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Tourist farm Ranč Gaberje, Lendava

Updated on August 7, 2012

In Harmony with Nature

When you are considering where to spend your holidays, don`t overlook Slovenia`s countyside. Here, in idyllic green and peaceful settings far from crowds and the everyday rush is a farm that along with its regular farming activities welcome tourists.

The first host that you will be welcomed on Ranč Gaberje is red deer also known as Elk in North America. At about 6 hectares moves freely one little herd. So nice to see those wild animals so close... for me... priceless. You can even touch some of them and feel them in all its greatness. You can also see wild boar or wild pigs. They are in the fence because of their wild nature. Then you hear "Meeeee"... hehe... and you see little goats coming around the corrner.

I'm really blessed that I was able to experience this. I shot a few photos to share with my squidoo friends.

All photos in this lens are mine

Ranch Gaberje on Facebook

Young deers on the Ranc Gaberje

ranc lendava
ranc lendava

Green spring on Ranc Gaberje

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They offer you comfortable accommodation and home made food. Tourist farm is an ideal place for nature lovers, peaceful holiday. Wake up at the sight of deer, wild pigs and baby shrimp. Accommodations are in the immediate vicinity of the spa Lendava.

You can chose double rooms (king-size bed) or double rooms with an extra bed. All rooms are equipped with TV, SAT TV, INTERNET access and a bathroom with shower and toilet.

Specialty of farm Ranch are the dishes of venison and lamb, which is offered together with bread, baked in a wood oven. This is nice to give the deer goulash, prepared by in-kind in the boiler. They also offer homemade venison salami. If you want they can prepare you vegetarian and a diet food.

For all lovers of fishing is available pond full of carp and pike. If you've never fishing, and you have a desire, you can learn.

Small wild piglets

wild pig
wild pig

At the Ranch these days is a small kindergarten with nine small piglets, which began to recognize their surroundings. The owner Cvetka by her discreet approach even got used to come to her and eat by her hands. Really cute when they run freely around like little kids, and with a little caution in the end only approximate. Of course this will only last a short time, as these are wild animals and soon will be too dangerous for such contact.

Pig's Kinder garten

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Bobi and LandLady Cvetka

Bobi and LandLady Cvetka
Bobi and LandLady Cvetka

Red deer Facts

Red deer: Cervus elaphus

Habitat: grassland, forest, mountains & moorland

Description: bright red-brown summer coat, longer, thicker & browner in winter. Buff-coloured rump. Male (stag) has antlers.

Size: height at withers up to 122cm. Length from 175cm to 285cm. Female (hind) is slightly smaller than stag: Weight :- 100 - 120 kg.

Life-span: stag about 10 years, hind 12 years.

Food: mainly grasses, heather, leaves and twigs.

Red Deer Habits

Territory: Stags and hinds live in separate herds for most of the year, each keeping to a well-defined territory. Deer in woodland live in small groups but highland deer usually live in larger herds, moving up the hillsides by day to feed and shelter in the deeper heather or woods at night. Summer and winter territories are different. In winter the herds move to lower ground where there is more shelter, and in summer they keep to the higher slopes.


Aren't they cute?

Aren't they cute?
Aren't they cute?

Red deers habitat and feeding

Habitat & Feeding: The natural habitat of the red deer is forest, but as the great forests of Britain were felled over the centuries, most of them were forced to live on exposed moorland, moving into wooded plantations during severe winter weather.

The deer are browsers by nature, pulling off leaves from oak, birch and rowan trees. They will also eat twigs, ivy and lichen from trees, especially during the winter. In open habitats, the deer become mainly grazers, cropping grass and browsing from small shrubs such as heather. Feeding takes place mainly during the early morning and evening, the deer resting and ruminating (chewing the cud) by day. The natural habitat of the red deer is forest, but as the great forests of Britain were felled over the centuries, most of them were forced to live on exposed moorland, moving into wooded plantations during severe winter weather.


I don't see anything...:)

I don't see anything...:)
I don't see anything...:)

Red Deer and Humans

Red Deer and Humans

The red deer has always been hunted by man for its meat, known as venison, and for sport. In Roman times, coaches were pulled by teams of red deer during ceremonial processions connected with the worship of Diana, the goddess of hunting.

Today, man is the adult deer's only predator. Calves are sometimes taken by carnivores such as foxes, Scottish wild cats and golden eagles, but the wolf, which may well have once been the red deer's main predator, became extinct in Britain during the 18th Century.

The red deer is quite common in suitable habitats and even increasing. It is protected both as a game animal for hunting and as an ornamental animal in parks. Red deer farming is becoming increasingly popular, the animals being raised in a similar way to cattle.


Have you been on Tourist farm yet?

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    • NibsyNell profile image


      5 years ago

      Aaaww... those little piglets! :)

    • iWrite4 profile image


      6 years ago

      Very nice pictures! :)

    • Paul Ward profile image


      6 years ago from Liverpool, England

      I'm hungry now! Some great pics there.

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      6 years ago

      Nice place!

    • kraji lm profile image

      kraji lm 

      6 years ago

      Very nice lens and photos!

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      6 years ago

      Beauuuuuuuuuuutifuuuuuuuuuul place!

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      6 years ago

      nice lens

    • cajkovska lm profile imageAUTHOR

      cajkovska lm 

      6 years ago

      @Funny_Beekeeper: Yes... pictures are mine. I enjoy visit Ranc... really nice experience.

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      6 years ago

      I've been on couple of Tourist farms lately but this one in Gaberje I didn't visit yet. It looks like a nice place to relax and be in touch with nature - at least this is what I can tell from your wonderfull pictures. Did you take them?

      Anyway, very nice lens indeed, you deserve my like ;)

    • Fcuk Hub profile image

      Fcuk Hub 

      6 years ago

      I should move to Slovenia :)

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      6 years ago

      Wow nice Tourist farm.

    • TravelDiaries profile image


      6 years ago

      No, but since i had a kid it has been on my mind. I am sure my 4 year old woul love it.

      Thanks for sharing.

      Happy Travels

    • LouisaDembul profile image


      6 years ago

      Very nicely presented, you made us want to visit Tourist farm!

    • efriedman profile image


      6 years ago

      Spectacular place that you have brought to life through your writing. I have never been to Slovenia but hope to someday.

    • Blackspaniel1 profile image


      6 years ago

      Nice lens

    • cajkovska lm profile imageAUTHOR

      cajkovska lm 

      6 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks for blessing!

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      6 years ago

      Enjoyed seeing and reading this article today, well done. *blessed*

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      6 years ago

      It looks nice. I love your pictures, with great positive energy!

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      6 years ago

      Well, I don't think we've been to a tourist farm in Europe ... but we spent time at Club Dobogomajor in Hungary and saw a variety of animals. Your pictures are quite special. And, nice job with the presentation ... you have made the place look very inviting!

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      6 years ago

      Once I was on a visit to the ranch ... it was very nice and interesting


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