A visit to the Butterfly Valley is an experience that the whole family can enjoy. From the moment you arrive, you are surrounded by the beautiful sights and sounds of nature and it is easy to think you have stepped back in time as you follow the path into the enclosure.
First stop is a quick and insightful video that answers the most common questions about butterflies, moths and caterpillars, then you are treated to a tour of the breeding centre where, if you are lucky, you will be get to see a number of butterflies at various stages of their life cycles, from egg to caterpillar, pupa to butterfly.
When you do enter the butterfly enclosure, you are greeted with a flurry of colour as butterflies of every shape, size and colour flutter from leaf to leaf. Take a moment, find a spot to sit and just watch. You will be amazed at the buzz of activity that will take place around you. If you are really lucky (and really still) one might land on you and rest a while. An identification chart can be purchased for R40 and it can be lots of fun trying to see how many different species you can spot.
Once you have had your fill of watching the butterflies, take a leisurely 500m stroll to the river and enjoy the scenic Baby Falls or let the kids enjoy the jungle gym and swings.
There is also an on-site coffee shop for delicious food and refreshments, an interesting curio shop and a nursery.
How to get there...
Address: 46 Fascadale Rd, Ramsgate
GPS: S30°53’12.3” E30°20’26.1
Travelling in a southerly direction, Ramsgate is the next town after Margate. Keep travelling south until you encounter a BP garage on the left hand side of the road. At the garage turn inland away from the sea into Fascadale Road. You will find us a Km up this road on the left hand side. Look out for the Butterfly Valley signage.
Best time to visit...
The farm is open daily from 9am to 4pm and on Sundays from 10am to 2pm
What will it cost...
Children R30.00 - Adults R50.00 - A full-color, laminated butterfly chart can be purchased @ R40
Don't forget to checkout the curious creatures and take a short stroll down to the "Baby Falls".