White water rafting is a tourist or sports rafting on mountain rivers and artificial rowing canals on special 10-, 6-, 4- or 2-seater inflatable rafts, although sometimes wooden rafts are also used for this. Such a rafting, usually, is a water route with an abundance of rapids, shiver, ruts and waterfalls all the way. Rivers that have the opportunity for rafting are usually located in mountainous areas or in very raised terrain. As a consequence, such areas do not have infrastructure and are generally weak or not inhabited by people at all.
The main dangers of rafting are:
On rough, rapids, rafts are used without a frame and oarlocks, and a canoe way of rowing is used (single-bladed paddle). In multi-day tours and for the transportation of expeditionary cargo, rafts are often used, reinforced with a stiffener frame with oarlocks for oars and a swinging rowing method is used. Also on the rafts with swinging oars often transport tourists who are unable or unwilling to row canoe oars. Rafts with swinging oars are operated on rivers of any complexity, up to the fifth.
In world rafting, all routes are classified on a six-point scale: from the 1st to the 6th difficulty categories (kt). It is also possible to specify in the form of signs, for example: 3+ category of complexity or 5 kt. The obstacles themselves are also characterized by a seven-point scale: from 0 to 6 categories of complexity (ks). Similarly to the routes, here too, sign-related refinements are allowed, for example: an obstacle 5 ++ or 4 ks. Rafting is a very dangerous hobby, especially when it comes to routes of the 3rd and higher categories of difficulty.
- overcoming powerful rapids and waterfalls;
- falling of underwater pockets into the "barrels" and debris;
- Injury, hypothermia;
- remoteness from civilization and, as a rule, lack of communication with rescue services.
However, despite the seeming complexity, rafting is now a popular type of active water recreation, as it does not require special training - to participate in the rafting is not necessary experience, it is enough to pay for the tour and join the team, and then experienced and professional instructors prompt and help in all understand. And most importantly, for rafting you do not have to go through special preparatory courses, buy special clothes or bring something extra with you - all this will be given out on the spot while preparing for the rafting. There are even special offers for tourists with disabilities – it’s not even needed to work with the paddle on the raft.
In rafting, there are 6 teams, due to which the raft moves: Move - forward with the maximum effort. Small stroke - forward and a half from maximum effort. Taban - back. Hitch - paddle paddles perpendicular to the axis of the raft, in which the raft is displaced parallel to its previous location. Fracture - paddling with a paddle perpendicular to the axis of the raft, a padded trailing hook. Dry - paddle is put on your knees. Already, there are 28 countries in the International Rafting Association (South Africa, Chile, Canada, Czech Republic, Norway, USA, Argentina, Peru, Mexico, Bolivia, Austria, Slovenia, Germany, Russia, etc.) and their number is increasing every year.
Rafting is good not only for constant physical exertion on all muscle groups, but also includes gaining new experiences and sensations, as well as pleasure and total ecstasy from risky overcoming of various water obstacles, from awareness of one's own unlimited possibilities and strengths, from a constant whirlpool due to sharp and cold splashes, from getting acquainted with the magnificent natural scenery, from rest and a delicious lunch on the beach after another dangerous section of the road ... Each subsequent day of rafting is able to return the expense you doubled energy.
The European "Mecca" of rafting is by right Montenegro, where nature itself has created all the necessary conditions for such an interesting and somewhat risky activity.
Rafting is an opportunity to diversify your holiday in Montenegro.
Rafting is one of the most popular water activities in Montenegro, as it is an excellent opportunity to enjoy an unforgettable adventure and experience bright moments with a company of friends or with your family.
The high popularity of such outdoor activities like rafting (rafting on an inflatable boat on a mountain river) in Montenegro is very easy to explain, because more than half of the country is on an elevation (on average up to 1000 meters above sea level) through which there are many fast mountain rivers.
Due to the fact that the routes here are of very different complexity, rafting in Montenegro can be practiced by both inexperienced beginners, and amateurs and professionals who have passed many different mountain rivers. Montenegro offers water tourism enthusiasts excellent opportunities for rafting - the abundance of mountain rivers with a sharp and rugged nature allows choosing a route to the liking of almost any tourist. For the rafting, such stunning mountain rivers as Tara, Lim, Moraca, Piva are suitable.
Lifehack: It should be remembered that rafting is an extreme sport, the occupation of which entails additional risks. Therefore, tourists who want to experience the thrill of rafting on the Montenegrin rivers, it is necessary to arrange travel insurance in advance.
In Montenegro, there are several routes that are usually offered to tourists - they vary in duration and complexity. The best time for the rafting is the time from June to September, and only a few thrill seekers decide to swim in the winter and spring period, when a lot of precipitation falls in the form of rain and the streams of thawed snow overflow the river, making it even faster and more dangerous.
Before the start of rafting, all tourists are given wetsuits, shoes, life jackets and helmets. The rafting is made on inflatable rubber boats with a width of 2 meters and a length of 5 m. In each of them there are special foot fittings that make traveling around the river safe, as well as rubber bags where you can hide the camera and other valuables for a while. Boats filled with 6-10 people are run by trained and strong instructors. They are experienced masters of their business, who know the nature of the rivers of Montenegro, their whirlpools, rapids, whirlpools and keys. But not all the time you have to fight with oars with steep rapids, there will be stops in the most beautiful places for swimming and photographing. Here you can swim in the river or in one of the waterfalls, the water temperature of which reaches only 10-14 degrees, and even then only in the summer.
Lifehack: During the rafting, you cannot do without thin trousers or shorts, as well as T-shirts. Be sure to pay attention to the material. It must dry quickly in the sun. As a shoe, sports sandals on straps for fastening on the leg are more preferable. Such shoes don’t get wet, are strong and made of synthetic materials. To protect yourself from direct sunlight, be sure to bring your headgear with you. This is an obligatory attribute of rafting on a boat or raft. Cotton gloves, although not an obligatory element of the wardrobe, but it will keep the skin of the hands from scuffing and damage.
As a rule, after each raft, a lunch of national dishes and drinks is served in one of the local restaurants.
Rivers in Montenegro for rafting.
1. Rafting on the river Tara - an unforgettable adventure in Montenegro!
The Tara River is one of the most picturesque and capricious rivers of the Balkan Peninsula, which is formed as a result of the confluence of two small rivers Opasanica and Verusa under the Komove Mountains in the Durmitor National Park in Montenegro. In the territory of Montenegro, Tara flows 144 kilometers, of which 104 km. are in Montenegro, and the remaining 40 km are in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Tara River in some places also forms a natural border between the two countries. Tara flows from the south to the north-north-west and converges with the river Piva to form the Drina River. On both sides of the river there are mountains, rocky and overgrown with forests, trees in which are so old that they remember that it was here 300-400 years ago. Small and large tributaries and waterfalls flow into the river, several Orthodox monasteries are located on its banks, as well as convenient tourist bases and camping sites.
As a result of the fact that the Tara River on its way passes through the soft surface of limestone rocks, a very beautiful, chiseled gorge and precipice formed. All this led to the formation of a long 82 km long popular Tara Canyon, 1300 meters deep, making it the deepest canyon in Europe and the second in the world after the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River in the United States of America. On this river, in the canyon, one of the most impressive bridges in Europe was built - the Djurdjevic Bridge - another attraction of Montenegro.
Powerful in its essence almost all the way, sometimes the river strikes with its calmness and small width. For example, near Bistrica the floodplain of the river is so narrow that, according to the people living there, the river can jump over. This place is called the Davolje laze. According to the international classification of the complexity of the raft, this river belongs to 3 to 5 categories.
Lifehack: Europeans call the river Tara - "Tears of Europe", since it is so transparent that water in this river can be drunk without treatment. Due to its clean drinking water, lush vegetation and wildlife, the Tara River and the canyon are protected by UNESCO.
The flora and fauna of the Tara River canyon are very diverse. In addition to a variety of endemic species, there are also black pine forests, beech, hornbeam, oak, ash, elm, linden and yew. In the canyon, a rich animal kingdom is the realm of mountain goats, bears, wolves, foxes and wild boars. Among the hundreds of bird species above the canyon, you can see an eagle with a wingspan of up to 2 m. In the waters float the fish of noble families, such as salmon, grayling and trout.
This wild, full-flowing river is certainly a popular choice with all the rafting enthusiasts visiting Montenegro. Tara is also alloyed on wooden rafts, rubber inflatable boats, and single plastic kayaks, controlled by a paddle with two blades. The air temperature in the Tara River canyon in summer reaches over 30 ° C during the day, while during the night it often falls to 15 ° C. The water temperature ranges from 7-8 ° C to a maximum of 11-12 degrees Celsius in the summer months.
Amazing routes for rafting on the river Tara.
Numerous rafting clubs, located throughout the Tara River, offer several routes for rafting of varying complexity and duration. Many clubs accept applications for individual routes, developed according to the wishes of customers who have a lot of experience in rafting.
- One of these raft starts from the lower part of the canyon, from the village of Brštanovica and ends in a small village Šćepan Polje. This route is the most exciting and most attractive for many tourists, as well as for sporting events. This part of the river about 25 km long consists of a beautiful natural landscape and 20 most exciting rapids, and lasts from the 1st hour in the spring period of rapid flows to 3-4 hours in summer. It gives participants a unique opportunity to enjoy the beauty of river rapids, cascades, and even ancient buildings.
- The most interesting part of Tara is a longer section, about 100 kilometers, from the town of Šljivansko near the Durdević bridge to Šćepan Polje on the border with Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is on this stretch that there are more than 50 rapids, the overcoming of which will bring a lot of pleasure to rafting enthusiasts.
- Another fascinating route that allows you to plunge into the beauty of the surroundings of the river Tara, begins in the town of Splavista - the quietest and untouched part of nature. There are all conditions for recreation and preparation for rafting. The route includes the passage of the confluence of the Lutitsa River, the monumental Durdevic Bridge and the old Roman crossing over the river. After the rapids of Funjicki bukovi and Bijele ploce, the calm Tara river turns into a wild beauty, the most famous rapids begin here: Brstanovici, Pecine, very dangerous Celije and Vjernovicki. Then the route passes the point Nisovo vrelo - the deepest part of the canyon (1100 m), as well as the famous waterfall Bajlovica sige - from the speed with which the water falls down, it just captures the spirit - 1000 liters per second! Rafting also ends in the town of Šćepan Polje.
You can learn more about other routes on the pages of our website or in the "Guide around Montenegro / Way to Montenegro" app on Google Play.
At the starting point of any route on the river Tara, rafting enthusiasts are usually already waiting for instructors with rubber boats. In each boat sit no more than eight people, plus an instructor. In the group, as a rule, five or six rafts (boats). The most interesting thing is sitting on the board - then you will feel the extreme to the full, inside the boat you will not get such pleasure. At first glance, the river seems calm, there are no rapids. Yeah, here it is, the first threshold - you start to row at the command of the instructor. After passing the threshold, you can relax, look around. You will open a mirror smooth surface of water, crystal clear, inexpressible color and very clean - this is the river Tara. In the process of rafting, the thresholds will alternate and you will have to overcome both small and large obstacles. On large thresholds, the raft practically flips over to one hundred and eighty degrees, the water underneath it boils, the raft throws and unfolds, sometimes raises vertically.
Levels of rafting complexity on the river Tara from 3rd to 5th level and they alternate throughout the year. The level of complexity increases at the beginning of the year and reaches its maximum, usually in March and April, when the water level, due to the melting of ice in the mountains, is very high, and then falls proportionately to the fall of the water level by the end of summer.
Lifehack: Most often people ask the question: "When is the most attractive period for rafting on Tara?" We will answer this question - ALWAYS! The peak of adrenaline in April, May and June, but with a decrease in the water level in July, August and September, some of the thresholds disappear. It's best to go along the river on rafts in April or May, at this time, because of the high water, the rapids are the least noticeable, so you will certainly get your share of adrenaline when the next threshold appears before you. The best time for family rafting is August and September.
Rafting on the Tara River is a real pearl in this form of active recreation and one of the most popular rafting routes in Montenegro!
The rafting in Tara is so popular that many tourists consider this river to be the only possible place for rafting in Montenegro. But this is far from the case - overcoming the flow of fast waters, stones and rapids are also possible on other rivers of Montenegro.
2. Rafting on the river Moraca.
Another river in Montenegro, where rafting is organized, is the river Moraca. Here tourists get less often, and we can say very much in vain ... The area along which the river flows is no less picturesque than the Tara River canyon. In addition, this river is considered one of the safest for rafting in the whole of Europe - here you can get acquainted with the basics of the alloy or hone your skills.
If on holiday in Montenegro you do not want to waste time on overcoming the "easy" route, in the lower reaches of the river, where the length of the rafting is 16 kilometers, nature created excellent conditions for beginner rafters and the difficulty level of the route is 1-2. Somewhat higher upstream, closer to the Monastery of Moraca and the village of Redice, there are very interesting sites, the level of complexity of which reaches 4-6 points, which is available exclusively to professionals.
Unfortunately, unlike Tara, where there are places for descents and camping, there is practically no such thing on Moraca. For example, to go down to the river relatively easily, you will have to walk a little along the road through the canyon, which, by the way, is considered one of the most dangerous not only in the Balkans, but also in Europe. But, for those who still do it, the Moraca River will open its unforgettable beauty and, who knows, maybe it's good that it is not so easily accessible.
3. Rafting on the Lim River.
Against the background of the rivers of Tara and Moraca, the Lim River looks very lonely, where you rarely see rafting fans. Perhaps this is only due to the fact that at its source this river is not very similar to that on which it is possible to float with interest. But in the area where the river Lima turns sharply to the left, the flow of water changes rapidly, and noticeable waves form on the surface. In the same places where Lim flows along the same massif of mountains, deep streams and real rapids appear in its channel, which are so interesting for fans of rafting. All the delights of rafting on this river can be experienced in the area of the town of Bjerane.
4. Rafting on the river Piva.
An interesting place for rafting can be the river Piva - one of the largest in Montenegro. It is quite calm to the dam and stormy, swift right after it. The height of the dam is 220 meters and it was built on the river Piva in 1975. After its construction, a huge and magnificent Piva Lake appeared along which there is a 45-kilometer road with stunning panoramic views. At the construction of this dam itself, many villages in the district were flooded, including the place where the Piva Monastery of the 16th century was located, which for this reason was moved to a new place. Nature along the riverbed is beautiful and diverse: here and coniferous forests, and beech, and mixed grass meadows; Wild goats, bears, wolves, wild boars, foxes, squirrels calmly run to the water, and they can be easily seen from an inflatable boat or a catamaran. In these parts there is still a legend that the canyon of the river Piva used to be much more popular and beautiful than the canyon of the river Tara.
Anyway, being in a raft or kayak, surrounded by the emerald green waters of the river and the delightful nature of these places, you will undoubtedly be in full rapture and remember these moments for years to come!
To determine which of the Montenegrin rivers is the best for rafting, it is better to go there yourself and test yourself!
You can learn more about other routes on the pages of our website or in the “ Guide around Montenegro / Way to Montenegro" app on Google Play.
In addition, you can send a request to us personally through the booking form and we will be happy to pick up a suitable tour or route for you at reasonable prices.
How to get to the place of rafting?
In Montenegro, there are several options, how you can get to the very place that attracts all lovers of extreme rafting on the river rapids:
- Buy an excursion in the city where you rest. For example, in a travel agency or on the embankment of Budva, Petrovac, Kotor, Tivat, Herceg Novi, Dubrovnik, etc. You will be picked up early by a comfortable bus, brought to the rafting site, and afterwards brought back.
- Go by bus. Every day two buses go to Scepan Polje, the morning and the evening. Every day at 8:00 there is a bus "Herceg Novi - Sarajevo" and at 9:00 pm "Herceg Novi - Palje". Both these buses follow through such cities as Kotor, Budva, Cetinje, Podgorica, Niksic and pass through the village you need. Scepan Polje. In advance it will be necessary to agree with the company organizing the rafting, about your arrival, someone can meet you at the border.
See the schedule of buses in Montenegro for every day you can here.
- Go on your own or rented car to the village of Scepan Polje, having previously agreed on rafting with one of the host companies. Although the distance is not very large, but because of the mountain serpentines and narrow roads, it will take about 4 hours. On the way you can drive through the various cities of Montenegro, see the sights and historical sites, and learn more about this small but very interesting and diverse mountain country.
It is not necessary to stop in the immediate vicinity of the canyon and the place of the rafting. At a distance of 100-200 km from the places of rafting both in the central part of Montenegro, and in the resort towns on the Adriatic Sea there are beautiful hotels and apartments for every taste and purse. View all offers for housing in Montenegro and book your favorite room here or in our free app "Guide around Montenegro / Way to Montenegro" on Google Play.
Prices for rafting in Montenegro.
The cost of rafting in Montenegro depends on where you pay for it and what program to choose by the duration and complexity of the route. The price of one-day excursions, sold on the embankment or in the agencies of resort towns, starts from 60 € and can reach several hundred euros. If you go by yourself and negotiate directly with the organizers of the raft, the price of a one-day excursion will be 35-40 euro per person.
Lifehack: The fact is that rafting itself is organized by one firm, and travel agencies only resell these services at the price they consider appropriate. Such a high price for the excursion, for example, in the coastal cities, is explained by the fact that from them to the place of rafting it is necessary to travel about 100-200 kilometers.
The cost of a two-day rafting tour starts from 100 € per person. It includes: accommodation in the camp, food, provision of equipment, the move to the place of rafting. Discounts for children usually apply.
Rafting in Montenegro is one of the most exciting adventures that can be found in Europe, as well as an excellent opportunity to diversify and enrich your beach holiday on the Adriatic coast