Hiking, glamping & wildlife watching in this unique privately guided nature experience.
A four night guided experience through the Velebit mountains on foot. Discover the beauty and diversity of the Velebit area, its wildlife and the positive impact nature tourism can have on preserving our natural areas.
Under the guidance of our local wildlife guide and photographer Nino, you will see unique and untouched pockets of the Velebit mountain range. While on foot, learn to track wildlife in the area and test your skills at trailing. The scenic beauty and variety in the area makes this a great trip for photography.
Overnight in magical 'crobbits' and in a mountain hut with an astonishing view.
Day 1: Arrival at Kamp Velebit glamping site, settle in and enjoy the surroundings.
Day 2: Hiking & wildlife tracking in the trails of the Velebit Mountains, with an experienced guide. Overnight in a mountain hut.
Day 3: Hiking & wildlife tracking on the trails, enjoy the scenic beauty and test your photography skills. Overnight at Kamp Velebit glamping site.
Day 4: Free morning - chose to visit the coast or go kayaking perhaps. In the late afternoon meet your guide again and visit the photographic bear hide, the experience is around 4 hours. Overnight at Kamp Velebit.
Day 5: Departure
The price includes: 4 nights in a tipi tent or crobbit at Kamp Velebit. Nino Salkic as your guide on day 2, 3 and the afternoon of day 4. A late afternoon visit to the bear hide on day 4. 5% rewilding levy. Fee for the bear hide.
The price doesn't include: Alcoholic beverages. Flights. Transfer from airport/train station to Kamp Velebit (link) . Food (you can cook yourself at Kamp Velebit’s kitchen). Visit to the coast or kayaking options. Insurance and personal extras.
What to bring: We recommend you to dress in layers. Hiking shoes, sun hat, water bottle, daypack, long pants, hat and wool gloves, jacket, raincoat or poncho, sun protection cream, non smelling mosquito/tick repellent and camp shoes (sandals). Binoculars, personal toiletries/medicines and a sense of adventure!
Rewilding Europe Levy: 5% of your booking sum goes to the local Rewilding Europe organization.
Due to the huge growth in coastal tourism in Croatia over the last 10-15 years, many local inhabitants have moved out of the Velebit area towards the coast. As a result, many areas of this beautiful region are now characterised by land abandonment, rural exodus and fading cultural tradition. Rewilding Europe is working with local partners to transform these challenges into opportunities. This has seen the establishment of the 23,000-hectare Velebit Nature Reserve.
A new wildlife watching venture saw the construction and opening of two wildlife hides in this reserve in 2016. These will benefit the local community through job opportunities and boosted tourism income. They represent the first step in developing the area’s vast potential as a sustainable nature tourism destination.
Two unique forests in the Rewilding Velebit area were recently added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. Rewilding Europe is working to promote this model across Europe.
Local Croatian wildlife photographer and guide Nino Salkic recently commented “…being in the hides waiting for wildlife is like meditating, its a patience game and I always feel energized regardless of what we see.”
As a third generation photographer, Salkic’s love for nature was quickly matched with his growing interest in photography, and as he was born and raised in Velebit, the mountains are where he feels most at home.
Over the past years, Nino has been involved in all aspects of the wildlife hide development and with the assistance of research cameras is keeping up to date information on the wildlife movements in the area.
Adventurer, mountaineer and photographer aren't enough, Nino is studying Nature Conservation in his spare time...and documenting the storms that grace the Adriatic and coastal mountain regions.
Through all of this, his focus is on the promotion of natural beauty, wildlife and culture of Croatia.
"When there is already a mountain it should be climbed, patiently and all the way to the top. When there is already a mountain it needs to be met, with heart and ear like a mother's word. When there is already a mountain it should be conquered, slowly and wisely as the only love." Ljerka Car-Matutinovic
Nino is equally comfortable and confident behind the camera lens, a mountain top or ranging against the local storms along the Adriatic coast.
Wildlife Guide And Photographer, Velebit Mountains