Wild life watching

WINTER WOLF TRACKING

Duration

3 days

Suitable for

Small groups, Families, Couples

Season

November - March

Physical difficulty

Medium

The possibility of meeting

Wolf, Lynx, Forest Birds, Owls, Deer

wildlife watching kocevje

The Winter Wolf Tracking 3-day tour is intended for all enthusiastic wildlife observers and is highly suitable for photographers. The program is perfect for those who want to discover the magic of unspoiled nature, enjoy the magnificent Kočevje forests, and meet their winter inhabitants.

 

The Kočevsko region lies just behind the Dinaric barrier, which acts as a natural obstacle to moist air masses, resulting in snow being more frequent and abundant here than elsewhere in Slovenia. Snowshoeing across the unspoiled wild landscapeand looking for traces of wolves and other wildlifepresent an ideal winter activity for all nature and animal lovers.

With almost 60 % of forest surface, 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. In Kočevsko, the forest coverage is even greater, reaching 80 % and including several primaeval forests, where nature has ruled for millennia without any human intervention. Such reserves serve as a type of ecological cells for animal species that need old-growth forests for their existence.

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

  • Learning interesting facts about wolves and other wild animals
  • Following wolf footprints
  • Amazing photography opportunities
  • Snowshoeing across winter landscape
  • Tasty home-made food

Wolf photo credit: Marjan Artnak

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Itinerary

DAY 01

Introduction to wilderness

The Winter Wolf Tracking adventure begins late in the afternoon at Ranch Marina, the starting point for tracking trips over the next few days. Participants settle in comfortable rooms and meet with the guide. Next, a lecture about local wildlife is held in Kočevska Reka. The participants learn about the environment and the wild animals leaving in local forests, especially wolves.

The guide presents the habits of wild animals as well as the methods of tracking them down, which come handy in the following days. The group also learns about proper behaviour during wildlife tracing to ensure a safe and environmentally-friendly experience. After the lecture, it is time for a tasty home-made dinner.


DAY 02

Wolf tracking

The day begins with a quality breakfast consisting of local products. The group then takes off to the first location of wolf trackingand tries out the newly-acquired skills with the help of the guide. After lunch, wolf and other wildlife tracking is continued in a different location. The guide takes care of all photo enthusiasts by showing hidden corners of the mystical forestwhere best photos of the winter fairytale can be taken.

Depending on the weather and the fitness conditions of the tour participants, the second wolf tracking of the day can be replaced by a soap-making workshop. Create your own soap in the shape of bear, wolf or lynx footprint and take it home as a souvenir! This activity is also available in the evening.


DAY 03

Tracking and departure

Delicious breakfast is followed by a short wolf tracking at a brand-new forest location. After a snack, a two-hour wolf and other wildlife tracking is organized at the final location of the tour. The amazing experience of the winter wilderness ends with lunch in one of the local inns.


Tour type

PRICE for guided WINTER WOLF TRACKING tour includes:

  • 2-night accommodation at Ranch Marina
  • 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners; Meals include typical local food
  • Non-alcoholic beverages with all meals
  • Highly qualified and experienced guide for the duration of the trip
  • Snowshoes in case of snow
  • Workshop on making paw shaped soap
  • Snacks

Rates are valid per person, based on double occupancy. Contact us for more details or a customized offer.

Logistics

LOGISTICS

The Winter Wolf Tracking tour starts and ends at the town of Kočevje, which is located in the southern part of Slovenia.

GETTING THERE

There are 3 international airports (Ljubljana, Zagreb and Trieste) within a 2-3 hour driving distance from Kočevje. Transfers can be arranged from any of these airports or other locations in Slovenia upon request.

If traveling by car, the easiest access to Kočevje is from Ljubljana. Leave the Ljubljana highway ring at the Škofljica exit and drive in the direction of Kočevje. The scenic drive should take about an hour.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • One guided group can include a maximum of 8 people
  • Before starting the adventure, the guide provides all necessary information
  • Each morning, the guide supplies detailed information about the daily schedule
  • Mandatory equipment: hiking boots, warm and waterproof clothing, a warm hat, warm gloves, water bottle. We provide the snowshoes.

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