One of my daughter’s favourite places to visit is Butterfly World in Klapmuts, outside Stellenbosch. It’s less than an hour from Cape Town and gives young and old an opportunity to experience some of South Africa’s most beautiful butterflies, as well as their winged cousins from as far afield as China, Malaysia and the Philippines.
The tropical garden is climate-controlled and the air is warm and humid all year round. It has to be, for the sake of its inhabitants, but the balmy conditions also make it the perfect spot for humans to indulge their natural curiosity in summer and winter!
Birds, snakes, lizards, tortoises, monkeys, spiders, scorpions and squirrels can also be found and there is a lovely park for the children to enjoy. Hungry? Tuck into traditional South African fare and some Cape Malay favourites at the Butterfly World café, which is very reasonably priced and boasts a hearty breakfast and brunch menu.
Butterfly World is located on the R44 just off the N1 highway in Klapmuts, near Stellenbosch. It is open from Monday to Sunday, 09h00 to 17h00, and the entrance fee varies. Call them on +27 (0)21 875 5628 for more information.