A chance to see bears in the wild in this fully guided adventure by local experts. Discover the nature and culture that Slovenia has to offer.
Slovenia is one of the few European countries where three large carnivore species can be spotted in their natural habitat; brown bear, wolf and Eurasian lynx.
With vast rivers and mountains, Slovenia’s southern section is an undeniably exciting destination. Combine mountain explorations with old forest hikes, wildlife watching with river rafting and add in a stopover in the country’s capital – Ljubljana.
Our partners developed this unique programme in collaboration with the Life DinAlp Bear project and the Biotechnical Faculty of the University of Ljubljana, according to sustainable tourism standards and with the smallest possible impact on the environment, especially the wildlife.
Day 1: In the morning you will arrive at Ljubljana via plane, train or car, and be transferred downtown.
This medieval city is a must see, and in the afternoon you will have a sightseeing tour with your guide, followed by dinner in the old castle overlooking the city.
You will spend the night in a family owned hotel in a central location, where you will also enjoy a leisure breakfast the next morning.
Day 2: This day’s adventure, which takes place in the region of Kočevska, includes parts of the Roška pešpot hiking trail. This offers a great opportunity for a hike through the solitary Rog forest. Lake Kočevje, the Rajhenav virgin forest and the European silver fir tree queen of the Rog forest have been here for centuries.
Your guide will make sure all photo enthusiasts are shown the hidden corners of this mystical forest.In the evening, in partnership with the local hunters association, a guided observation of bears will be organised at one of the hunting observatories.
The best time to observe bears is late in the afternoon, just before dusk. Since bears follow more or less the same routine every day and are used to frequenting the area around the station, they almost always appear to visitors.
Dinner is included in the package. This experience is part of an outreach and development program engaging local associations to develop a more sustainable partnership with nature.
Day 3: After a hearty breakfast, prepared from locally grown products, you will be trekking the Roska Trail and possibly a visit to the Željna Caves, where people have been searching for shelter for over 20,000 years. After lunch, you are transported back to Ljubljana Airport or train station where your experience ends.
The price includes: Transfer to/from Ljubljana airport or train station. Two nights accommodation. Two breakfasts, Two lunches, two dinners; all meals include typical local food. Fully qualified and experienced guide for the bear hide experience. A bear watching activity from a hide. Entrance fees.
The price does not include: Flights. Travelling and activity insurance, beverages, any other items not listed in the price. Personal extras
Rewilding Europe Levy: 5% of your booking sum goes to the local Rewilding Europe organization.
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”.
This is done within 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