Welcome to Kočevsko, also known as the bear kingdom! Spend an unforgettable day in the forest, where you will learn how important it is to maintain responsible coexistence between nature and man while listening to many interesting facts. The program is suitable for everyone who would like to experience a different day in nature, and it is also very educational for older children. The brown bear and the vast forests of Kočevski will surely impress you with their might.
Program duration: 1 day
Season: April - October
Difficulty: moderately demanding
Suitable for: families with older children, couples, individuals, small groups (up to 8 people)
You can observe: the brown bear, wolf, lynx, deer, roe deer, various forest birds, owls, waterfowl
- your adventure begins in Kočevje, where the guide will introduce you to the program,
- you will go to the forest and learn a lot of information,
- you will have a forest picnic on the clearing,
- you will look for traces of wild animals in the forest and you may even get to observe them,
- after lunch you will visit the "Bear's Room" in Kočevska Reka,
- you will learn more about bears and their life,
- accompanied by a hunter, you will visit the forest observatory,
- you will end you day filled with adventure by observing nature and animals.
The adventure begins in the town of Kočevje, located in the heart of Kočevsko. An experienced and specialized guide will first introduce you to the entire program of the day and explain everything group members need to know before entering the forest. The path will lead you deep into the heart of the Kočevsko forests until you find the first traces of wild animals. This is an ideal place to stop and start exploring the secret forests, where you can come across the footsteps of different animals, with each of them having a different interpretation as well as a different story. Accompanied by the guide, you will trace the animals and explore the various signs of the presence of wildlife in their natural environment, while learning a lot of new interesting and useful information. While exploring, you will also stop at a clearing where you can relax and refresh yourself while having a small forest picnic with local delicacies. For all enthusiastic photographers, there will be no shortage of picturesque spots with beautiful motifs of nature.
After a late lunch at an inn in the nearby Kočevska Reka, you will visit the "Bear's Room" in Kočevska Reka. The "Bear's Room" serves as a place for sharing knowledge about bears and everything related to them, so during the visit, you will learn about the brown bears living environment, the importance of population regulation and tools for measuring the population. You will also learn about proper behavior during bear watching at the observatory, in order to make the wildlife watching experience as enjoyable as possible for you while at the same time undisturbed for wildlife.
Later, you will be greeted by a local hunter, who will join you for bear watching that will be carried out on specially adapted observatories, placed a few meters above the ground. To make the animal watching as safe as possible, you will be accompanied by a guide and a hunter. There you will have to sit in complete silence and indulge in the sounds of nature and animal watching. With some luck, you may also be able to spot a brown bear, as they mostly roam on established paths and are very likely to be seen. Nevertheless, you need to keep in mind that nature is unpredictable, which actually makes it even more enchanting.
We have developed this program in accordance with the standards of sustainable tourism and with the least possible impact on the environment, especially on wild animals.
Contact and inquiries:
The program can be tailored to your requests.
For further info and inquiries, you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, we will be happy to help.
We look forward to your visit to Kočevsko, the Secret Forest of Slovenia.