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Butterflies on Helderberg Farm (2015-11-22) Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions 27 NOV 2015

The girls and I quite enjoy taking an outing to Helderberg Farm every now and then, and so the other day, when we found ourselves once again left to our own devices, we immediately decided to make the most of the great weather and head over there for some much needed picnic and play time!

IMG_20151122_134841 jessica and emily snacking at helderberg farm in stellenbosch

The farm, which lies at the food of the Helderberg Mountain on your way to Stellenbosch, is (as most of the farms in the area) old – with some of the buildings marked as being built in way back 1692!

The farm primarily produces wine grapes, but also produces a host of other produce including the ever popular strawberry. They offer a multitude of activities, including excellent picnic and braai spots, fantastic hiking trails, 4×4 trails, a tea garden, a kids playpark (with farmyard), mountain bike and trail running tracks, bird watching, clay pigeon shooting, paintball games, gravel karts, and even African drumming (if you are so inclined).

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After playing a bit in our normal spot, I decided to take the girls for a little stroll in Granny’s Forest (the farm has some fantastic woodlands, which apparently is home to quite a fair bit of wildlife – not to mention a massive Mountain Candlewood tree).

IMG_20151122_144322 jessica walking trail at helderberg farm in stellenbosch

Sadly, despite the fact that I was rather enjoying our shady stroll on what was a rather warm afternoon, the girls decided that this was definitely no fun – even if there were butterflies fluttering around wherever you looked!

IMG_20151122_145440 translucent orange butterfly at helderberg farm

So I left it at that and we worked our way back, meaning that I’ll either have to a) wait for them to get older, or b) sneak back myself! :)

Related Link: Helderberg Plaas

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.

IMG_20150531_143628 holding toddlers hand at butterfly world tropical garden in klapmuts south africa

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!

IMG_20150531_143412 mosaic bench at butterfly world tropical garden in klapmuts south africa

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.

IMG_20150531_151018 jessica looking for meerkat at butterfly world tropical garden in klapmuts south africa

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!

Related Link: Butterfly World | Stellenbosch Connect

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 (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! :)