The Incidental Daddy promotes Butterfly World on the Grand Daddy Hotel Blog. Situated in Paarl’s Klapmuts area, this is the largest free flying park for butterflies in Southern Africa and is a must see place for children and creature lovers to visit.
One of the Many Beautiful Butterflies
Since its development in 1996, great care has been taken to develop a stunning tropical paradise in a 1000m² green house, enhanced by water features and exotic plants. Here the butterflies fly freely around you and colourful butterfly-friendly birds complete the picture. It’s a lovely experience to walk amongst them – just take note of where you step, as some tend to hang out on the ground.
Butterfly World imports 500-800 butterfly pupae per week all year round from countries such as Cost Rica, Philippines, Malayasia and China that have breeding farms, and their ‘nursery’ offers a very informative section on the types of butterflies homed, the differences between moths and butterflies, the reasons for their colours and more … Fascinating.
From the main enclosure there are many areas to venture into, one of my favourites being the large iguana cage. Did you know that a green tree iguana can grow up to 2m in length, intimidating for some, but I absolutely love them. Don’t tell a soul but I broke the rules and touched one! Actually they are placid vegetarians that like to hang out in the sun, I see common ground here …
Iguana you beauty, I love him!
Butterfly World is constantly evolving and they have recently added The Martin Filmer Spider Room with its displays of indigenous and exotic spiders and scorpions. There is also an area where parrots, cockatiels and lovebirds roam; many rescue birds that arrive in a bad shape and soon relax into their idyllic new environment. There are loads more reptiles and guinea pigs and even Marmosets to add to the fun. And throughout the theme is conservation and education.
Guinea Pig napping – snug as a bug, so to speak …
There is also a lovely outdoor garden with a meerkat enclosure, free range ducks and chickens, a restaurant and curio shop. No need to rush though, you are encouraged to hang around as long as you want to as you learn more about the beautiful creatures preserved in this Sanctuary.
Opening times are 09h00 to 17h00 every day of the year except for Christmas day. Cost @ R43.00 per adult, R25.00 for children over 3 and there is a family package option of R111.00 per family of 2 adults, 2 children.
Go Go Go, you’ll love it!