Although Cape Town is still experiencing cold, rainy weather, the first day of Spring is just around the corner. Radiant, white daisies have started to cover the Cape’s green fields like blankets of snow and exquisite, bright-coloured butterflies have begun to frolic and flutter amongst them.
Butterfly conservation is important in South Africa, as these fascinating little creatures play a very important ecological role in pollinating plants and keeping the ecosystem balanced. ‘Butterfly World Tropical Garden,’ more commonly referred to as ‘Butterfly World,’ is one of the most well-recognised butterfly houses in the Western Cape.
Situated at the cross roads of the Paarl, Stellenbosch and Wellington Wine Routes, Butterfly World is a luxuriant paradise that both adults and children will find enjoyable and educational. Home to a spectacular variety of tropical butterflies, the enchanting sanctuary consists of a tropical garden in a 1000 m2 green house.
The mini-ecosystem of misty waterfalls and lush plants provides visitors with the ideal surroundings in which to learn more about Butterfly conservation. What makes Butterfly World so unique is its wonderful variety of tropical butterflies.
Butterfly World imports 300 butterfly pupae per week all year round. Although the butterflies are more active during the warmer weather, the opportunities for up-close sightings improve when the conditions are cooler; making it the ideal Winter adventure for the entire family.
In addition, butterflies are not the only marvels of nature to observe in this sanctuary, the green house is also home to a variety of reptiles, tarantulas, birds and marmoset monkeys. Butterfly World is open from 9 am to 5pm, Monday to Sunday. Tickets can be purchased upon arrival and are R58 per adult and R33 per child. For more information visit Butterfly World or contact them on 021 875 5628.
Blog Post written by Samantha Griffiths
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