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The Dinaric Alps create part of Europe’s great wilderness areas and over the past 50 years have remained largely unchanged, creating an ideal location for viewing brown bears in their natural habitat.

An ideal time to visit the region is during the summer months of May to August which coincides with brown bear viewing. Away from the forest areas which are home to the bears, there are stunning natural landscapes such as the intermittent lake of Lake Cerknica which appears for eight months of the year and is designated as a Wetland of International Importance, with incredibly rich biodiversity including 276 species of birds, 45 mammal species and 125 butterfly species. The phenomena of the karst landscape continues into areas such as the Rakov Škocjan valley with its amazing natural bridges framing the valley and the lake-filled intricate cave network of Križna jama.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: brown bear, Ural owl, scarlet rosefinch, pine marten, black squirrel
  • Where: Southern Slovenia, Slovenia

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This wildlife location 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