There is more than you’d expect at Butterfly World
Last Saturday after taking my new car for a spin in the mountains behind Paarl and taking in lunch at a wine farm we were on our way back to Cape Town on the N1 when on the spur of the moment we thought we would visit Butterfly World just off the highway.
As you enter the greenhouse you are hit by the humidity and warm temperature that the butterflies are dependent on but you soon forget about this as you are surrounded by hundreds of butterflies from very colourful ones to ones with transparent wings (see above). They flit about seemingly unperturbed by your presence and some may even land on you although you are cautioned not to touch them as they are very delicate. It’s not only about these winged insects though as through the next door is the reptile bay where you can right up close to some iguanas.
Around the corner there was this large iguana who was sitting in the middle of the path and in no hurry to get out the way so we nervously stepped over him to proceed to the spider room.
Spiders really aren’t my favourite things so after a brief glance it was on to the aviary with doves, parrots and love birds.
And there’s more. They even had a meerkat and this little guy was very curious. He climbed up the side of his cage to look at us before falling back down and returning to the comfort of his blanket.
Unfortunately we had arrived close to their closing time so we didn’t get to see everything but there was time for one more walk through the greenhouse and found this colourful butterfly who had recently hatched from its pupa.
So next time you’re travelling on the N1 out of Cape Town why consider taking in this rather unique attraction. You won’t be disappointed.