Wild life watching

BEAR WATCHING IN SLOVENIA – day tour

Duration

Suitable for

families with older children, couples, individuals, small groups

Season

Physical difficulty

medium

The possibility of meeting

bear, wolf, lynx, deer, badger, forest birds, owl, water birds

wildlife watching kocevje

The Bear Watching in Slovenia – Day tour is designed for all nature and animal lovers. The day is packed with educational forest walks, wildlife watching, delicious home-made food and photo opportunities of a lifetime.

 

Slovenia is one of the few European countries where three large carnivores can be spotted in their natural habitat, i.e. the brown bear, grey wolf and lynx. The brown bear population in the country currently stands at 400 to 500 individuals with most residing in the Kočevski Rog, a densely forested karstic plateau extending over the Kočevje highlands. Bear watching from a hide built especially for photo hunting is combined with experiences in learning about bears and other wildlife. Guiding is provided by professional wildlife watching guides.

Understanding the environment is crucial for a responsible visit, which is also the main objective of the tour. Too much human contact with wild animals can cause many adverse consequences for wildlife, which is why this program is developed according to sustainable tourism standards, providing controlled and properly guided observation of wild animals with a minimal impact on the environment.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Bear watching from a special hideout
  • Learning interesting facts about wild animals
  • Following animal footprints
  • Amazing photography opportunities
  • Virgin forests of Kočevsko

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Itinerary

DAY 01

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The wildlife watching adventure starts in the town of Kočevje at the heart of the Kočevsko region. An experienced and specialized guide first presents the entire program and explains everything the group members need to know before entering the bear land. Next, the road leads deep into the wild forests eventually crossing the first wildlife footprints. This is the perfect place to stop and explore the wilderness of Kočevsko forests. One can find many different footprints of wild animals, each one with different interpretation and story. The guide shows how to follow animal footprints in their natural environment and provides lots of interesting information.

The hike involves a stop on a forest meadow, where it is time to rest, enjoy the peace of the forest and get some fresh energy with a forest picnic consisting of local products. The guide takes care of all photo enthusiasts by showing hidden corners of the mystical forestwhere best photos can be taken.

After a late lunch in nearby lodge which is also a great restaurant, a short drive takes the group to the »Bear room« in Kočevska Reka, a place dedicated to learning about bears and bear-related topics. The guide presents bear’s main features, its habitat, the importance of bear population management, measures for species preservation, and didactic aids and tools for population sampling. Learning about proper behaviour when in brown bear watching hide assures for a pleasant as well as environmentally and resident-friendly experience.  

Equipped with all necessary information about wildlife watching, the group is ready for the highlight of the day – a hunter guided bear watching at the special observatory. Observation takes place in a hideout located few meters above the ground to ensure safety. The best time for bear watching is late in the afternoon, just before dusk. Visitors should silently wait for the furry creature to pass by. Since bears follow more or less the same routine every day, the probability of spotting a bear is highHowever, we do not want to interfere in bears behavior, so we do not influence their lives in any way. We have to know that nature is unpredictable and that’s the beauty of it.


Dates

  • May 16, 2020
  • May 30, 2020
  • June 13, 2020
  • June 27, 2020
  • July 11, 2020
  • July 25, 2020
  • August 8, 2020
  • August 22, 2020
  • September 5, 2020

*In season, tour can be organised on any date. Please contact us for individual offer.

PRICE for guided BEAR WATCHING IN SLOVENIA – Day tour includes:

  • Qualified and experienced guide for the duration of the tour
  • All transfers around Kočevsko regionwithin the program
  • A forest picnic, lunch and late dinner
  • Bear watching with a local hunter

Rates are per person, based on double occupancy and a minimum of 4 participants. For other options please contact us for the offer.

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Are you worried you are not prepared enough physically? Would you like to select a different starting or ending point, or perhaps add an extra day?

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