Environmental Profile

The municipality covers an area of 429058.8ha of which 66.6 % has remained as natural habitat. There are no protected areas or RAMSAR sites in the municipality. There is only one biome in the municipality, namely Grassland. Six vegetation types, covering 429058.6ha are found in the Mantsopa Municipality. There are two vulnerable ecosystems, namely Eastern Free State Clay Grassland and Eastern Temperate Freshwater Wetlands. The Freshwater Ecosystems in the municipality are characterized by three water management areas which include the Middle Vaal and Upper Orange.  Six rivers run through the municipality. Wetlands cover approximately 6936.8ha of the municipal area.