The Nsasani Trust is an educational non-profit organization based in Skukuza, Kruger National Park (KNP) which is dedicated to the empowerment of South Africans through holistic education and training programs. Its objective is to foster a generation of conscious leaders who are capable of building a better future for South Africa in the face of complex social and environmental challenges, including biodiversity management for conservation. Its founding members have a proven track record of inspiring young scientists through the running of higher education programs in collaboration with the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS), the University of Cape Town, the University of the Witwatersrand, the University of the Western Cape, Duke University, South African National Parks (SANParks) and SAEON, the South African Environmental Observation Network.
The Nsasani Trust in partnership with OTS and SANParks constitutes the Skukuza Science Leadership Initiative (SSLI). The SSLI delivers a service in support of the Human Capital Development Strategy for the Environmental Sector (DEA) and more specifically, the Biodiversity Sector (Green Matter, SANBI and the Lewis Foundation). The SSLI captures an opportunity to use one of South Africa’s greatest natural assets, the KNP, as a classroom allowing for experiential learning that links biodiversity management, higher education institutions and local communities.