Western Cape Tourist AttractionsThe Butterfly World
Where? Route 44, Klapmuts (near Stellenbosch and Paarl), Cape Winelands
When? Monday to Sunday from 09h00 to 17h00. Closed on Christmas Day.
How? Call +27 (0)21 875-5628
One does not need much persuasion to visit a tropical garden housed within a 1000 square meter greenhouse filled with incredible free-flying and exotic butterflies.
A visit to Butterfly World is a stop that takes little effort, and is invariably richly rewarded with sightings of butterflies from as far afield as Costa Rica, the Philippines, Malaysia, and China. The team at Butterfly World fly in pupae every week from these countries, all year round, and the butterflies emerge and make their home in the tropical garden.
High temperatures and humidity levels, as well as the right amount of sunlight, are imperative for the survival of these delicate creatures.
It is a safe bet to visit when the sun is out, as overcast and cold days may well prevent the butterflies from emerging – they are known to be more active on days when the sun shines.
And Butterfly World is not just about butterflies. There is also a spider room with displays of indigenous and exotic spiders and scorpions (safely behind glass) that do much in the way of dispelling the myths and fears that surround these unique eight-legged creepy crawlies (the scorpion’s large front pincers are not officially legs, but qualify as appendages).
There is also an outdoor garden in which you will find a large aviary, a meerkat enclosure, and wandering ducks, chickens and goats eagerly awaiting the seed and fodder that children can buy from the gift shop in order to hand feed them.