The Ramsgate Butterfly Valley
Mvutshini Valley(Place of the hippo)
“Butterflies have no boundaries and are free to go anywhere they please – Wherever there may be a host plant – eventually there will be the butterfly – who’s host plant it is”. Dr. DA Swanepoel 1969
Mvutshini Valley also known as The Butterfly Valley Conservancy
E.I.A (Environmental Impact Assessment)
The Butterfly Sanctuary is in the process of having an E.I.A. done. This will set an example to other farmers or landowners in the Mvutshini Valley to plan their developments in such a way as to maintain the uniqueness of this precious valley.
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.