Sensitive and eco-friendly tourism development is becoming a priority and nature tourism is at the forefront, encouraging community development and a more sustainable path for nature and people in Slovenia.
Nestled between the Adriatic Sea and the Alps, Slovenia is a destination not to be missed. Known for its diverse summer and winter activities, the country is earning a reputation as one of Europe’s newest and finest green destinations. More than half of this diverse country’s surface is forested, providing a rich natural landscape ripe for exploration.
The people of Slovenia are warm and friendly. The development of nature- based tourism is a priority, encouraging communities to take a more sustainable path for both wild nature and people. Brown bears, wolves, lynx and many other dynamic species inhabit natural areas – with the onset of nature-based tourism these key species are being accepted more, fostering better human-wildlife relationships.
Partnerships with forestry departments and local associations are encouraging nature-based tourism development. In the last few years extensive research by Discover Dinarics has been conducted to understand bear populations across both Slovenia and Croatia.
With vast rivers and mountains, Slovenia’s southern section is an undeniably exciting destination. Combine mountain explorations with old forest hikes, bikepacking and wildlife watching, with river rafting and add in a stopover in the country’s capital – Ljubljana.
By adding Slovenia-based offerings to its growing portfolio, the European Safari Company is contributing to bear conservation and driving nature-based tourism development in the country’s Kočevje region.
While bears remain a heavily managed species in Europe, the increase in bear numbers in Slovenia is underpinning a new trend towards “bear tourism”, with the LIFE DINALP BEAR project (a member of Rewilding Rurope’s European Rewilding Network) working to change local mindsets and engaging stakeholders such as local hunting associations, the forestry industry and a range of European tourism partners in the planning and implementation of a bear tourism model.