Butterfly World Tropical Garden is one of the more unique attractions of the Western Cape Winelands, and Cape Town. Butterfly world consists of a tropical garden in a 1000 m2 green house which is home to thousands of free flying butterflies, (It is hot and humid inside so that it is the ideal environment for the tropical butterflies) as well as some other areas housing exotic animals such as reptiles, tarantulas, birds, marmoset monkeys and meerkats.
Tropical butterflies are raised on breeding farms in countries such as Costa Rica, Philippines, Malaysia and China. Butterfly pupae are flown in to Butterfly World where the butterflies emerge into the tropical garden.
Butterfly World Tropical Garden imports 300 butterfly pupae per week all year round. Butterflies are, apart from high temperature and humidity levels, also dependent on the amount of sunlight present. Some days which are overcast and cold may prevent the butterflies from being as active as on a sunny day. If you visit on such a day, spend your time investigating our other interesting animal displays (reptiles, tarantulas, birds, marmoset monkeys, meerkats and lots more) and see the resting butterflies close up, a privilege not always available when they are active on a hot day
This luxuriant paradise makes the free flying exotic butterflies feel right at home.
There is a curio shop and restaurant on the premises.
Butterfly world is located at the cross roads of the Paarl, Stellenbosch and Wellington Wine Routes, near the small Boland town of Klapmuts. Just off the N1 at Exit 47, on the Route 44 (300m to the south), it is very accessible to the many tourists visiting the area.