Jeremy Dobson, President of the Lepidopterists’ Society of Africa, assisted by Justin and Yolande Bode, will be your guides on this trip in search of the early summer butterflies of Verloren Valei, north-east of Dullstroom in Mpumalanga.

Verloren Valei is an internationally important wetland and the source of four rivers. It is also renowned for its abundant wild orchid population and is home to several high-altitude butterfly species, including the Warren’s Blue, which is only found on this reserve. Other possible sightings might include the Transvaal Copper, Tite’s Copper, Bush Scarlet, Lydenburg Opal, Common Meadow Blue, Henning’s Black-Eye, Basuto Skolly, Table Mountain Beauty, Blue Pansy, Gaudy Commodore and Restless Blue, to name just a few.

Take advantage of this rare opportunity to visit this closed reserve, a pristine grassland environment of great beauty, in the company of experts.

Date: 9 December (09h00 until approximately 14h00, depending on weather)
Price: R150 per person (covers entrance to the reserve)
Booking is essential, and numbers are limited: R150 per person. Much of the day will be spent walking on uneven ground, so participants should be fairly fit and mobile—contact jamesh@tiscali.co.za to reserve your place