relaxed pace, perfect for photographers
I have never been on a dedicated butterfly tour before my 2
trips to Peru. However, I have been on a few wildlife tours and
one of the most frustrating things I found was the way you are
rushed about and the assumptions made about what you want to
see. That didn't happen with your tours - there is an immense
amount of time put into finding the right places at the right
time and there is always a backup place to go to if necessary.
When you get to the destination, you can make your own way
around without being constantly shepherded by guides. There is
no ill feeling between people on the tour because we all have
the same passion, and the local guides you choose do everything
they can to help us see as many butterflies as possible. The
guides double as cooks, mechanics, local diplomats and problem
solvers, doing all they can to let us concentrate on our
butterflies. This is aided by the small size of the tour group
making things easier to plan and manage.
I love that fact that we are usually off the beaten track for
tourism and the most important thing is the destination; yes,
nice hotels are a bonus but they are not the priority and one of
my favourite stays is in Shima where we have a sleeping bag in a
hut in a forest. Of course there can be breakdowns and hitches
when you travel to such out of the way places but these can add
a touch of excitement and intrigue.
Last but not least Adrian, your knowledge of butterfly
identification, behaviour and habitat is second to none. Even my
sieve-like brain is starting to recognise a few genera thanks to
forward to North East India in April and would recommend anyone
with a passion for butterflies to get on one of these trips.
All the best,
Feedback on the trip is all positive Ė I honestly canít come up
with a negative.
The things I liked are:
Pre-trip admin and communication were excellent, always speedy.
Full responses to emails, and proactive with information. The
complete focus on butterfly photography. Site selection was
spot-on. Your selection of ground agents Ė the bus was perfect
and well-driven, bottled water always available, etc. Hotels and
accommodation were fine. I found the small group chemistry Ė
always an unknown quantity at the outset, to work well. Plenty
of unhurried time at each major location, maximising daylight
hours. Transit time kept to a minimum. The flexible approach to
amend the itinerary, e.g. the extra Friday morning at Bunso, and
lunchbox takeaways. The depth of your species knowledge. I donít
think Iíve missed anything. So, thanks again for organising a
truly memorable trip. I'm looking forward to teaming up with you
again for Sikkim & Assam and very confident that it will be
another cracking experience.
I wish to congratulate you on the first class organisation of
the tour to Ghana.
As you know, not being familiar with butterflies from West
Africa, my primary interest was to see and to observe the
behaviour, rather than specifically to photograph, the
butterflies and this, along with all other aspects of the tour,
proved to be an unqualified success. I was particularly
fortunate with the unexpected bonus of virtually one to one
attention each morning from the local guide, Paul, looking at a
wide variety of birds. It is difficult to see how the service
from the tour guides could have been better.
A major contribution to the enjoyment of the whole venture was
the excellent company of all the participants; courtesy in the
field during the day, and then entertaining and broad ranging
conversation during the evening meal, with a welcome beer,
rounded of each day perfectly.
I am so glad that I decided to join you on this thoroughly
enjoyable venture and, if circumstances allow, I would be only
too willing to come with you on a future tour.
With my best wishes,
I have travelled
with Adrian 5 times so far, 3 times with him as leader, and at
the time of writing I am booked to travel with him again. I now
regard him more as a friend who very kindly does all the work,
than a person with whom I have a commercial relationship.
Adrian's tours are
not for everyone as they are not aimed at the luxury end of the
market, but if you are looking for butterflies and you are
willing to forego some of the comforts then he is your man. He
has a gift for finding the most remarkable locations, and then
spending just the right amount of time in each.
Although he has a
good memory for species, identification in the field with the
group is not what he does, so those expecting to be shown a
butterfly and told what they are looking at will be
disappointed. His style is to allow each participant to explore
and photograph on their own, and then to go through their
photographs with them working out what has been seen in the
evening, or on return to the UK.
The success of a
trip largely depends on the quality of the local agents and the
locations chosen, and in my experience Adrian's choice of both
is first class. I do not ever expect to see more butterflies
than I have with him.
Adrian Hoskins, owner of this
website, organises and escorts
private butterfly-watching tours for small
groups to destinations including
Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Trinidad,
Ecuador, Peru, Kenya, Ghana, India,
Nepal, Thailand, Malaysia and Borneo. I use highly experienced
and reliable ground agents in all the countries visited, and I
use only the safest drivers and vehicles.
Typically these tours are of 12-22 days duration,
and we spend about 3-5 days at each
location, allowing plenty of
time to fully explore the habitats and get to know the sites
and their butterflies intimately. The sites are thoroughly
researched, most sites have been previously visited by the
tour leader, and all visits are timed to coincide with the
peak butterfly season and best weather.
Accommodation is chosen for proximity to the butterfly
habitats - sometimes we stay in lodges, and at other times we
use small hotels or guest houses. On certain tours we camp or
stay in forest huts. Food is varied and delicious, and we are
happy to cater for vegetarians. Beer, soft drinks and bottled
water are all generally available.
My tour style differs from that offered by
most wildlife tour operators - my approach is to take you to
places where butterflies are prolific and diverse, give you a
brief introduction to the trail system and habitats, and then
to leave you to explore the trails at your own pace.
You are free to wander alone or in pairs on the trails.
don't carry out on-the-spot identifications ( I'll be busy
photographing butterflies myself for the website! ) but I will
gladly assist with IDs from digital images in the evenings and
after the tour.
Tour groups are always kept small - never more than 6 people,
you can relax and photograph the
butterflies without a queue of people behind you. Participants
must be aged 18 or over. There is no upper age limit but I may
ask those aged over 65 to provide evidence of fitness.
Singles, couples and small groups of friends are all welcome.
do not permit collecting, or the use of butterfly nets, but we
usually run moth lights at night and have a photo-and-release
session each morning. If you wish to participate in moth
photography you should bring your own pots and catch those
specimens that you wish to photograph.
further details please contact me by