Connect with wild nature in Slovenia. Learn about the virgin forest and track wild animal. All while tasting amazing local food and contributing to sustainable development.
Kočevsko is the most densely forested area in Slovenia. To feel the area, the best way is to hike through. Get to know the history of Gottschee, observe, and respect the virgin forests, admire the forest from stunning viewpoints, learn about wildlife while tracking through the forest. Join this unique hiking experience of Kočevsko forest for 3 days.
There is no Wi-Fi in the forest, so it is a perfect area to fully immerse into the wild nature and get close to yourself.
There are 65 km of wild forest paths and their unique stories. We will hike 65 km in three days, learn about local nature, taste local delights, and enjoy wild nature. On our trips we do not rush. We take time to observe nature and feel the magic. But be prepared to walk for more than 20 km per day.
Day 1: 19 km. Roška trail is a 65 km long hiking trail, which was designed by a forester Anton Prelesnik. He loved this forest so much that he created a trail to see the most amazing places in the area and feel it. On the first day we will meet in Kočevje. and start our trail along the forest.
The hike leads past Lake Kočevsko and Željnje Caves towards Pugled. we will stop to rest and have time for a snack. After this refreshment, we continue our way towards the cabin, which is our final stop on the first day. Dinner by the campfire.
Day 2: 27 km After breakfast, we continue our hike into the heart of Kočevski Rog, until we reach the highest point at an altitude of 1099 m. Here we can climb to a lookout point. From there, we descend towards Rog Sawmill, where we see the once largest sawmill in the area of the wider Kočevsko region.
Here we have time to rest and have a warm snack. We continue past the Queen of Rog, the largest fir tree in Kočevski Rog towards the farmhouse, where we finish the hike.
There, dinner will be waiting for us.
Day 3: 18 km We start the day with fresh coffee and a rich farm breakfast. After breakfast we continue with the hike that leads us from Rajhenav towards the forest reserve - Prelesnik Collapse Valley. We rest and have a warm snack in the middle of the day. We continue past Onek towards Kočevje.
In the afternoon we return to the starting point, which is also the final point of our hike.
The price includes: Professional guiding and transfers within the programme. 2x breakfast, 2x dinner, 2x lunch. 2 nights of accommodation. Contribute directly towards scientific research and conservation effort.
The price does not include: : Transport to destination, Transfer from airport/train station (possible to arrange to from airport/train station, ask us). Travel and activity insurance. Personal expenses.
Optional: You can start and/or end your stay in Hotel Mrak in Ljubljana. Contact us for price details. Possibility to extend the trip for bear watching from a hide, plus an extra night at the Bearlog Hostel. Contact us for prices.
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.
Petra Draškovič Pelc is an enthusiastic traveler, photographer and nature guide, lover of Northern horizons, a curious admirer of nature, author of countless articles in Slovenia and abroad, and holds a PhD in biomedical science but she found her calling in nature photography and guiding.
She enjoys silence, peace, the tracks of large carnivores, the smell of forest in the rain and the beauty of the light-flooded wilds of all the untouched corners of the world like Alaska, Lapland or Altai Mountains deep in Siberia, as well as the beauty of her local Kočevsko area and Slovenia.
Throughout her diverse work of guiding, photographing and writing, she tries to express love towards nature and its preservation, bringing us closer to the beauty of the landscape she loves, as well as to develop active, boutique and inspiring tourism where you can truly experience the forest.
“Bringing people to the forest, showing them their magic light, revealing the secrets of the forest, seeding love for caring of nature and making friends at the same time” is not only my passion, it is a way of my life. And moments like this change you forever.“
"Life has secrets pathways, and only your heart knows how to get there. When you look with open heart and curious eyes, everything is a miracle."
Petra Draškovič Pelc
Nature guide and photographer