates up to 4 persons on single beds.

A recent addition to the College is a research camp with 6 safari tents with a shower room on suite that can sleep two persons. Self-catering is also available to the researchers, with a lapa area to experience the bush sounds and do outside braai’s.

The Field Ranger training facility, located in the bush in close proximity to the main campus, has been purpose built and can accommodate up to 200 rangers in tents. The training facility is fully self-contained comprising classrooms, a boma facility, parade grade, offices, shower and ablution facilities etc.


A fully equipped hospitality department runs an efficient kitchen and dining room and prepares all meals inclusive of packed meals as required on field trips. They also cater for all functions and group trips to the College. The kitchen is also designed to accommodate the training of tourism / hospitality learners in real workplace requirements.

Bush Pub

The bush Pub is perfect for functions and has seating for 60 people complete with fire pit and braai facilities . Set among overhanging trees, the wooden decking and bar area was built by students during their Infrastructure Training programme.


Recreational facilities include a bush pub, swimming pool, gym equipment, ping-pong, volleyball field and soccer field. A bird hide and botanical trail have also been set up to enhance the learner's nature observation experiences and both are used for tourism and conservation experiential training.

Game drives and walking safaris as well as cultural guiding in the local community can also be arranged. In addition archaeological sites and other recreational facilities are close at hand to add to the tourism training facilities.

Workshops and Teambuilidings

Linking in to our overall brand positioning as an educational and skills development facility, during periods where the students are back at their places of work, the College can be used by outside organisations as a venue for:

  • Workshops
  • Seminars
  • Team building and "Bosberaads"
  • Training hospitality and artisan learnerships (kitchen, accommodation facilities, workshops and related facilities)
The College can be used solely as a venue where accommodation and meals are provided or special packages - including game drives, bush walks, conservation-related activities and community tours - can be arranged to suit the needs of your organisation/party.

Hazel Timm
Operations :: Hospitality Manager
+27 (0)15 793-7310
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