Everyone who has ever visited the area around the Drina and Tara rivers wishes to return to it again. The Tara canyon is a real natural gem, the largest and deepest canyon in Europe. This river is navigable throughout its course and so clean that you can drink it. It is also rich in flora and fauna, many of which are unique, so it is no wonder that it is included in the list of UNESCO-protected areas.
Apart from rafting, adrenaline, good time, and genuine relaxation, this area has a lot more to offer. Mountains, forests, rivers, basins, glacial lakes, breathtaking viewpoints, hiking trails, and various other beautiful and striking natural features such as caves, gorges, rocks, and waterfalls are located in National Park Sutjeska and National Park Durmitor. What to visit in the area of Drina and Tara? Which attractive locations must be visited when you come to Rafting Center Drina Tara?
Zelengora and its lakes
Tame, green, vast, full of pastures and meadows, decorated with "mountain eyes" - all of this is the Zelengora mountain. On it, you will be greeted by clear waters from as many as eight lakes in which mountains and conifer forests are reflected - Gornje and Donje bare, Kotlaničko, Orlovačko, Štirinsko, Borilovačko, and Crno, and Bijelo lake. Zelengora is a real oasis for nature lovers, as it is dotted with accessible paths for walkers, cyclists, and mountaineers.
A trip to Zelengora mountain is possible via Tjentište, then through the picturesque Sutjeska canyon, via Čemerno to Lake Orlovačka, and with our assistance, you can go on a 4x4 Jeep photo safari and visit all these jewels of nature in a few hours, take breaks at the viewpoints and take photos of these beautiful scenes. Lake Orlovačko and Lake Donje Bare are rich in fish, so in addition to tourists, they also attract passionate fishermen. Zelengora is ideal for an active family holiday filled with hiking, walking, and fishing.
Hrcavka River and Sutjeska River
The canyon of the Hrcavka river has only recently been fully explored, so since 2014 commercial tours along it have started. Numerous rivers and streams flow into the Hrčavka River. It is rich in trout and features various cascades and waterfalls.
The river Sutjeska is 36 km long, flowing through a valley, and one part through a gorge with steep, almost vertical sides, which rise to 1000m. In its valley, one of the toughest WW2 battles took place, and in honor of those who died during the Battle of Sutjeska, the magnificent Valley of Heroes memorial complex was built in Tjentište, which you can also visit.
Perucica primeval forest
Did you know that we have a real primeval forest here? This unique nature reserve is the last preserved primeval forest in Europe and it is believed to be as old as 20,000 years! A visit to Perućica through its dense and protected woods is only possible with a guide from the Sutjeska National Park. There you can also see trees that are about 300 years old and 50m high, and it is a preserved and untouched wilderness because man has never interfered in the natural processes and the life cycle of plants and animals that inhabit Perućica.
Pristine nature which hides more than 170 species of trees, and 9 species of woodpeckers, is also home to wild animals such as bears, roe deer, lynxes, wild cats, blind dogs, wolf, fox, badger...
The grandiose Skakavac waterfall
In the heart of the Perućica primeval forest, in a dense cover of beech and spruce, the Skakavac waterfall falls from more than 75m. Skakavac (eng. jumper or grasshopper) is the highest waterfall in Bosnia and Herzegovina and is a truly magical place to see.
As you observe how the Perućica stream cuts through the forest and falls between two steep slopes of Maglić, passing from the upper to the lower valley in the form of a cascade, falling over the large karst limestone ridge, all your senses will be sharpened.
Manita vrela and Sipcanica
Manita vrela is one of the attractions that your skipper will point out during the Tara rafting and it is also one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the Tara canyon. During rafting tours, the guides often take the boat under the waterfall, which is a unique experience, and the whole crew gets wet "like from a shower."
At the point where the Sipcanica river flows into the Tara river, there is a sandy beach and a waterfall. In this fairytale place, you can stop and take photos in an unreal environment.
Walloping mountains Maglic and Volujak
Maglić, the highest peak of Bosnia and Herzegovina with its 2,386m, rises in the mystical mist from which it got its name (magla = fog). Maglić is a favorite destination of mountaineers, climbing, and adventure lovers. If you are also a fan of alpinism, the ascent to the magnificent Maglić is not to be missed. After several hours of hiking, climbing, and fatigue, you will be greeted by a view worth the mountain challenge - a truly spectacular view. The mountains of Zelengora, Volujak, Bioč, Durmitor from Trnova, and the heart-shaped lake Trnovacko are unforgettable images that you will remember forever.
The magnificent mountain Volujak is part of the Maglić-Volujak-Bioč massif and has always represented a border mountain - today between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro, and once between Turkey and the Austro-Hungarian monarchy.
As if in some kind of amphitheater, between the mountains Volujak, Maglic, and Bioc, the amazingly clean and clear Trnovačko lake is located.
The confluence of Piva and Tara
The joining of the Piva and Tara rivers forms the Drina river. This area of the confluence of Piva and Tara near Šćepan polje is the place where our Rafting Center Drina Tara camp is located and the point you will pass if you go on a rafting tour.
Rapids, the roaring, the pleasant noise of the river, and the color of the water, which in some places changes from bright blue to emerald, and even turquoise, into which the color of the green forest and blue sky flow, will make you forget all your worries and problems.
Did you know that Pivsko lake is a reservoir of drinking water? It is the largest artificial lake in Montenegro after Skadar lake, attractive for fishing, cruising, and quieter water sports. It is located in the municipality of Plužine, and it is of incredible beauty and offers the enjoyment of the view and heavenly peace.
Bajlovica sige waterfall hidden inside a cave
The spring of Bajlovica sige is a spring on the left bank of the Tara river, i.e. a waterfall that falls from a height of about 30 meters and is fed from a spring in a cave called Bucevica. The waterfall can only be seen when you go rafting down the Tara. Hundreds of liters per second flow out of it!
Through the canyon of Sušica to Žabljak, this is a tour not to be missed. This circular trip allows you to see everything - the highest peaks of the mountains, the Tara canyon, and the vast plateau. Given that the entire route is asphalted and its length is 84 km, you can opt for a Jeep safari, and if you are in good shape and plan to visit this area in the warmer months, you can also tour the Durmitor Ring by bicycle.
Viewpoints and breathtaking landscapes alternate and appear around every corner and at every step. Luxurious, wild, rugged, and full of colors, this is a tour that needs to be experienced, because there are no words to describe it.
The Sutjeska National Park in the municipality of Foča (BiH) is a rare pearl of the Balkans and the whole of Europe for its diversity of natural beauty, left to us as a legacy and which, if we preserve it with care and love, we will leave for some future generations. You can visit some of them from the land, by hiking and mountain climbing, and some from the water, during rafting. The most complete and most exciting way to see the Tara canyon is canyoning intended for those who are fearless and eager for adventure. Once you're there, it would be a shame to miss out on all these hidden treasures.