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Having hosted guests for four centuries, the Mlakar Guesthouse offers a traditional Slovenian stay in one of Europe’s great wilderness area and is an ideal base for searching for brown bears and Ural owls.

The guesthouse offers five comfortably furnished rooms all with complimentary Wi-Fi, en suite bathroom, and a balcony overlooking the idyllic landscape of the nearby forest. Mlakar Guesthouse focuses on traditional Slovenian hospitality and this is reflected in the cuisine served in its restaurant, with hearty national dishes being offered along with regional specialities of the Notranjska region. 

Located on the edge of a forest in the Notranjska region of the Dinaric Alps, the guesthouse provides easy access to some excellent photography hides, perfect for bear watching.

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Wildlife trips

This accommodation is featured in the following itinerary:

Brown Bear Photography

Join us to visit the lesser known but wonderfully wildlife rich nation of Slovenia. Our base is in the southern Dinaric Alps region, home to a population of over 400 brown bears which we will observe and photograph in dedicated hides, along with expert tuition from wildlife photographer Bret Charman.

  • When to go: May
  • Duration inc. flights: 6 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £1,845 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour
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Dinaric Alps

Located in southern Slovenia, the Dinaric Alps is a mountain range that stretches from Italy across Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro before ending in Albania. Noted for their rugged karst topography and valleys, they also offer rich forests filled with brown bears.

  • Where: Southern Slovenia
  • Ideal for viewing: brown bear, Ural owl, scarlet rosefinch, pine marten, black squirrel
  • Excellent for: Wildlife photography, Bear watching