The brown bear (Ursus arctos) is the largest carnivore in Europe and an important element in well-preserved environments. It is a charismatic species that generally evokes respect in humans. Even in areas where bears are abundant in the Dinaric Mountains, it is not common to encounter a bear. Bears are generally very shy. They perceive humans as a threat and avoid confrontations.
However, it is possible to see them and we invite you to explore our products of “Bear watching” from safe hides, designed specifically for this purpose. The hides are usually designed to fit up to five people; most of them are at ground level not facing against the sun at dusk or dawn and offer a scenic background. Many of these hides also offer the opportunity to photograph from three different sides of the hide and are placed in locations where the chances for spotting a bear are relatively high (i.e., > 80%).
You will have an opportunity to see and photograph the most charismatic large carnivore in Europe. However, our management philosophy is consistent with the goal of safely viewing bears in a natural setting while eliminating or minimizing impact on them.
Brown Bear Watching in his Natural Environment
The Lož valley (Loška dolina) is in the Notranjska region of southern Slovenia, surrounded by the largest concentration of uninhabited forest in Central Europe. This is the ideal living space for many forest animals and just one hour from Green Slovenia’s capital city Ljubljana!
A day out with the Bear
Just one hour from the noise of Ljubljana you will find mighty tranquil forests filled with natural wonders, Notranjska hills and discover a rocky Karst soul. And it is here that we invite you to join our experienced guides to follow brown bear (Ursus arctos) trails. You will observe the action from the safety of a hunting hideout, high up, where you can watch this mighty animal in its natural environment. All our programs are based on the principle of humans cohabiting with brown bears. By participating, you are contributing to the ongoing conservation of the brown bear and its environment.
The Ljubljana Marshes and the Bear
Active holidays in the heart of Slovenia, at the foot steps of green capital – Ljubljana. Enjoy the hiking, biking and admire nature of Ljubljana Moor, UNESCO cultural heritage of “lake dwellers”, located halfway between the city of Ljubljana and Rakitna, our base. This is also an excellent starting point for bear and wildlife watching and outdoor activities. Complement your experience by visiting Ljubljana and experience a green urban environment, as well as unspoiled nature.
In the heart of bear land
Designed for real gourmets with passion for wildlife observation and photography. With the help of experienced hunters, guides and photographers you will also learn interesting stories and gain information that will place bears and other wildlife in a wider context. Of course, we did not forget the traditional cuisine which will complement the program. And finally, you will enjoy many other natural and cultural attractions in the heart of the bear land, that must be seen and experienced.
Escape to the bear land
Can you imagine living in a lodge situated in a lonely village, at least for a few days? Here you will surely find peace and time for reflection. The rental of the lodge is a great starting point for exploring the region of Kočevsko, the bear land and the implementation of your active getaway. The program offers you an authentic experience of the way of life of our ancestors and the opportunity to discover one of the best preserved forest habitats which is exposed to extremely restricted and controlled human interventions.
Kočevska wildlife & macro photography workshop
Visit the forest areas of the South, where you can experience divine nature. The forests which cover 80% of this region are so well preserved that some areas are recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. This area is perfect for macro and wildlife photography. Three of Europe’s large carnivore species (bear, lynx and wolf) live in the area. Explore it with the locals and find amazing viewpoints above the Kolpa river canyon.