Slovenian Bears in the Dinaric Alps
June 19-24 2019
Number of participants 4 (plus guide)
Join me in Slovenia for four unforgettable days with these gentle giants in one of Europes most scenic wilderness areas. Slovenia is covered by 60% forest, which makes it ideal habitat for Ursus Arctos Arctos, the European brown bear. More importantly Slovenia is an easily accessible country with flights to both Ljubljana or Triest no more than 90mins drive from base camp.
A full gallery of bear images can be found here
The trip will include four hide visits, which take place after lunch to maximize the chances of photographing these amazing mammals. We will be taken by 4x4 to the hide locations and return to base camp as darkess begins to fall. This allows for some of the most amazing "golden hour" lighting, due to our position high in the mountains.
Our host, Miha, has been working with these amazing animals for many years and his guesthouse is renowned for its friendly atmosphere and great local food. Miha knows not only the terrain but also the wildlife and will ensure that guests are placed in the most productive hides at any given moment.
The gusthouse is located in a small picturesque village at the foot of the mountains through which runs a crystal clear river. Well located for a visit to Lake Cerknica, the castle Grad Snežnik or the gorge at Rakov Škocjan should it be of interest.
19/06/19 - arrive at guesthouse with transportation of you own choosing
20 - 23/06/19 - After a hearty breakfast guests are free to explore the local area, making sure to arrive back at the guesthouse for lunch at 1PM.
Between 2 and 2:30 PM we will be taken to to the hides where we stay until 8 - 8:30 PM then return to the guesthouse for the evening meal.
24/06/19 - Guests may leave the accomodation at their leisure after breakfast
300mm is my minimum recommended focal length for bear hides, the ability to use a tele-converter is also recommended. The bears are truly wild and can appear in low light, therefore a tele lens with a max apperture of f2.8 - f4 is always my recommendation.
A good wide angle and a macro lens should you be interested in the surrounding area.
Camera choice is a personal thing but I do recommend the use of a "silent" or "quiet" shutter to avoid the possibility of spooking the bears.
As June is gererally a warm month in Slovenia light clothes are recommended, however a fleece may be needed once night falls.
Please feel free to bring your own laptop/tablet and should you have any questions on image processing we can spend some time covering individual needs.
If you have any specific dietry requirements please get in touch.
This trip requires a minimum of three participants, should the required number not be reached the trip will be cancelled and all deposits refunded.
Not included in the trip:
No flights of any nature are included in the price of the tour.
Transport to and from the accomodation, to be arrange by the individual (I recommend a hire car as the area offers some wonderful photographic opportunities).
Travel Insurance, please make sure your policy is up to date!
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