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Bear Sanctuary

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Great place to visit

Off the beaten track but well worth a visit. Beautiful location surrounded by forests, the bears... read more

Reviewed 7 October 2018
United Kingdom
A Bear Necessity

These are the happiest and healthiest bears I’ve ever seen in captivity. My family had a lovely... read more

Reviewed 5 October 2018
Newcastle, Australia
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All reviews off the beaten track worth a visit very nice place no charge plitvice lakes nice experience souvenir shop national park run by volunteers well worth the effort great place to visit spoke good english older ones money goes refugee camp no pressure mobile phone
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Reviewed 7 October 2018

Off the beaten track but well worth a visit. Beautiful location surrounded by forests, the bears looked well and cared for in large enclosures. There was a small cafe serving hot and cold drinks and exceptionally clean toilets. I bought a lovely handmade wooden bear...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 5 October 2018 via mobile

These are the happiest and healthiest bears I’ve ever seen in captivity. My family had a lovely time watching them up close in the picturesque countryside off the tourist trail. The volunteers are friendly. Some say the bears are more active in the afternoon but...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 16 September 2018

Had read about Kuterevo Bear Refuge about 6 months ago and forgotten about it. Then when in Croatia on holiday we realised we were near it. Decided to make it our final stop in Croatia and taking the advice of other visitors went early as...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank MachiavellianSheep
Reviewed 30 August 2018 via mobile

A bit of the beaten track...thank heavens. The journey to the alpine setting on a wonderful sunny day was perfect. What a wholly magical and inspiring place. The sanctuary is well maintained , the artistic vibe and obvious empowerment and involvement from the village is...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 29 August 2018 via mobile

Great to see the rescued bears being cared for with a good amount of space and an interesting environment to live in. No entry charge and we were happy to make a donation. Also of interest is the artwork around the site, made by volunteers...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank JamesSwanland
Reviewed 22 August 2018 via mobile

We were recommended to visit the Bear Sanctuary by some locals and we’re glad we did. The park is run by volunteers who look after Croatian bears that are unable to be released back into the wild due to being rescued from injury &/or captivity....More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank CommsCraig
Reviewed 20 August 2018

We stopped off at the sanctury on our way to plitvace lakes and very pleased we did. One of the volunteer was very helpful and knowlegeable in answering our questions . Entry is free but donations can be given which we were very happy to...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank suttondg1
Reviewed 12 August 2018

we spent about 2 hours here. first seeing 3 young bears, and then seeing 2 of the five adults. The enclosures are large. The bears seem happy and are cared for by local people and lots of young volunteers from around the world. it's a...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 26 May 2018 via mobile

This refugee place for orphaned bears is worth the trip to it. We saw 3 younger bears and 4 older bears. The guide Gloria was extremely helpful and friendly, she gave us a lot of information about the refugee camp and the bears.

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank Siniša T
Reviewed 14 April 2018 via mobile

We had a beautiful time there ! It is not that hard to reach just follow your GPS. I have read all the reviews and people are complaining about not getting an explanation and a tour from volunteers. You have to understand that this is...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Yat Kiu T
12 May 2018|
Response from Abel Ć | Reviewed this property |
The best option is to drive there.
16 July 2016|
Response from amanda2010 | Reviewed this property |
Normal shoes are fine if you will be driving to the sanctuary as its quite small. However if you are walking to the sanctuary maybe wear something comfortable because the sanctuary is in the middle of the countryside.
3 July 2016|
Response from sheri m | Reviewed this property |
it seems to be open most of the time from 10 til 4. but please 'bear' in mynd that it is manned solely by volunteers,