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Wildlife Locations

Combined with neighbouring Croatia, Slovenia offers one of Europe’s greatest wilderness regions which has remained largely unchanged over the past 50 years. Although best known for brown bear viewing in the Dinaric Alps region, there is also spectacular birdlife around Lake Cerknica of where 276 species can be viewed.

1 recommended location:

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

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Wildlife trips

Despite its small size, Slovenia offers an incredibly rich and diverse mix of wildlife and stunning landscapes. From the Dinaric Alps which cross the country to create one of Europe’s largest wilderness areas and the sand dunes that meet the Mediterranean coast, Slovenia is an ideal location to view wildlife - including brown bear - in a lesser visited area of Europe.  

2 recommended trips. Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.

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

When to go

The best time to visit Slovenia is during the late spring and summer months which coincide with the peak time for brown bear viewing. 

Seasons

  • Spring

    Mar to May: Mild days with cooler night. Weather may be slightly unsettled still in the mountainous regions
  • Summer

    Jun to Aug: Days are warm and usually dry. July is the hottest month of the year
  • Autumn

    Sep to Nov: Days are generally mild
  • Winter

    Dec to Feb: Days can be bitterly cold with temperatures dropping below freezing. January is the coldest month of the year.

Wildlife events

  • May to Aug:

    Brown bears active in the forest regions

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