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Slovenia Bears & Owls Photo Tour - 5 Days

Slovenia Bears & Owls Photo Tour

Slovenian Brown Bear & Owls Photography Tour

Go owl and bear watching on this 5-day Slovenia Bears & Owl tour which is leisurely paced available on request. It will take you into the Alps where the Mediterranean and the Pannonian Plain meet the Karst. Slovenia is a small green country that extends in an area of 20,273 km2. Slovenia is one of the most environmentally friendly countries in the world.

According to the Good Country Index, Slovenia ranks fourth among 154 countries in terms of its positive contribution to the planet and the climate. It boasts vast forests, rich biodiversity, numerous protected areas and parks, exceptional water wealth, and high-quality drinking water.

In Slovenia you will be surrounded by greenery at every step- nearly 60% of Slovenia's surface is covered by forests. We are particularly attentive to our natural environment due to its rich flora and fauna. This is also the reason why as much as 13% of Slovenia’s territory is protected. We have one national park, three regional parks, 34 landscape parks, 66 nature reserves, and more than 1200 natural monuments are just some of the reasons for you to come on a unique Photo trip.

In Slovenia, you can experience, visit, feel or taste something new and unique every day of the year! We are a country of unique experiences, free from mass tourism. Its diverse landscape offers a wide variety of outdoor activities; round trips around the country allow you to taste a different authentic local cuisine in every region. In a country known for healthy waters and spas, you can easily enjoy a green, active, healthy and safe holiday experience.

Many bird species nest in Slovenia, while its territory is also a stop for migratory birds. You can see most of the birds in different landscape parks. In Slovenia 380 birds species have been observed, 220 of which also nest.

We are offering you a unique tour 5- day owl and bear watching in Slovenia. But the best thing about coming with us is that you will not need to travel a lot to catch such a diversity of species in front of your lens.

Slovenia Bears & Owls Photo Tour Highlights include:

  • Brown Bear, Fox, Pygmy Owl, Little Owl, Ural Owl
  • Unique Slovenian Landscape
  • Slovenia is the best nesting place for lots of endangered bird species, such as; Ural Owl;
  • Slovenia is known as a green destination. It is covered in 60% by forest, which is a great environment for animals.
  • Slovenia is on the path to becoming a top culinary destination.

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Alternative Tour Name: Bear and Owl
Day 1
Day 1 - Arrival

The tour will start in the unspoiled nature of Loški potok. In Loški Potok can all the photo enthusiasts and adventurers catch a sight of the brown bears and foxes and create their own new photo collections. You will arrive to the spot in mid-day around 2:00 PM. This means that you will have a late lunch and prepare yourself for a photo session. A photo session with a bear and/or fox it is for most of us a very special experience. The day will wrap up with a local dinner.

Day 2
Day 2 - Bear Photo & Lake Cerknica

On the last day in this region our focus in morning will be on bird photography around Lake Cerknica. This is an intermittent lake in the southern part of the Cerknica Polje, a karst field in Inner Carniola, a region in southwestern Slovenia. The lake is an important wildlife resort, especially as a nesting place for many bird species. Botanically, it is distinguished by amphibious plants. It is therefore a part of two Natura 2000 areas of protection. We will finish the day with a bear photography session in the afternoon.

Day 3
Day 3 - Pohorje Plateu Birding Tour

Your day will start with an early breakfast at 6:00 AM, after you will be moving towards eastern Slovenia, to Štajerska region.You will be situated in a nice Guesthouse Iršič. Guesthouse Iršič coexist with nature on one of the most graded locations in the area of Slovenska Bistrica. Inspired by the harmonies of nature they provide unforgettable culinary adventures and served mostly local food. First Photo day in Štajerksa you will have on Pohorje. Pohorje is a 1543 meters high natural oasis with wast forests, the Primeval forest Šumik, clearings and pastures, unspoiled Pohorje waters, waterfalls and moors with lakes, the largest butterfly in Europe and other precious animal species. The natural beauty of Pohorje impresses both nature lovers and experts. Pohorje's nature offers shelter to numerous animal species, his applies particularly to aquatic, waterside and marshland animals. Among others, there are approximately 90 species of birds and more than 700 species of butterflies. Your day will be mostly about PYGMY OWL.

We will try to photo other species as Three-toed Woodpecker, Nutcracker, Crossbill, Ring Ouzel, Black Woodpecker and Grey-headed Woodpecker.

Day 4
Days 4 & 5 - Little Owl and Ural Owl

Day 4 and 5 will start early breakfast & caffe, which is done special for our guests 5:30 am. After breakfast a short drive, less than 15 minutes to the fishponds Rače ribniki/ponds. Rače ponds and Požeg nature park is located on the outskirts of the Drava plain. The park consists of lowland flood forests, meadows with hedges and stagnant water bodies (Rače ponds and reservoir Požeg). Rače ponds have been used for fish farming since 1870 – a time when they were owned by the counts of Rače. Today intensive carp cultivation (from spawning to breeding) takes place in six ponds (3 Rače and 3 Turn ponds) in the area. Despite being man-made in the 60s of the previous century, Reservoir Požeg nowadays represents a true natural gem.

In this area you will have opportunity to take photos of Little owl and Ural owl. Except of owls, you can experience here real hustle and bustle staged by birds throughout the whole year. Drinking hide in forest is great oportunity for lots of little birds. Around ponds lots of bird-life going around also a resting place of the grey heron and the great egret.

Photo session will be in a morning and evening.

Some of the wildlife expected to see on this trip are:

Brown Bear, Fox, Pygmy Owl, Little Owl, Ural Owl

What is included?

  • All accommodation or lodgings based on double occupancy
  • Single occupancy available for an additional charge/cost
  • Professional [English or bi-lingual] guide(s) and support staff, or
  • Transfer between locations and local transfer
  • Full board
  • All activities as specified within the tour itinerary
  • All Applicable Taxes
  • Hides

What is not included?

  • All international or domestic airfares, or
  • All flights unless otherwise indicated
  • Transport from Airport to accommodation site (60 eur/pax)
  • Travel & medical insurance (incl. personal equipment and repatriation)
  • Additional 20 eur for Cross cave
  • Laundry & telephone Charges
  • Alcoholic beverages or bottled drinks
  • Anything else not mentioned in “What is included”
Wildlife Reviews
5 stars
- based on 1  reviews
  1. Truly wonderful
    Richard Forster27 May 2019







    We spent the best part of a week with Ales and his guides, the scenery the photography and the hospitality where fabulous. Could fault the organisation from being picked up by Ales tothe friendliness of out hosts at the accommodation. It was a trip I will never forget. I hope to be visiting again in the near future to see how the hides are developing. I would recommend to anyone.

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Why should I book with Bears and Owls Tours, Slovenia?

Slovenia is small but perfectly formed, encompassing different environments within its borders. In a relatively small area, you can find wildlife from the Alpine, Mediterranean, Karstic and Pannonian world, and photograph them. Pristine and preserved nature offers an abundance of animal species, including some that are rare and endangered. In a week you could have great Bear & Bird tour. Slovenia is still an undiscovered diamond for photography.

What sort of accommodation and vehicles do you supply?

We offer 3* + accommodations. We work with Skoda superb, VW Caravela & Dacia Duster Include accommodation standard (e.g. 3 star, ecolodges, tented, etc) All our accommodations are right next to our hides, close to nature, forest. We do have high standards.

Do you ever change the tour leader or itinerary? If so, what sort of notice do you give?

Tour leader is always free if group is more than 3 person. So 3 + guide/leader.

Do you offer a single supplement option? Can you accommodate a third person/family?

We do offer a single supplement. It is an additional cost.

Do you include meals?

Yes we do up to full board

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

5 Days

Price & Availability

EUR1,365 / per person
This tour is operated by: Fotonatur Slovenia
5 based on 2 reviews

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Tour Facts

  • Slovenia; : Karst, Pohorje platea, Koroska
  • On Request
  • Multi-Day Tour
  • Birds
  • 1 to 6 pax
  • 5 Days
  • 18+
  • Leisurely
  • No
  • English
  • Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport
  • Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport