Absolutely wonderful experience. The paddle route was beautiful, the company was extremely accommodating in arranging a tour that met our exact needs, and our guide was friendly and wonderful. Highly recommend getting off the beaten path with Bananaway!
SUP, Hike and Track Brown Bears in the Back of Beyond
Be active on land by hiking, and active on water by paddle-boarding through beautiful landscapes. Have fun outdoors, breathe fresh air and forget about the daily routine.
Become a part of the unforgettable trip to the wild South of Slovenia. Meet the green capital of Slovenia and immerse yourself in the pristine nature while paddling and hiking through the picturesque Kolpa canyon with its numerous bird species to the remote bear forests and the water karst cave surrounded by the stunning underground lakes.
4 DAYS SUP, Hike and Track Brown Bears PROGRAM:
Day 1: ARRIVAL AND SUP TOUR IN LJUBLJANA
After your arrival, take time to relax in the lovely city center of Ljubljana: walk across the famous Dragon Bridge and the unique Triple Bridge and stop at the splendid bars and shops near the Prešern Square while listening to the street performers. The city won European Green Capital Award in 2016, so feel its natural vibe as you sup on the Ljubljanica River and listen to the birds singing and flying towards the magical Ljubljana Castle.
Day 2: KOLPA RIVER WATER PIQNIQUE, ŠKRILJ BUNKER & KOČEVJE GLAMPING
Start your day visiting one of the most uncommercialized and preserved rivers in Slovenia: the Kolpa River. Paddle through the quiet Kolpa canyon and observe the unique greenery. The river is one of the purest parts of Slovenia with a wide range of birds. Descend to its calm part, join a water picnic, go swimming, and feel the harmony with nature. After a good rest, prepare yourself for an awe-inspiring Škrilj bunker. Made during the Cold War, the bunker was planned to be used in case of an atomic bomb, where people could stay up to 100 days. Enter this closed military area in the forest and let the Škrilj bunker with its 500 corridors and 6 underground rooms leaves you speechless. Afterwards, you arrive at the amazing camp in Kočevje, where you can have a comfortable evening in your glamping house.
Day 3: BEAR & MUSHROOM TRACKING, GLAMPING
In Kočevje, the bear and mushroom tracking is a must! Put your shoes on and follow the local into the woods. As you hike along the narrow forest road, look for the mysteriously shaped mushrooms hidden behind the trees and learn about their characteristics. Once in the bear observatory, wait for the big brown hairy bear and look straight into his eyes. Watch the nature and the rest of the animals from the bear perspective! Once you finish your bear adventure, descend among the beautiful trees right to your glamping house, where you finish your day with a delicious meal.
Day 4: KRIŽNA CAVE TOUR
Enjoy the last day by visiting the world-renowed water karst cave and the only naturally preserved tourist cave in Slovenia! The Križna Cave distinguishes from other caves due to its numerous underground lakes and animal species. Go on a boat tour and get to know each of the 22 crystal clear lakes, while you search for the cave bear remains. Paddle through the silent cave, observe the structure of the former human hideout from the time of Eneolithic, and have the last traditional Slovenian meal.
In case a 4-day trip was not enough for you, you can easily choose another activity and we will be happy to spend an extra day with you!
WHO IS SUP, HIKE AND TRACK BROWN BEARS FARM MEANT FOR?
The true adventures that love to explore new countries and for nature lovers. It’s for anybody that wants paddleboardig in pristine nature and hike in the wild and mysterious forest.
The paddle boarding experiences are not required, introductory sup course is a part of the program, so anyone who can swim can join.
4 day SUP, HIKE AND TRACK BROWN BEARS: 664€
Group size: min 4, max 8 people
We like to work with small groups, which allows us to create more intimate atmosphere and better connection among the group. With smaller groups we maximise the safety of the group and minimise our environmental footprint. We believe in sustainability. We prefer slow travelling than rushing from location to location.
- Pick up and drop off at Ljubljana airport
- 1 night accommodation in Ljubljana
- 2 night accommodation in a glamping in the wild Bloke Plateau
- Ljubljana city tour with SUP
- Refreshing paddleboarding in Kolpa canyon
- Introductory SUP course for beginners
- The brown bear expedition
- Lunch in the wild forest
- Entry fee to bunker Skrilj
- Entry fee to Krizna cave with boat tour
- SUP equipment (sup board, paddle, leash)
- Professional guides
- Tourist tax
- Flight to Ljubljana
WHAT TO PACK?
- swimming suit, board shorts, micro fibber towel, flip flops,
- hiking shoes, hiking clothes, hiking backpack,
- sunscreen, water,
- smile and positive energy!
It depends on the season, in spring and autumn time can be colder, so bring a wind stopper and some warmer clothes.
WHAT HAPPENS IF THE WEATHER IS BAD? Ensuring the safety of paddle-boarders is our number one priority. We can take you paddle-boarding in sunny and cloudy weather, but not in case of heavy rain, river current or wind.
In case of bad weather we will try to adjust the program and activities.