Butterfly World, Cape Winelands
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. Butterfly World, the largest butterfly park in South Africa, lies at the cross roads of Paarl, Stellenbosch and Wellington, just off the N1 at exit 47, near a little village known as Klapmuts.
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.
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.
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