Fig. 2. The location of the Gouritz planning domain in South Africa (inset). The enlarged map shows perennial rivers, and existing protected areas (Types 1 and 2) that lie in two east-west axes mainly along the two mountain ranges. Broadly speaking, the Nama-Karoo biome lies to the north of the northern mountain range, and the fynbos biome lies between the southern mountain range and the sea, as well as on the mountains. The Succulent Karoo biome lies mainly between the two mountain ranges, as thicket vegetation tracks most river courses and coastal areas. The forest biome enters the planning domain only in the south-east.