A flight from Europe to South Africa for example emits around 3,000 kg of C02 into the atmosphere per passenger. This equals the total output of CO2 that can be allotted to each human being per year without harming the environment.
In order to compensate for a portion of the emissions caused by air travel, Umfulana has a tree planted in South Africa for each of our clients.
Only indigenous trees are selected, such as Yellow Wood (podocarpus), Wild Peach, Fever Tree and White Stinkwood (Celtis Africana). Before they were nearly eliminated by lumber companies in the 19th century, these tree species were mainly found in the valleys of Natal, where they were protected from forest fires.
The trees used in our project are planted on several farms north of Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal. They are placed along streams, around dams or as a buffer between remaining natural forests and commercial plantations. This helps create an ecological network in which indigenous plants and animals can be better protected.
At the same time, the project contributes to the permanent removal of CO2 from the atmosphere. A White Stinkwood binds around 4,000 kg of CO2 over a 20 year span, while a Yellow Wood binds about 3,000 kg over a period of 50 years.
The cost of planting a tree is € 24.00. We would ask all travellers to Southern Africa to make a contribution of € 12.00 per person (50% of the total cost). The voluntary contribution to climate compensation is included in the price of our tours but can be removed upon request. Otherwise, Umfulana will donate the remaining 50% of the contribution.
Participating clients receive the GPS data of the farm on which their tree is planted. Due to the fact that the planting season is from September to February, the trees may not be planted until after the particular trip in some cases.