- Western Cape
- Brenton Blue Butterfly Nature Reserve
The Brenton Blue Butterfly Reserve is situated in Brenton On Sea in the Western Cape, South Africa.
Just outside Knysna along the heart of the Garden Route, the little village of Brenton On Sea is home to a very unique reserve, unique in the sense that it came into being solely for the purpose of preserving one of the rarest butterflies in the world, the Brenton Blue Butterfly. The Reserve is marked by a single signpost with knee-high poles indicating the boundary of the reserve. The site is approximately 2 hectares and came into being as a reserve in 1998 and declared a Special Nature Reserve on the 4th July 2003.
The Brenton Blue shares its home with a large number of other insects, mammals and bird species and the vegetation is a mixture of coastal fynbos and forest fynbos. Most importantly the reserve has a large population of the of the food plant of the rare butterfly, a small plant in the pea family with pink flowers.
The Reserve is not open to the general public because of the sensitivity of the environment, however, special guided tours are offered during the butterfly’s active periods in November and February of each year.
There is a fee of R150 per person for the guided tour, limited to six persons per tour and booking is essential. Prices are subject to change, please confirm fees directly with the Reserve.
Please note the guided tours only take place between the 10 th to 30th November and from the 10th February to 10th March each year. Tours times are at 12h00 and 13h00 each day and only if sunny and relatively wind free.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 15˚C and 28˚C with high rainfall in October.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 7˚C and 21˚C with the lowest rainfall in June.
Tel: +27 (0)44 381 0014
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