Rafting on the Tara River
The Tara River has its source in Montenegro, goes north to be on the border with Bosnia, then it joins the Drina and finally the Danube in Serbia, to then flow into the Black Sea 3000 km further. The Tara Canyon is the deepest in Europe, with 1300 meters at its deepest and about 80 km long. It has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with Durmitor National Park as its natural heritage. It does not cross any road for about 50 km, which allows it to remain wild, and it is not uncommon to be able to come across bears or wolves in certain seasons.
Rafting on Tara is the best way to discover the deepest canyon in Europe, and for complete immersion, I suggest a night in a wooden cabin by the river and the rafting descent the next day. It is my favorite place in the country, a place to recharge your batteries, admire the fireflies on certain summer evenings, listen to the sound of running water, and share a good time with my friends.
The rafting camp Modra Rijeka is a very nice place. It is by boat that we go there at the end of the day, the host welcomes us with a small welcome drink, according to custom in the Balkans, either a plum, grape or apple depending on what is left. Once installed in the wooden chalets by the river, we will relax around a large wood fire because the evenings can be cool at the edge of the water and even if we are less than 500 meters above sea level. The place is heavenly.
The dinner is hearty with lamb and many regional specialties, smoked meat, cheese, grilled peppers, kajmak, pita, proja, salad, and of course a small dessert.
After a comfortable night and a hearty breakfast, we prepare for a beautiful day in the Tara Canyon. The descent, not very sporty, has some nice eddies in store for us or calmer sections allow us to jump and swim and enjoy the landscape. In the spring, the descent is much sportier, with the snow melting.
The descent ends at the border with Bosnia, and we find ourselves sharing the last meal in this unforgettable setting. And it is always with great pleasure that we meet Jana in her kayak who can introduce you to descent in white water if you wish to stay a few more days!
From May to October, its 150 km long is now frequented by a flotilla of chick yellow tires. On board each, a dozen passengers are under high protection: neoprene suits, life jackets, and helmets provided by the agencies. In its corridors lined with walls that can reach more than 1,000 m high, the water remains chilly 365 days a year! Most departures are under the Tara Bridge or at Splaviste or Brstanovica. These excursions are intended for a wide audience, with no experience level required.