A Butterfly Kingdom
Experience the beauty of the thousands of indigenous and exotic butterflies found at Butterflies for Africa
Butterflies for Africa is a beautiful tropical butterfly center for the whole family to enjoy. Explore the walk-through Butterfly House (housing both exotic and indigenous butterflies) and experience close-up encounters with butterflies as they fly freely in an attractive, lush environment. Butterflies for Africa also serves as a valuable educational tool and vital conservation asset. Walks through the butterfly exhibit are self-guided at your own pace, but knowledgeable guides are available at all times to assist you at no extra charge. Also on offer are the Butterfly Theme Store, Art Gallery, Coffee Shop, Nursery and Butterfly Garden for visitors to peruse at their own leisure.
Maximum number of 12 visitors for the monkey exhibit (found inside Butterflies for Africa) at one time
Walking through the butterfly enclosure and other areas of Butterflies for Africa is done at your own pace
Tickets for pensioners cost R40
Those not interested in partaking in the butterfly exhibit can peruse the art gallery and garden free of charge.
Sat: 09:30-15:30 Sun: 10:30-15:30
Mon: Closed (Except on Public holidays) Public holidays: 09:30-15:00
Closed on New Year's Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, and Christmas Day
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Butterflies for Africa serves not only as a beautiful butterfly experience, but as a venue available for your function whether it be a business conference, kids party or bridal shower, as well as catering at very competitive rates. The Butterflies for Africa Education Centre is particularly popular with visiting school groups. It provides greater insight into these beautiful insects and an awareness of the importance of habitat conservation.
Butterflies for Africa believe that in order to truly educate, knowledge must be presented in the form of entertainment. Guided tours through the facility bring the message of conservation into our schools. In this manner, the team seek to educate both the general public and school groups in butterfly conservation and ultimately encourage an appreciation and desire to protect these beautiful creatures and their habitats.
The butterfly garden is of great importance to the business. In the heart of an industrial area of Pietermaritzburg lies a 6000 sq. m garden, created solely to attract butterflies. To date it has done just that, with over 100 different species of butterflies finding a home in this urban haven. The Butterfly Garden forms an important part of the Butterflies for Africa complex where the public can view these creatures in their natural environment. More than this, however, the garden aims to create an awareness of how the public can play a part in attracting butterflies to their own gardens and thus help preserve these fragile creatures by growing indigenous plants.
Visitors to the garden are constantly surprised that such a venture can exist in the middle of an industrial area. Butterflies for Africa believe this project is living proof that industry and conservation can exist in harmony, and hope to bring this concept to other industrial areas to create indigenous butterfly zones. Molding a new mindset and encouraging nature to return to previously banished territory is of utmost importance.
The butterfly theme shop offers a wide range of butterfly related goods including children’s toys, home decor, souvenirs, wedding decor and great gift items, as well as African souvenir items. The Painted Lady Coffee Bar is the ideal venue for enjoying a cup of tea or coffee or an appetising lunch either with friends and family or on your own. Both indoor and outdoor seating is available. There is a wide range of hot drinks (including excellent coffees) as well as a variety of cold drinks such as smoothies, milkshakes, fresh fruit juice and carrot juice to choose from. Butterflies for Africa also do platters for finger lunches for business and board meetings.
The butterfly museum houses bright, attractive displays, taking the visitor into the butterfly’s world and encouraging them to spend time exploring and learning. An audio-visual presentation enhances the entertainment value of the experience whilst encouraging visitors to take a proactive stance in butterfly conservation.
The Blue Caterpillar Art Gallery that forms part of the business was established in 2001. It covers two floors of the Butterflies for Africa complex in Pietermaritzburg. The gallery exhibits a wide range of styles and mediums covering both established and up and coming artists from South Africa and beyond. We also buy work by popular, well established South African artists.
Also inside the Butterfly House is our Monkey House, as well as Green Iguana and Stick Insect Enclosures.
A number of alterations have been made to the walk-through butterfly house to make the facility wheelchair accessible.
37 Willowton Road, Willowton, Pietermaritzburg, 3200, South Africa
Located just off the N3 highway.
Those arriving from the coast: Take the Ohrtmann Road turnoff (exit 79) and turn right (going over the highway) then turn left into Willowton Rd just after the auctioneers.
Those arriving from inland: Take the Church Street offramp (exit 81 after the Midlands Mall). Turn left at the offramp then right at the first set of robots into Willowton Road. We're on the left after approx. 1km.
S 29° 35' 40.1" E 30° 24' 19.8"