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Butterfly World

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Address: Route 44, Klapmuts 7625, South Africa
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+27 21 875 5628
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Butterfly World Tropical Garden hosts exotic, free flying butterflies. We...

Butterfly World Tropical Garden hosts exotic, free flying butterflies. We are also a sanctuary for over 600 exotic animals, such as antelope, iguanas, monkeys, snakes, spiders and much more. Many of our animals roam freely in the gardens. We also offer a skeleton park, tea garden, craft-centre and edu-centre.

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A lovely oasis

The key to this is that you must go early when there are lots of butterflies around, there tend to be fewer and fewer as the day goes on. They are all beautiful and I also enjoyed... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 February 2017
Leyburn, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Having visited butterfly parks in various country's I was really looking forward to this one ..it being in S. A. I imagined the variety.s would be something special ..butterfly's are so delicate and the many designs and colours of their wings are so pretty ..but alas this visit was a big letdown ..we entered the enclosed area and .....unless they... More 

Thank tershin
Western Cape, South Africa
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93 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Although my friend visiting from Australia enjoyed the visit, I was a bit disappointed. Gone is the good restaurant that used to be at the entrance to the facility. Now you have to work your way through the whole facility to get a cup of coffee. The coffee and scones were not bad and was reasonably priced, but the butterflies... More 

Thank Sam d
HelenBriers, Manager at Butterfly World, responded to this review

Thank you for your detailed response. We have indeed undergone major changes in the last 6 months. The family restaurant next door is now part of Butterfly World Zoo and has become our main eatery. The two sites are connected via a walk way that takes you past the large aviary. Over the years Butterfly World Zoo has changed from... More 

Tavistock, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Excellent attraction and value for money. Birds, butterflies, snakes, iguanas, lizards and even guinea pigs. Small shop and drinks station. Would recommend for a couple of hours.

Thank MandSSquire
Leyburn, United Kingdom
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120 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

The key to this is that you must go early when there are lots of butterflies around, there tend to be fewer and fewer as the day goes on. They are all beautiful and I also enjoyed the iguanas, parrots and other birds. Worth a visit.

Thank 1sammi
HelenBriers, Manager at Butterfly World, responded to this review

Thank you Sammi, We care for over 700 animals here, so it is awesome that you enjoyed the iguanas and birds as well. We have come a very long way from being a butterfly enclosure to a full on zoo that takes in animals that have nowhere else to go. Hope to see you again soon! More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

While it was educational and there were some interesting things to see, it felt a bit run down and it would have been nice to have a tour guide or someone to make it a bit more interesting or more information to read. The smell from the food for the animals for a pregnant woman was quite strong! The entrance... More 

Thank Sarah D
Strand, Western Cape, South Africa
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17 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

We had a very pleasant experience today. The interior is very interesting and appealing. We thoroughly enjoyed walking through so many little critters. Our child especially loved having the butterflies around her, but here I would agree with a previous poster. There are what looks like hundreds of beautiful butterflies pinned up in display cases but very few actual specimens... More 

Thank Alicia M
Mossel Bay, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

We visited Butterfly World with our 2 year old son. It was easy to find and there was lots of parking. The entrance fee was a bit expensive but at our son could enter for free. Great place to for photographers…my husband spent the full 2 hours of our visit taking photos of the different butterflies. The butterflies only kept... More 

Thank Lu-Gerda
HelenBriers, Manager at Butterfly World, responded to this review

Thank you for this honest review. Well done for bringing the little one. Even if their attention spans are short, they retain a massive amount of information, but more importantly, they remember how they felt, seeing and experiencing the different creatures and lush gardens. It is never too early to introduce children to the amazing variety of creatures and plants... More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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56 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

On our recent trip to Cape Town we decided to spend some time at Butterfly World as this came highly recommended. It was a really interesting experience and what is offered is really unique. We was a little disappointed as the "amount" of butterflies on display is not as big as anticipated. The "But" in my heading comes in with... More 

Thank Fstate
Cape Town, South Africa
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41 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

We took our kids out for a few hours, and we are so impressed with the place. It want just about butterfly's but other animals as well as rescuing animals. It is such an amazing place for any one who loves kids. There is a restaurant on the premises as well. We even sat in the garden under the tree.... More 

Thank Lee-sahT
Eastern Cape, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

We have been visiting Butterfly World for the last 3 years regularly. We got an annual family pass which benefited our family outings alot as the kids always have something new to explore and to investigate at Butterfly World!! As the kids grow up they enjoyed the educational center the most!! All their questions got answered which are a bonus... More 

Thank Marthe2017

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