IMG_0008Living in Cape Town means there is no shortage of family-friendly places to visit. It’s not surprising then that it’s taken us this long to make our way to Butterfly World Tropical Garden.

When two moms were looking for a unique experience for four kids, we knew that Butterfly World was where we were heading to see some interesting creatures and beautiful exotic butterflies!

The drive out to the Cape Winelands went by very quickly, even with four kids in the back seat. It’s actually surprisingly easy to get to Butterfly World since it’s just a straight shot down the N1 freeway from where we live.


The Butterfly World Experience


Tickets were priced very reasonably at R72 per adult and R41 per child. The very first exhibition is a big indoor tropical garden. The children had so much fun exploring here with all the butterflies flying freely around our heads! The temperature in the garden is a bit humid and stuffy but it is the optimum temperature for the butterflies.


We had fun exploring the garden until we happened to look up and noticed the enormous family of bats hanging from the canopy right above our heads! I’d never seen a bat up close but somehow I pictured them to be much smaller like the size of little mice. These bats were just huge and I was in a hurry to get out because I just imagined them grabbing my hair!


The kids had so much fun exploring the tropical garden and looking at bats, butterflies, fish, snakes, etc. and there were tons of interesting things to photograph.


Butterfly World Residents

  • An Arctic fox
  • Meerkat
  • Iguanas
  • Guinea pigs
  • Snakes
  • Tortious
  • Turtles
  • Spiders
  • Scorpions
  • Parrots of all colors
  • Little monkeys
  • and of course – tons and tons of free-flying exotic butterflies!


Alexandra felt a bit sad for the giraffe who’s skeleton is on display at Butterfly World but her brother assured her that it most likely had died of old age.


There were so many other things to see it would be hard to describe so best to visit it yourself! Visiting Butterfly World was an educational experience for us as well as the kids and a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

We will definitely be visiting again and I’d urge you to do the same!

Butterfly World Highlights