Slovakia has always attracted skiers and walkers from neighbouring Poland and Hungary. The Czechs, too, still consider it home in many respects, but few people from further West are aware of the true beauty of the area. From a wildlife perspective, there has been almost no focus on Slovakia from any country. Even the Slovaks, in most part, are unaware of the value of their wild fauna.
At Footloose, we have connected with the team which has studied the bears of the High Tatras since 2008, a combination of rangers, researchers and wildlife enthusiasts which have played a significant part in improving the relationship between bears and the people of the area.
We work with this team to take you into stunning, remote spots where bears can be seen regularly, behaving naturally. Not only do we have a unique relationship with skilled and experienced rangers, but we also have exclusive use of their ranger cottages, which, whilst basic, allow us access to the best areas at the best times of day.
With Footloose, you can contact members of the Slovak team anytime to ask about the walks, find out about bear sightings, or more mundane issues such as required clothing. You can ask any of us about the work we are helping with, creating centres of understanding in the mountains to acquaint local people with their bears, and help them realise what an asset they are.