Bear Watching Slovenia

Come face-to-face with the king of Slovenian forests in its natural environment

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Duration

5 h

Difficulty

Easy

Price

129 €

Included in Bear Watching Slovenia

Transportation to the forest
Guidance by a wildlife expert
Slovenian wild brown bear experience

Extras for Bear Watching Slovenia

Transportation from Ljubljana
129 € per person

Description of Bear Watching Slovenia

Join a wildlife expert and venture deep into Slovenia’s forests where you’ll get a chance to meet our majestic brown bear in its natural habitat. Experience the tranquillity of solitude while observing nature’s amazing game of life play out before your eyes.

With over 60% of its territory covered in dense forests, Slovenia is one of the greenest countries in the world. A great example of Slovenian woodlands is the Kočevski Rog primeval forest. This ancient marvel is home to 20,000-year-old cavemen dwellings and is ruled over by the majestic king of forests – the brown bear.

There are just under one thousand European brown bears living in Slovenia, around 600 of which roam the Kočevski Rog forest. The number of these magnificent creatures has grown dramatically in the last twenty years, which resulted in the government’s decision to reduce the bear population by two hundred specimens in the coming years. This sparked a nation-wide outcry to preserve Slovenia’s indigenous friendly giant. And rightly so. As human civilisation expands, the deforestation of certain areas has caused the brown bear to reach borderline extinction on the European continent. However, the Slovenian bears are under strict conservation and will undoubtedly be sharing our forests for many generations to come.

Although a very tiny chance of actually catching a glimpse of a bear while hiking through Slovenia’s grand primeval forest does exist, running into one is virtually impossible. Or is it? Normally, bears tend to avoid humans. As soon as they sense us approaching, they scurry off into the opposite direction never to be seen again. But here’s where Bear Watching comes in.

By following a wildlife expert deep into Slovenia’s bear country, you’ll come face-to-face with this furry beast in its natural environment. Before venturing into the wilderness, our guide will teach you everything you need to know about bears and their habitat. Once in the safe confines of a wooden outpost, you’ll be able to witness nature’s wonderful creatures going about their daily lives. The outpost’s giant windows will give you an up-close view of this spectacular animal. The experience is enhanced by the feeling of solitude and oneness with nature. In addition to the mighty bear, you may often be able to see wild foxes, lynxes, martens, deer, wolves, badgers, skunks and other beautiful forest dwellers. Amazing photos will be taken and loads of fun will be had!

Bear Watching doesn’t only give you a unique opportunity to learn all about these stunning creatures and the woods in which they live. You’ll also be contributing to a good cause, as some of the proceeds go directly towards the preservation of local wildlife. An unforgettable adventure awaits!

 

Highlights on Bear Watching Experience

  • Hike through Slovenia’s pristine primeval forest and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature
  • Learn a great deal about the forest’s inhabitants from a local wildlife expert
  • Get an up-close view of the beautiful brown bear on its own turf
  • Rekindle your connection with nature
  • Create unforgettable moments in the wilderness

What to bring

  • Comfortable clothes
  • Sport shoes or hiking boots
  • Camera

Location & time

  • Time: 2PM
  • Location - near Lož (about an hour drive from Ljubljana)
  • Detailed location information are sent upon reservation

Fun facts to bear in mind

  • The European brown bear can grow up to 260 cm in length and reach 400 kg in weight.
  • Their average lifespan is around 35 years.
  • In winter, brown bears hibernate. During this 3-month period, their blood temperature drops by 6 ˚C and they lose 30-50 % of their body mass.
  • Contrary to common belief, bears are predominantly vegetarian, feeding mainly on forest fruits, roots, greenery and fungi. The brown bear only occasionally snacks on meat like rodents or carcasses of dead animals.
  • Females carry their young for 6-7 months. They give birth to 2-3 blind and deaf cubs who only gain their hearing after 2 weeks and sight after 4-5 weeks. The cubs suckle milk for 4 months and stay by their mother’s side for 2 whole years.
The agency was very flexible and kind. The guide was great, english spoken and funny. He showed us around and told us a lot about history of Slovenian bears and country. Great work and special thanks to the agency back office.
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Penny Mars
There are so many things to do in Slovenia, you can’t even think of. We wanted to see something special and different so we went bear watching. A beautiful experience we will remember forever. Perfect organization, great guide. Everything went as described and planned. If you want to step into something different I would recommend to go here with these guys.
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Aysu Atis
I went to Slovenia also to see bears in the nature. They are very known for those animals since they are exporting them also to other European countries. The trip was good, the place was safe and suitable also for bigger groups. If you happen to go to Slovenia, don't miss it!
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Daniel Cohen
  • The agency was very flexible and kind. The guide was great, english spoken and funny. He showed us around and told us a lot about history of Slovenian bears and country. Great work and special thanks to the agency back office.
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    Penny Mars
  • There are so many things to do in Slovenia, you can’t even think of. We wanted to see something special and different so we went bear watching. A beautiful experience we will remember forever. Perfect organization, great guide. Everything went as described and planned. If you want to step into something different I would recommend to go here with these guys.
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    Aysu Atis
  • I went to Slovenia also to see bears in the nature. They are very known for those animals since they are exporting them also to other European countries. The trip was good, the place was safe and suitable also for bigger groups. If you happen to go to Slovenia, don't miss it!
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    Daniel Cohen

Frequently Asked Questions

When can I see the brown bear?

Bears hibernate during winter, so our Bear Watching expeditions into the wilderness are organised from May to October.

Is it safe?

Bear Watching in Slovenia is extremely safe. The only danger that exists is falling madly in love with the forest and animals that live there. A side-effect of Bear Watching can also be the strong desire to do it again.

Does Bear Watching disturb the wild animals?

Absolutely not. Bear Watching takes place in a specially designed, smell-isolated outpost. The animals will never know you were there.

How big is a wild brown bear?

The European brown bears can grow up to 260 cm in length and reach 400 kg in weight.

When can I see the brown bear?

Bears hibernate during winter, so our Bear Watching expeditions into the wilderness are organised from May to October.

Is it safe?

Bear Watching in Slovenia is extremely safe. The only danger that exists is falling madly in love with the forest and animals that live there. A side-effect of Bear Watching can also be the strong desire to do it again.

Does Bear Watching disturb the wild animals?

Absolutely not. Bear Watching takes place in a specially designed, smell-isolated outpost. The animals will never know you were there.

How big is a wild brown bear?

The European brown bears can grow up to 260 cm in length and reach 400 kg in weight.

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