Follow the Bear Footprints
Hiking, Wildlife Watching
April to October
LENGHT & ELEVATION
Following the bear footprints hiking tour is designed for all lovers of nature, hiking, photography and adventures of a lifetime. This 3-day hike gives you a chance to explore the secluded forests of the Kočevje region, observe and learn about its incredible wildlife, sleep far from civilization and try traditional meals prepared on coals.
The path runs along the quiet and remote paths of the protected pristine Kočevje forests and forest reserves that are home to bears and other wild animals. Slovenia is one of the countries with the highest brown bear population, est. 400-500 bears, most of which reside in the visited forests. We assure you that you will see painted and real bear footprints along the trail.
During this three-day guided hiking adventure, we will pay special attention to the responsible entry into the wildlife habitat and to the environmentally friendly travelling practices. Therefore, a large part of the program is dedicated to learning about the life of wild animals, understanding their natural environments and the correct and controlled visit.
Exploring the protected virgin forest Rajhenavski Rog you will learn about the nature that has been untouched for centuries and observe a 500-years old tree, called the Queen of Rog. When climbing the view tower on top of Mount Rog (1,099 m), an incredible view of the surrounding forests will open in front of you. During the tour you will also learn about the cultural importance of the former German villages and Germans who lived in the region up until World War II.
The program includes the traditional breakfasts and dinners prepared on the coals, non-alcoholic beverages and sleeping in the forest huts far away from civilization. Spending two nights without electricity and running water adds charm to the adventure.
BEAR AND/OR ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY PRACTICES
- Sleeping and dining in the forest hut.
- Walking is the only way of moving in the program.
- Roška walkway connects some of the most attractive natural sights of Kočevska.
- Hike through the pristine forests and forest reserves
- Learning about wildlife and observing its presence
- Exploring prehistoric Željnske caves
- Views from the Mount Rog (1,099 m)
- Sleeping in forest huts away from civilization
- Workshop of baking bread on the coals
- Tasty traditional grilled dishes