The potential natural vegetation map on your mobile


For those working in the field, but also for those who want to learn more about the potential natural vegetation while on safari, we are creating potential natural vegetation maps for on your mobile. The map is similar to the online maps, but you can bring it with you on your phone or tablet, even when you are off-line.

There are various viewers that can work with the maps (search for "MBTiles" in the app store ). If you want the option to click on the map to get a popup with information about the vegetation, try out the excellent Locus mapviewer on Android. Another app that is reported that works is Map Viewer. On your iphone check out Maptiler GPS viewer (also available on Android) or use the search term mbtiles to look . Want to know more? Click here for tutorials about how to use the map in various map viewers.


Be aware that the files are fairly large. So if you are on a data plan, you might want to download it when connected to wifi. Before downloading and using the map, please read the terms of use and disclaimer (end page).

Quick install of maps in Locus map viewer.

Download maps for MBTiles compatible map viewers.

Other formats

For Android there are various map viewers that support MBtiles, including Locus mapviewer, OruxMap, Geopaparazzi, OSMdroid, and Maptiler GPS viewer. The latter is also available for Iphone and Ipad, and has been reported to work with our maps, including support for displaying the name of the vegetation type. If you know of other viewers that support this format, please let us know. If your favorite map viewer does not support MBtiles, there are various tools to convert mbtiles to other formats. Or you can contact us, perhaps we can help you. See also the Africa Tree finder app for Androids.

Citation and terms of use

By downloading and using the data, you indicate that you agree with the terms of use as described here. Please use the following citation in any materials or publications derived in part or in whole from the data:

van Breugel P, Kindt R, Lillesø JPB, Bingham M, Demissew S, Dudley C, Friis I, Gachathi F, Kalema J, Mbago F, Moshi HN, Mulumba, J, Namaganda M, Ndangalasi HJ, Ruffo CK, Védaste M, Jamnadass R and Graudal L (2015) Potential Natural Vegetation Map of Eastern Africa (Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia). Version 2.0. Forest and Landscape (Denmark) and World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF). URL: http://vegetationmap4africa.org


The Vegetationmap4africa team and its partners make no warranties or representations, expressed or implied, regarding the use of the material appearing in this dataset with regard to their correctness, reliability, accuracy, or otherwise. Please note that our map was not designed for navigational purposes, for which we advise you to use up to date road maps and/or tools developed for that purpose.

The material and geographic designations in this dataset do not imply the expressions of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Vegetationmap4africa team concerning the legal status of any country, territory or area, nor concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries (boundaries were based on the GADM database of Global Administrative Areas). The Vegetationmap4africa team shall not be responsible or liable to any person, firm or corporation for any loss, damage, injury, claim or liability of any kind or character based on or resulting from any information contained in the dataset.