Brown bear photography
BEARS & LATE SUMMER
|Autumn with colder days is at the door. That is the time when fluffy bears start gaining fat for the upcoming hibernation and they are active from early afternoon. Cute little cubs are now becoming more playful and independent. The forest is mature and gets its first hints of wonderful autumn colors. And also mysterious mists after the summer rain create a magical ambience.|
Slovenianbears offers ideal sighting options, however, sightings cannot be guaranteed. Nature follows its own set of rules.
Arrival at Guest house in the midday
Afternoon: Meeting with guide, Check-in, Bear photography in hides
Meals: lunch, dinner
Morning: After a hearty breakfast guests are free to explore the local area, making sure to arrive back at the guesthouse for lunch at 12PM or use our “water-station hide” for Bird photography (supplement 60€/person/day).
Afternoon: Bear photography in hides
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Check-out, Departure after breakfast.
Accommodation: CLICK HERE
Duration: 4 days / 3 nights
Group size: 2 – 8 guests
The price includes: **half board in a double bed , **snacks, escort by a nature guide, photo hides fee
**Not included in package (“bears + self-catering)
The price does not include: transport from the airport to the hotel, drinks.
Equipment needed: hiking boots, waterproof jacket, water bottle, torch.
Recommended photo equipment: telephoto lens, wide-angle lens, tripod, beanbag, tripod head
Transportation to bear hides: we are asking you to follow us with your own vehicles to the bear hide locations.
About the guides
Miha Mlakar is the founder of the Slovenianbears.com network of bear photo hides and has a broad knowledge of wildlife.
He organises photo tours and workshops, cooperating with renowned European nature photographers, such as Dionys Moser (CH), Christine Sonvilla (AT), Marc Graf (AT), Chavi Nandes (ES), and Joachim Griesinger (DE).
|Dates||Price in double room||Price in single room||Available spaces|
|1 – 4 September 2023||890€/person||990€/person||4|
|7 – 10 September 2023||890€/person||990€/person||4|
Special requirements – Supplement 100€/day
You can book hides between May and September.
Season starts on 5th of May and ends on 15th of September.
“Thanks to Miha Mlakar and his crew our assignment in Slovenia for Dutch National Geographic Traveler was a great success! We saw a mother brown bear and two cubs from up close. What a great experience!” Menno Boermans, Netherlands.
“It was the first time I saw bears in real life. It was absolutely amazing. Thanks to Miha and his crew.” Mike Weiwers, Luxemburg.
“Gli orsi nel loro habitat naturale sono meravigliosi. .anzi..sono sempre meravigliosi come la natura che li circonda” Marina Assunta Temelacchi, Italy
Technical support on our tours is provided by licensed tour operator TUR SERVIS d.o.o. Cesta 4. maja 50 SI-1380 Cerknica
Slovenianbears offers the best options in Central Europe for bear watching and photography. For this, we have a network of 8 hides that can either be booked separately or visited within the scope of a photo tour.
We are an officially labelled bear friendly company. That means we aim at providing memorable experiences with brown bears whilst ensuring highest ecotourism standards.
Our visitors have high chances of seeing and photographing wild brown bears since our hides are located in an area that holds one of the world’s richest densities of brown bears. Moreover the hides are selected carefully regarding location and light availability.
Whilst offering our visitors best watching and photographing opportunities we strive to keep pressure on brown bears minimal. We do so by not constantly using all hides, by briefing our guests thoroughly, by providing only limited amounts of food at hide locations and by thinking ahead: The number of hides in our network shall remain at the current level to keep the experience special and sustainable.
Why do we feed? Slovenia as many other European countries have a long-lasting history of providing food for wildlife in specifically assigned hunting locations. Our hide-network has been set up in cooperation with local hunters, we use the same locations and place limited amounts of food, respectively corn. The quantities are defined by official institutions and are strictly controlled per year and site.
Slovenianbears also cooperates with a number of local companies, guides and employees.
Thereby, revenues stay in the region and create a positive feedback loop. Locals make a living of their natural resources, visitors appreciate the experience of nature and wildlife and thefore brown bears, which are an integral part of our rich natural heritage, have greater chances of long-term survival.