Heart Projects

A LEAF LIFE initiative by Lisa Marsden

Welcome to XA African Safari’s heart projects page. We believe in responsible tourism and in helping communities sustain and nurture their natural environment. Leaf Life is one of XA African Safari’s heart projects that aims to replace trees that have been cut down so as to preserve Uganda’s rich biodiversity. 

Leaf Life

While Uganda is famous for its mountain gorillas, it is home to some of the highest concentrations of biodiversity in Africa. More than 5,000 plant species are found in the country along with 345 species of mammals, 1015 species of birds, 165 species of reptiles and 43 species of amphibians.

Unfortunately, Uganda has lost over 30% of its remaining rainforest cover. Today deforestation continues at a rate of 2.2% per year, mostly due to subsistence farming, cutting for wood-fuel, and colonization by the growing population. Only 10% of Uganda’s population has access to electricity, while the rest use biomass as a source of energy, especially firewood for cooking.

“Because 89% of rural Ugandans rely on burning firewood for cooking, deforestation is occurring at an alarming rate.” (NEMA)

Uganda’s high population growth, which is currently at 3.2% per annum, has attributed to areas around the capital losing more than 78% of their forestland since 1990, forcing people to migrate out of the crowded city into neighbouring districts.

By becoming a patron of Leaf Life and donating a tree, we will ensure that your tree is planted in an area which is need of your support. By planting a tree, you will be contributing directly towards the regeneration of Uganda’s natural forests and the preservation of its magnificent wildlife, fauna and flora which is so much a part of this beautiful country

Click here for the Leaf Life Pledge Form

 

How can you become a patron of Leaf Life?

STEP 1:
Complete the following form:

Your Name: *

Your Surname: *

Your Email: *

Contact Number: *

Recipient Name: (if different to purchaser)

Date of Tree Donations: *

Reason:

Your Message:

Number of Trees: *

Invoice:
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All fields marked with * are required fields

Alternatively, place your order via email: lisa@xasafaris.com with the information required above.

STEP 2:
Cost: R50 or $5.00 per tree (should you require an invoice, please advise)

Account details:

XA! nini African Wildlife Safaris
Bank: Nedbank
Branch: 106 909
A/C: 1069 340 332 (Trust Account)
Swift Code NEDSZAJJ
Please email / fax proof of paymen

STEP 3: Your order will be processed and electronic verification sent to you

STEP 4: A patron of Leaf Life donation PDF will be emailed

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