Rafting through the Tara River is incredible experience for adventurers and nature lovers. The Tara canyon, protected as UNESCO World Heritage Site is the deepest and longest in Europe with up to 1.3km depth and 78km length. There are rocky and pebbly terraces, sandy beaches, high cliffs, and more than 80 large caves along the canyon. The Tara River is the biggest European supply of drinking water. As you go rafting down its rapids you can drink it!
Rafting season on Tara starts on the 1st of May and runs till October. We’ve been asked very often: WHEN IS THE MOST ATTRACTIVE PERIOD FOR TARA RAFTING? The answer is ALWAYS!
May and early June are defined by higher water flows and attract the more adventuresome groups. While still offering a variety of whitewater options that promise a perfect trip for all levels of interest and experience, these months offer a bit more adventure due to its higher water levels.
In July, August and September water levels typically drop and conditions become perfect for younger families and multi-generational groups. The Tara River is constantly changing in character as the season progresses, yet it always delivers on the promise of providing an incredible adventure. In late summer some of the rapids are disappearing, but new and ones are arising that were not visible before and that makes Tara River always amazingly interesting. We often say that you can never flow on the same river twice.
Air temperature reaches 30C during summer days while at night is always cozily fresh and it goes down below 15C. Water temperature ranges from 7- 8C to maximum 11-12C in summer time but with good quality neoprene suites and boots many people enjoy swimming.
Tara River, the longest river of Montenegro (144 km) is navigable for rafts for almost 90 kilometers. The Tara Canyon could be divided into two parts and there are two starting points of rafting:
Upper part – starting point is Šlivansko (Splaviste), nearby Zabljak. As part of this area belongs to the National Park Durmitor, special rafting fee increases significantly price of rafting programs comparing to the ones in lower part of the Canyon. We organize following programs from this point:
In the lower part of the Tara River – starting point is Brstanovica, close to small village Scepan Polje. This is the most attractive part for rafting, often called “adrenaline” where the World Rafting Championship was held in 2009. Tara River hides majority rapids in this 18km long part with 21 bigger rapids and the nicest waterfall. The rafting fee is significantly lower than in the upper part which reflects on lower price for rafting programs making it the most affordable and popular area for activities. The most popular programs are: