About Umvangazi Farms

Umvangazi Farms is a second-generation family farming business situated in the subtropical areas of Kiepersol, Mpumalanga, and Tzaneen, Limpopo. The climate and soils are perfectly suited for the cultivation of Macadamias. Umvangazi Farms started converting gum plantations, avocado and banana orchards to Macadamias 30 years ago. 

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Umvangazi Farms' Sustainability Initiatives

Umvangazi Farms has been focusing on reducing their need for chemical fertilizers and herbicide by embracing their philosophy of farming the soil back to health. In the past 10 years Umvangazi Farms has seen a marked improvement in soil health and sustainable yields, and, as a result, the significant cost-saving benefit of reducing chemical fertilisers. Umvangazi Farms incorporates large volumes of organic material back into the orchards. The organic material is derived from pruning on the farms as well as the husks that are removed after harvesting then composted and used on the orchards.

Solar Energy

Umvangazi Farms is currently exploring the option for solar power.

Fuel Savings

Driving speeds are limited at Umvangazi Farms.


All pruning and husk material is composted, analysed once a year and incorporated into the fertiliser program.

Water Wise

Irrigation is done using Irricheck, which incorporates soil moisture readings, crop factors and current weather conditions into an irrigation program.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

All organic material is composted. All old oil is sold to lubrication businesses.

Promoting Soil Health

Umvangazi Farms makes use of mulching and composting and allows indigenous grasses to grow between rows in the orchards. 

Promoting Biodiversity

All Umvangazi Farms’ farms have established indigenous corridors between orchard blocks. Indigenous game was re-introduced onto the farms. All invasive aliens are removed. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices are implemented as well as the use of biological control agents when necessary.

Reports, Certificates and/or Case Studies


Carbon footprint report

Carbon footprint certificate


Carbon footprint report

Carbon footprint certificate

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Sustainability - Carbon Heroes - Umvangazi Two Oaks Farming - Carbon Footprint - Blue North
Sustainability - Carbon Heroes - Umvangazi Two Oaks Farming - Carbon Footprint - Blue North

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