National Land Cover Data for SA

Land cover data is a crucial reference dataset that informs a wide variety of activities ranging from environmental planning and protection, development planning, economic development, compliance monitoring, enforcement and strategic decision making.

The National Land Cover Data (1990 and 2013-14) includes 35 and 72 classes ranging from agriculture, forestry, vegetation, wetlands, mining and built up areas to name a few.

The data sets was acquired by the department with open user license from GeoTerraImage and is available for download from the Download page. (Registration and Password Required).

Please note: The Department of Environmental Affairs will be receiving updated versions of other National Land Cover products. If you need assistance or have questions, please feel free to e-mail your contact details to