Animals & Nature
Butterfly World in Paarl, the largest free flying park for butterflies in Southern Africa, opened its doors to the public in November 1996. There are no time limits on a visit to Butterfly World, and visitors are welcome to take photographs or videos of these beauties. 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 guided tours (which are conducted every half an hour), lead you across open dams via ramp ways. Over a thousand crocs are housed in these dames. Visitors have an opportunity to touch and hold a baby croc, and during summer months, they will have the opportunity to witness the feeding of the bigger crocs. They welcome bigger groups and offer group discounts. An on-site shop boasts an extensive range of Nile croc leather articles: belts, wallets, bags, shoes and furniture. Skins are finished to perfection. These are sourced from our their own tannery and they strive to combine world-class craftsmanship to produce timeless articles.
Enjoy a quiet moment in the 45 hectares of paradise with its 140 different species of birds. Paarl Bird Sanctuary attracts a wide variety of waterfowl. Together with the waterfowl the reserve is also home to a number of species associated with the thicker vegetation growing on the northern and western sides as well as a number of local and national rarities. Set in the heart of the Cape Winelands, this reserve area offers a mixture of wetland and mountain bird-watching. The higher ground and its scrub hold interesting species such as the ground woodpecker, jackal buzzard and the often difficult to find Protea canary.
Drakenstein Lion Park is involved in the re-homing of lions, which are kept in intolerable conditions, both locally and overseas. The Park is one of a dedicated handful that opposes the hunting of captive born lion and does everything in its power acquire lions destined for hunting farms, and provide these animals with a safe haven. The Park currently houses fifteen lion. The animals at the Park are assured a chance of living out their natural lives in an enriched environment.
Paarl is particularly known for its mountain or "Paarl Rock". The huge granite rock is formed by three rounded outcrops that make up Paarl Mountain and is the second largest granite outcrop in the world and forms part of the Nature Reserve. Few towns have been blessed as Paarl has with an area of unspoiled natural beauty at its doorstep. Massive rounded granite rocks set among ancient wild olives, rock candlewoods and wagon trees dominate the picturesque landscape of fynbos vegetation.
Limietberg Nature Reserve lies in the Du Toitskloof Mountains near Paarl, forming a part of the greater Boland mountain range. The reserve stretches from Franschhoek in the south, eastwards towards Groot Drakenstein, and northwards as far as Voëlvlei dam, covering an area of some 117 000 ha. The terrain is a rugged, with steep kloofs and deep valleys. Du Toits Peak at 1996m is the highest point within the reserve. Limietberg is an important water catchment for the Breede and Berg rivers, which flow through the reserve, and feed the Wemmershoek, Stettynskloof, Theewaterskloof and Voëlvlei dams.
Fly-fishing in Paarl offers anglers some of the best opportunities in world to cast their line and hope for a bite. The rivers and dams of South Africa are blissfully uncrowded and the stock counts are high. These favourable conditions, and some of the most spectacular scenery on the planet means every avid angler should add South Africa to their list of must-see places to visit. Catch your trout at Du Toitskloof Lodge and buy per kg to enjoy at home over the coals.