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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

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itineraries:

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

Brown Bear Weekend

Exclusive for readers of BBC Wildlife Magazine, this short break visits one of Europe’s lesser known wildlife regions, the Dinaric Alps, for an opportunity to observe its thriving brown bear population alongside birdwatching in rich forests and exploring the natural phenomena of the karst landscape.

  • When to go: May
  • Duration inc. flights: 4 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £1,145 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Mlakar Guest House

Mlakar Guesthouse is situated on the edge of a forest in the Notranjska region of the Dinaric Alps, providing access to the photography hides located throughout the area. With just five rooms accommodating up to ten guests at a time, the guesthouse offers an intimate stay, with traditional touches.