Butterfly Sanctuaries

Ramsgate Butterfly Sanctuary

The launching of the Ramsgate Butterfly Sanctuary took place in 2001 and was opened to the general public in 2002. In attendance was the media - newspapers; Daily News, Herald, The Fever, Die Beeld, The Citizen and others - TV - 50/50 and radio station East Coast Radio. Throughout the day of the opening - 14th January 2002- it was visited by 427 members of the public. The Ramsgate Butterfly Sanctuary ran for a good six years until October, 2008 under the supervision of Conservation of Butterflies in South Africa (CBISA) and the South African Butterfly Breeding Association (SABBA). Through the years of operation it was discovered that the present layout was not suitable for a Butterfly Sanctuary and that the changes that would have to be made would be rather expensive. (CBISA) and (SABBA) as a whole were not prepared to invest this kind of capital on leased land. The decision was made to end occupation of the leased land and to acquire land that is more favorable in the same area. All parties concerned agreed and (CBISA) and (SABBA) vacated the premises in August, 2008. It has since changed hands and its name was changed.

Sun City Butterfly Sanctuary

In April of 2009, we were approached by The lost World Butterfly House in Sun City to fix the problems they had with their Butterfly House. Unfortunately, they were importing exotic alien butterflies into South Africa. We advised that we would only lend our support should the butterflies housed, only be indigenous to the area. It was agreed and we had gone to have a look. The photograph on the left is what we had found. We had found the structure entirely inadequate for its intended propose of housing butterflies - and had established that too much money was spent on climate control measures and air-conditioning equipment. - none of which did much for the butterflies. The hot house effect is excellent for plants and farming vegetables.
It took six months of hard work to change most of the structure to accommodate our local indigenous butterfly species and to refurbish the aesthetics outside the structure to suit the local environment. Butterfly flight paths - waterfalls - dams and streams - indigenous host plants - butterfly territorial hot spots - suitable feeding flowers - nursery for hostplants - breeding room and a tea garden were completed in December of 2009. The photograph on the right will show you what it looked like on its completion. - now starts the breeding of the butterflies to be housed in the new Sun City Butterfly Sanctuary. We have also during this period trained some of their staff as tour guides and in the breeding programs of butterfly species. As these had come and gone, we had trained new staff periodically from time to time during 2009 to 2011.

New plans have been drawn up by ourselves along with the assistance of architects and engineers incorporating a new design to accommodate what was lacking in the Ramsgate Butterfly Sanctuary and the Sun City Butterfly Sanctuary's previous designs. These will include a Lepidome for butterflies - a craft shop - a wedding co-coordinating and bridal shop - a restaurant - a tea garden - a large indigenous nursery - a breeding room - a pupae room - a conference center - and shops to rent out - a river with coy fish - a volcano setting - with an orchid house in the middle - and plenty of parking. All in all, approximately 1200sqm. During the time from 2009 to 2012 many of the identified problematic areas were ironed out to produce the ultimate Butterfly Sanctuary.

Kwa-Zulu Natal Butterfly Sanctuary- is in the process of planning and development. This always takes time and this website will be updated to let you know when it will be open to the public in the near future.

Eastern Cape Butterfly Sanctuary - is in the process of planning. This always takes time and this website will be updated to let you know when it will be open to the public in the near future.

Western Cape Butterfly Sanctuary - is in the process of planning. This always takes time and this website will be updated to let you know when it will be open to the public in the near future.

Northern Cape Butterfly Sanctuary- is in the process of planning. This always takes time and this website will be updated to let you know when it will be open to the public in the near future.

North West Butterfly Sanctuary - is in the process of planning. This always takes time and this website will be updated to let you know when it will be open to the public in the near future.

Limpopo Butterfly Sanctuary - is in the process of planning. This always takes time and this website will be updated to let you know when it will be open to the public in the near future.

Free State Butterfly Sanctuary - is in the process of planning. This always takes time and this website will be updated to let you know when it will be open to the public in the near future.

Gauteng Butterfly Sanctuary - is in the process of planning. This always takes time and this website will be updated to let you know when it will be open to the public in the near future.

Mpumalanga Butterfly Sanctuary - is in the process of planning. This always takes time and this website will be updated to let you know when it will be open to the public in the near future.

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Welcome to S.A Butterflies

A place for rare butterflies to be and to be protected as they are extremely rare. Only a few have ever been caught - but through our breeding program we have been able to breed over one hundred and have released them back into the wild. Thanks to the dedication of a few who cared for their survival - a very rare butterfly - has been described.