Wednesday, March 26, 2008

CREATE YOUR OWN AFRICAN FOOTPRINTS – an informational update from the Original 2AFRIKA, INC. Founder & President, Kenneth R. Hieber

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

As our highly anticipated Create Your Own African Footprints Collection evolves, I thought it important to give you more of an insight to what you may enjoy along the route. Here is an alternate thought for a Western Cape Winelands meander.

Butterfly World, the largest free flying park for butterflies in Southern Africa, opened its doors to the public in November 1996. The concept originated in the UK and such enclosed parks can be found in countries throughout the world. Each year these parks are visited by thousands of visitors and now thanks to the initiative taken by two Capetonian women, South Africans have the opportunity to experience nature at its best.

Butterfly World has a craft shop and the Schmetterling Coffee Garden and is open daily.

Great care was taken with landscaping the stunning indoor garden, which gives as much pleasure, with all its water features and exotic plants, as the beautiful butterflies flying freely around you. Colorful butterfly-friendly birds complete the lovely tropical garden picture.

The location of Butterfly World on the Route 44 near Klapmuts, just off the N1, is perfect as it lies at the junction of the main Wine Routes of Stellenbosch and Paarl.

There are no time limits on a visit to Butterfly World, and visitors are welcome to take photographs or videos of these beauties. Refreshments and light meals are available from the restaurant and the craft shop stocks butterfly related goods.

Inside the flight display house, displays depict the life cycle of the butterfly, and if visitors are lucky, they might see a butterfly emerging from its pupa.

The park is open every day of the year except December 25th. Opening times are 9:00AM – 5:00PM with the exception to the months of June, July and August (the winter months) when the hours change to 10:00AM to 4:00PM.

There are no formal guides, but if a request for a guide is made at ticket sales, a personnel member will be provided to assist you in maximizing your experience. Bookings are not essential but are preferred when a large group is visiting, to ensure personal attention.

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