Welcome to the Odonatours website, a travel company offering tours aimed specifically at finding and photographing dragonflies and damselflies around the world. Odonata-based tourism is currently an activity only truly appreciated by the very few and so we will only be offering a few tours each year. Publication of this website heralds the 'soft' start of the business (the larval stage) and it may take a little while to iron out all the wrinkles that inevitably appear when setting up a new tourism venture if you are to comply with the regulations that protect you, the customer. Rest assured though that we are working hard to ensure your money will be safe and protected by a client trust account.
Our first tour - a two week trip to Madagascar - with KD Dijkstra - was incredibly successful, with at least five new species new to science. Planning for the next trip is currently underway. In the meantime you might like to check out participation in one of Phil's reconnaissance trips (see here) and register your interest in our tours scheduled for 2018.
Tours will be led by Phil Benstead together with an appropriate identification consultant for the region being visited. Our tropical tours especially therefore will give you the chance to travel with some of the big names in modern odonatology. The focus during daylight hours on these tours will be on Odonates, although there will be time to pursue other taxa at night if you have the energy... (Phil is also very keen on amphibians and mammals.)
As mentioned above we will be offering a number of 'at-cost' recce trips to countries with good fieldguides, eg Australia, North America and within the Western Palearctic. These will necessarily be more informal and ad hoc than organised tours but may appeal to people on a tighter budget with a sense of adventure.
Tours will be offered without an international flight but will include internal flights (if any). It will be the clients responsibility to arrange appropriate flights to meet up at the start point of the tour and to return home.