small groups, 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
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
your help. Emily is an angel; always enthusiastic, helpful and a
joy to have around; her butterfly and moth knowledge is also
I'm looking forward to North East India in April and would
recommend anyone with a passion for butterflies to get on one of
All the best to you both,
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
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
Best wishes to you and Emily,
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 to you and Emily,
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,
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
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.
I 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,
so 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.
I 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 in the
mornings. If you wish to participate in moth photography you
should bring your own pots and catch those specimens that you
wish to photograph.
For further details
please contact me by