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A typical reaction when spotting a butterfly in your garden is to stop and appreciate the creature’s unusual wing markings and random fluttering. Now imagine hundreds of different butterfly species in a confined tropical garden setting and this is what you can expect from a visit to Butterfly World, located off the main N1 highway between Cape Town and Paarl. Butterfly World has been entertaining families and school groups since 1996, is wheelchair friendly and in 2014 received an accreditation award from the African Association of Zoos and Aquaria for its high level of animal care and for providing a valued environmental awareness service to the public.
Aside from the butterflies, Butterfly World’s leafy hothouse shelters all manner of non-threatening tropical animals, from the prehistoric green iguana to the secretive blue duiker, and visitors have the opportunity to get within touching distance of these creatures that are so rarely seen.
The reptile bay houses exotic lizards, snakes and chameleons while the indoor aviary is ablaze with colourful parrots and other brightly-plumed birds.
An interesting display is the butterfly metamorphosis area where the development stage from pupa to adult can be viewed (albeit painfully slow!). Look up and you might see a fruit bat that occasionally “hangs out” on the overhead beam.
The spider room holds all sorts of creepies that tend to cause anguish amongst most, however, it’s an excellent educational space for children to learn more about the arachnid family.
Outside in the lovely gardens is a marmoset walk-through enclosure, a children’s play area and open air pits for the meerkat (suricate) and various species of tortoise.
Light meals are served at the Jungle Leaf Café and the onsite gift shop sells several interesting and unique gifts.
The De La Paix Restaurant is alongside for those wanting more formal meals.
Find that lepidopterist (butterfly enthusiast) within you and pack up the family for a fun and educational day out at Butterfly World.