Fluttering about at Butterfly World in Klapmuts (2018-07-28) Kid Activities | Photo Gallery 10 JUL 2019

Klapmuts’ very own Butterfly World has long since expanded since its early days of just breeding butterflies. Up until recently they had suffixed the word “Zoo” to their title, but that wasn’t really all that accurate, seeing as their expansion is based almost entirely on the public leaving unwanted, injured, or abandoned exotic pets with them. In other words, the recently adopted Butterfly World Animal Sanctuary is a much better suited moniker to rally around!

The girls and I drove out for a visit last year and as usual it was a fun, lengthy visit. There had been a number of changes to the premises since we had last visited, and so it was fun to discover the creepy skeleton park (courtesy of young taxidermist(?) Francois Malherbe), the new outdoor animal enclosures, the newly located tea garden, and even the addition of a hopelessly out of its environment Arctic Fox.

(The spider escapees were pretty funny too!)

Butterflies, guinea pigs, exotic birds, snakes, lizards, spiders, monkeys, meerkats and tortoises, Butterfly World continues to exist as a proper menagerie, with all of it beautifully and playfully presented in its iconic tropical styled garden setup.

As per usual, the girls were entertained, informed and occasionally weirded out, making for a properly memorable family outing then.

And then we popped over to next door’s Villa Visaggio for lunch.

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Visiting Butterfly World in Klapmuts on a Rainy Day (2015-05-31) Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions 14 JUN 2015

If you are ever looking for something to do with the kids then the zoo for small animals, Butterfly World Tropical Garden in Klapmuts never fails to disappoint.

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Essentially a massive green house where butteflies are free to flutter about to their hearts’ content, Buttefly World Tropical Garden is an absolute treat of tropical sights and colours, importing around 300 butterfly pupae per week (all year round) in order to ensure guaranteed delight!

Free roaming small animals, tropical birds, reptiles, and fish can all be found in this fun family outing, with both plenty of indoor and outdoor space available to ensure its viability as a destination in both good and bad weather.

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We tend to head out to Butterfly World quite a lot (probably around twice a year), and even a weekend of bad weather isn’t enough to put us off!

With Chantelle working at the guest house for the day, I opted to take Emily and Jessica out for some adventure, and after buying Emily’s very first set of boots to cope with the wet weather, we had some fun at the Blaauwklippen Family Market before making the long drive through to Klapmuts.

Now of course, I was more than aware that the butterflies wouldn’t be making a strong showing on the day due to the cold weather (they are only really active when it is warm), but what I wasn’t aware of is that Butterfly World actually gives a nice discount to visitors coming in on bad weather days – Certainly a nice little surprise then!

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As expected, the girls had a ball hunting down the few butterflies brave enough to come out and play, and the plenty of other small critters, both feathered, furry and scaly, did a great job of keeping both Jessica and Emily properly entertained.

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To end of a fun afternoon of wandering around and taking in all the colourful tropical sights and sounds, we of course popped in for some food at the Jungle Leaf Cafe, opting to sit outside despite the cold weather in order to give Emily the proper run of the place (she was rather enjoying the sensation of stomping around in boots!)

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In other words, a great outing as always!

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Related Link: Butterfly World | Stellenbosch Connect

Photo Gallery: Butterfly World on Boxing Day (2014-12-26) Photo Gallery 26 DEC 2014

Today is a public holiday, Boxing Day to all of us old enough to remember the term, Day of Goodwill for those of us who are not. Having been a Gordon’s Bay resident long enough to know that you avoid the massively overpopulated beaches come any public holiday in either December or January, Chantelle and I decided to best make use of her morning off by taking Jessica and Emily through to the always a decent kids’ outing, Butterfly World (along the R44, just outside of Klapmuts).

As it turned out the weather was fantastic (read super hot summer’s day), the butterfly enclosure was sticky and warm, and there were in fact a lot more tourists than what we had anticipated. That said, and while the butterflies were perhaps not out in full force, the rest of the complex’s varied animal inhabitants made very sure that Jess thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

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Naturally, with all the sights and sounds experienced, we ended off the trip with a well deserved visit to the Jungle Leaf Cafe (where I stole most of Jess’ chips anyway!).

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Photo Gallery: Jessica and Daddy go to Butterfly World (2013-12-30) Photo Gallery 30 DEC 2013

With Chantelle less and less mobile towards the end of her pregnancy, it was pretty much just Jess and I going out on all of our excursions, and this particular one happened to be our daddy daughter holiday trip to Butterfly World.

As per usual, Jess was super excited in seeing all the butterflies, guinea pigs and marmosets once more, whilst I was left wondering just how many more times in a year I would be forced to trudge through the same attraction over and over again.

(No not really. Secretly I enjoyed the outing – as per usual)

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Photo Gallery: Butterfly World Expedition (2013-01-05) Photo Gallery 05 JAN 2013

I spent the second last day of my holiday with Chantelle, Dad and Jess at Butterfly World – Mom unfortunately missed out due to an emergency Devon look-after call, following the unfortunate burning of Riley’s fingers on the lawnmower.

It was a beautiful summer’s day and despite the unbearable humidity in the butterfly enclosure, and what seems to be the loss of the porcupine exhibit, as well as the dried up river, little Jess seemed to thoroughly enjoy her big expedition.

We capped off the visit with a quick bite to eat, followed by a trip back to Pop’s pad for a nice, refreshing swim in the pool (while Chantelle enjoyed an impromptu nap). So, a good day out then.

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Photo Gallery: Butterfly World (2012-07-01) Photo Gallery 01 JUL 2012

Oupa Monty and Ouma Cheryl joined Chantelle, Jessie and myself for an impromptu visit to the always wonderful Butterfly World on Sunday, where we enjoyed a quick toasted sandwich as a late lunch, before happily entertaining ourselves by strolling through the various live exhibits and enjoying the fact that Jess was loving the experience so! (It was her first time to this marvellous little piece of the Cape)

Unfortunately the cold, overcast weather meant that the butterflies were pretty much a no show, but we knew that going in, and so focused our attention on all the other exhibits like the birds (which Jessie absolutely loved!), guinea pigs, marmosets, meerkats, and of course, the porcupines! (Funnily enough, this was the first time I’ve ever come across a porcupine in real life – they are much bigger than what I had imagined!)

A wonderful family outing like always! :)

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Photo Gallery: Butterfly World (2010-06-13) My Life | Photo Gallery 13 JUN 2010

One of the nicest outings you can go out on here in the area is to Butterfly World, where they literally breed butterflies. Hundreds of colourful, flitting little creatures that delight both young and old. Miguel and Retha joined Chantelle and myself on this particular trip, and needless to say, we had loads of fun – even if that little snake tried to put an end to me! :)

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Burgers and Colouring Pages at Villa Visaggio’s in Klapmuts (2018-07-28) Food and Drink | Photo Gallery 02 OCT 2018

Jessica, Emily and I paid a long overdue visit to Butterfly World back in July, and after a nice lengthy walkabout of butterfly spotting and guinea pig stroking, I decided that we now wanted something to eat. So, I was rather pleased to discover that there is actually quite a nice lunch option situated right next door to the animal sanctuary these days – in the form of one Villa Visaggio’s.

Set up primarily as a stylish venue intended for weddings, conferences, corporate parties and other event gatherings, Villa Visaggio’s is also home to a really nice restaurant – featuring a decent menu packed with well priced, particularly good food. (I had their Mexican burger on the day, and I have to say, it was pretty damn delicious.)

Although not necessarily spacious enough (in terms of grounds) to be labelled as a kid friendly restaurant, there is however a small play area (complete with jumping castle) out back (though not visible from the dining area), and the menu certainly does a great job of doubling up as a neat little colouring page.

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All in all, I rather enjoyed stumbling upon this new option for our annual Butterfly World visit, and honestly, it might just be enough to lure Chantelle to also come out butterfly spotting with us for a change! ;)

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Lunch at Potbelly Coffee Shop & Bakery in Klapmuts (2017-10-07) Food and Drink | Photo Gallery 20 OCT 2017

If you have kids and live out in the Helderberg or Stellenbosch area like we do, then undoubtedly you have at some point made the drive and taken them out for a visit to the always interesting Butterfly World.

If that’s the case, and you travel the route that I would, then you will definitely recognise this particularly eye-catching (and rather cute) logo/name combination:

Funnily enough, I’ve always thought this place was a butchery or bacon/pork-themed restaurant of some sort (kind of like Sweetwell in Stellenbosch), but as it turns out, Potbelly is in fact a coffee shop and bakery of all things!

Tucked into a building which is also home to a fantastic little farm stall/deli called Deli-Co, as well as a bits and bobs home decor store (Bali Trading), Potbelly is a family owned business that specializes in quality wholesome food, homemade pies and bread – baked daily of course.

Given that the R44 is a popular drive with both bikers and classic car clubs alike – not to mention the fact that it is a super popular meeting spot for the locals – this little coffee shop is almost always bustling with activity, and this was certainly the case when Chantelle, the girls and I popped in for a bite to eat a Saturday or two ago.

Luckily for us though, we managed to snag a small table in the corner, and were soon tucking into some delicious, freshly made food.

Although we didn’t get around to trying any of the baked goods on the table, there certainly looked to be some very interesting things on offer, making a sometime in the future coffee stop very much a certainty.

(That said, I was slightly disappointed to discover that they were in fact not a pork-themed butchery/restaurant.)

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Given the general look and feel of Klapmuts as a whole, this nice looking building with its very visible business logos is definitely easy to spot! That said, just in case you need some help, here’s a handy map:

Related Link: Potbelly Coffee Shop & Bakery