Exotic Animal World

Exotic Animal World formally known as Butterfly world is situated just off the N1 on Route 44 in Klapmuts, in-between Paarl and Stellenbosch. 

Exotic Animal World is a facility whose mission is to care for exotic and wild animals previously kept as pets. Appreciate, don't keep!  Due to big changes to international trade during the coronavirus pandemic, butterfly pupae could no longer be imported from abroad and local butterflies aren’t suitable for tropical garden exhibitions. Therefore they do not currently exhibit butterflies. 

However the tropical gardens are full of exotic birds, and during your visit, you can also see hundreds of other animals that have found a home here at Exotic Animal World. Walking freely amongst the tropical birds, lemurs and iguanas which also allows the animals to roam freely.  It also means you can visit on a rainy day without getting wet!  The aviaries and tropical garden exhibitions are amazing for photos too.

There is a large collection of invertebrates including freshwater crustaceans, tarantulas, scorpions and giant African land snails. The tropical freshwater aquarium is something very special and unique where you can see Barracuda & Piranhas up close. Cute Mammals include Lemurs, Marmoset Monkeys, Meerkats, Guinea Pigs, Chinchillas and Ferrets. In the reptile bay, they house Non-venomous Snakes, Skinks, Basilisks, Bearded Dragons and Tortoises. There are large aviaries, some of which you can walk through and see over 40 species of birds up close, from budgies to Macaws, Owls and Turacos. There are also  Koi Fish in the tranquil indoor tropical river system which is just beautiful!

Exotic Animal World is open every day of the week from 9am to 5pm. No need to make a booking!  They are also wheelchair-friendly.

Daily Rates                                                                        

Adults:                                         R88                        

Children:                                      R49                        

Children under 3:                        Free

Students and pensioners:         R79                        

Family (2 adults and 2 kids):     R225    


There is a sanitising station at the front door and visitors are required to wear a mask or face shield. To maintain social distancing from people you do not know is made really easy by the fact that there is lots of open space and various paths that lead to the exhibits. Visitors could easily navigate along the quieter routes and still see everything there is to see. 

There is an onsite restaurant, Café Lemur. You are welcome to sit at the restaurant or enjoy your takeaway meal bought at Café Lemur or anywhere in the one-and-a-half-acre gardens. Unfortunately, no own food or picnics are allowed.


Tel: +27 (062) 879 4044

Email info@exoticanimalworld.co.za

Website: https://exoticanimalworld.co.za/

Facebook:  @AnimalWorldKlapmuts