A Day with the Bear
A guided forest walk and observation of the brown bear from a high observatory
For small groups
Close, a mere hour’s drive from Ljubljana, there is a world that touches us with its primal ways. It is perhaps because of its Karstic spirit, the rolling hills of Notranjska covered with acres of majestic forests, or because of its remoteness, its seclusion from wide roads and noisy crowds. On this occasion, we invite you to join our experienced guides on the trail of the brown bear (Ursus Arctos), which will lead you all the way to the observatory where you’ll be able to safely observe this extraordinary animal in its natural habitat.
- We will meet at TIC, the Lož Information Centre for the Observation of the Brown Bear, where we will teach you the basics of how to safely move through the woods, and how to efficiently observe wildlife. We will also inform you about the main characteristics of the brown bear, and about its presence in Slovenia and in the daily lives of the people of Lož Valley.
- The guide will then take you to Gornje Poljane, a village at 1,000 m above sea level, which is an approximately 20 minutes’ drive from Lož. Wandering through the surrounding woods, you’ll discover animal tracks, forest vegetation, and hear ever-revealing stories of the interdependent and intertwined relationship between man and nature.
- You will also learn about farm life in days gone by, and see the ethnographic collection of tools used in farming, forestry, and households in the first half of the 20th century.
- Welcome drinks (soft drinks or spirits) and traditional snacks will give you a taste of natural and authentic home cooking.
- For many, the highlight of the day will be the evening, when you’ll be able to sit quietly in the safety of the observatory, and observe, several meters above ground and in the heart of the forest, the wildlife passing by on their trails, among them – the brown bear itself.
The activity starts at approximately 13:00; because it depends on the time of sunset, we inform each participant about it on sign-up. The programme lasts between 7 and 8 hours, of which 2 hours are spent at the observatory.
The season for observing the brown bear in its habitat is between April and the end of October. The activity is carried out from observatories (several metres above ground), which enable participants to safely observe and photograph wildlife. Our guide will be with you throughout the observation.