About Us



The South African Butler Academy is a unique Butler Training institute which offers Butler Training to individuals who want to start a new career as Professional Butlers / Household Managers and Personal Assistants. World class material written by Butler experts, who are not only experienced in the field, but also have training skills, aids in mastering the art of true Butler Service.

SABA – South African Butler Academy – is World renowned for our modern approach to Butler Service in private households, resorts, exclusive yachts and passenger liners. Our training material is sourced Worldwide, but customized for our own unique requirements and standards. SABA standards are above the expected International norm.

At SABA you will undergo an eight week intensive training program which is not only focused on skills, but also on interpersonal relationship management skills within the sophisticated environment of Butlers. The Training Course is based on “Role Play” and Theoretical Training which is the foundation for all butlers. The personalities, challenges and situations we created for our students are to simulate, and give you the experience of a real household. The reality is  97% of our students graduate with excellent results and 90% end up in rewarding positions provided by the Butler Academy or sources by the candidate themselves or other parts of the world!

We do require all applicants to be aware that the SABA Butler Training program is based on both solid theoretical and practical Butler skills. At SABA our trainers express experiential training.

All students who attended the SABA Butler training program have consistently given positive feedback on the successful outcome in their new work environment. The Key is to be the best in your new employment weather you are working on a yacht, estate or a diplomatic home – you are a SABA Butler “unique” and the best in the world!

The  Butler Academy is a unique and exclusive Butler School. We are proud to have a legacy in the market as our clients are kept confidential and above all “disclosure” is our highest priority.The Butler Academy is evidently proud that some of the world’s wealthiest families and businesses, as well as five-star hotels and resorts,  source Butlers from the Academy.

On campus, we have an unique recruitment service dedicated only to the procurement of Butler Service in South Africa and Internationally called “Guild Recruitment”. Once you have obtained the SABA certificate, it will ensure not only yourself, but your prospective client of the highest standards of Butler service.

Camps Bay to the vibrant V&A Waterfront, Cape Town City centre and the award winning wine farms of Stellenbosch and Franschoek – time spent in Cape Town will not be forgotten least to say your time at SABA will be remembered for eternity!


The South African Climate is exceptionally well received by all our foreign students and local. Welcome to Cape Town – a city with a diverse range of attractions, sights and activities to offer. From lavish and luxurious to back-packing on a budget, Cape Town has something for everyone. From the landmark beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay to the vibrant V&A Waterfront, Cape Town City centre and the award winning wine farms of Stellenbosch and Franschoek – time spent in Cape Town will not be forgotten least to say your Time at SABA will be remembered for Eternity!

SABA Unit Standards include:

Master Valet / Silver Service / Table Service / Etiquette & Protocol / Executive Housekeeping / Culinary Training / Household Management / Caviar Service / Hotel Butler / Jet Butler / Yacht Butler / Estate Management / Security Awareness  / Home Automation / Interpersonal Management Skills / Butlers Office / Butlers Pantry / World of Travel / High Tech & Chauffeur   Training / Butler Administration / Laundry Management / Special Areas of Expertise / Wine Service / Personal Grooming (new*)  / Role of the Butler within the Hotel / Attention to Detail / Hotel Service SOP / How to create the correct image / Personal Assistant / Au Pair Skills / Pet Care / Food Hygiene Management  SABA Unit Standards

Please note the above is Copyright protected, we are the only school in South Africa who offers Butler training in a 8 week capacity. Our Butler trainers work in “real life” homes across Cape Town who teach and mentor you as a SABA Student. ©

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