The descriptions for each of the 440 vegtation types from Vegetation Map of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland are available from the BGIS online mapping system as pdfs - instructions.
This map includes 435 zonal and azonal vegetation types mapped at a working scale of 1:250 000 and sometimes higher resolution. The map is the result of a collaborative project involving about 60 individual contributors from a number of organizations, over a considerable period. It was compiled in order to provide floristically based vegetation units of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland at a greater level of detail than had been available before.
This map is available through this site as a shapefile for download and can be viewed in the interactive map section. Copyright is reserved by SANBI, and distribution of the map without the publisher's permission is illegal.