Tara Canyon Rafting Trips
Raft one of Europe's deepest canyons on the spectacular Tara River !
1 day tour includes 18 kms rafting, 22 rapids, waterfall swimming* and lunch
2 day tour includes rafting the Durmitor National Park wilderness section of the canyon
3 day tour rafts the whole navigable length of the river with overnight camping
Season starts late April through to end of September annually
Minimum age limit 18 years – April / May / June, 12 years July / 8 years Aug / Sept
Please note water levels are higher and faster in spring time for a more adrenalin packed activity while lower, calmer river levels make this a less active, but more family-suited experience by August / September. See below for itineraries.
* depending on water levels
Two Days and One Overnight Rafting Tour
Start Point : Zabljak, Durmitor National Park
End Point : Scepan Polje (return transfers to Zabljak available - ask for rates)
Duration : 2 days
This exciting descent of the Tara river travels through the most remote part of the canyon - a 40km wilderness stretch where the canyon sides are so steep that the only way in or out is by raft ! You will start from the mountain town of Zabljak with a jeep transfer into the deepest part of the Canyon to Radovan Luka*. Here your rafts will be waiting for the first part of the adventure. The first day is the longest with a minimum of 6 hours on the river (longer when the river levels are lower). Stop along the way for lunch on the river banks and enjoy the sublime tranquility of this spectacular canyon.
Season : This trip can be done from early May through until early September.
Prices : Contact us for a quote / prices depend on a minimum number of people.
Includes : Jeep transfer from Zabljak to start point, picnic lunch on Day 1, rafting and river taxes, National Park Permit for the wilderness section of the Tara canyon, all equipment, evening meal and overnight in shared cabin accommodation at the rafting camp, breakfast on Day, continued descent of the river by raft, jeep transfer back to the rafting camp, lunch after the tour ends. Luggage will be transported to the rafting camp for you.
One Day Tara Rafting - 18kms (Self-drive to Tara Canyon)
Start / Finish Point : Scepan Polje, Northern Montenegro
Duration : Approx 5 hours including lunch, kitting up, briefing, rafting tour.
Enjoy the adventure on Montenegro's lower Tara section, rafting from Brstanovica to Scepan Polje. Your base for the day is a rafting camp located on one of the most beautiful parts of the Tara, with space to relax and chill out in fabulous natural surroundings. Your guides will welcome you at the rafting base camp and you will get kitted up for the tour. The transfer from camp by jeep to the rafting start point is a 20 min drive. Once you reach the put-in point your guide will brief you on safety on the river and in the raft. The total time on spent on the river is around 2 and a half hours (depending on the season and river flow) and this includes a stop to swim in the waterfalls (depending on river conditions). At the end of the river descent jeeps will wait to bring you back to camp (20 mins drive) to change into your dry clothes and enjoy a traditional, home cooked lunch.
Season : Mid April until end of September. Contact Us for season starting and closing dates.
Prices : EUR 60 per adult (16 years or over), EUR 50 per child. Price includes rafting trip, all equipment, lunch, regional park & river taxes and local insurance, plus full self-drive directions from your holiday location and 24 hour English speaking contact.
For all rafting tours please ensure you have :
swimwear and towel
warm clothes for after rafting (even in mid-summer - it can get cold in this region !)
passport (the rafting takes place close to the Bosnian border. You will not cross into Bosnia but may need to show ID when passing the Montenegrin exit border to reach the rafting camp)
General Conditions - PLEASE READ CAREFULLY WHEN BOOKING :
White water and river rafting is an exciting activity and the Tara Canyon is spectacular. However, this activity also carries inherent risks and anyone booking a rafting trip via Black Mountain must understand the possible risks of this activity. Every precaution is taken to ensure your enjoyment and safety, however in taking your booking we assume you are fit and in good health, with no obvious physical injuries or pre-existing medical conditions which could jeopardise your safety or that of your raft companions and guide. Please ask us at Black Mountain at the time of booking in case you have any concerns in this respect. Life jackets and safety helmets are compulsory and you will be required to wear your safety helmet securely fastened at all times when on the raft. Your life jacket must likewise be securely fastened at all times. Failure to comply means you are not able to raft and no refunds will be given. This is for your safety and the safety of others. Please listen carefully to your guide’s safety briefing and ask if you are not clear about anything. If you are not happy with any aspect of your trip please contact us right away or ask your guide or driver who can also put you into contact with us at Black Mountain. We recommend that you are able to swim 50 metres unaided and are reasonably confident in water if you wish to raft. By booking your rafting tour with Black Mountain we assume you have read and agree with the conditions laid out above and declare yourself fit to participate in rafting the Tara Canyon. If you incur any injuries / illness between the time of booking and the time of the activity taking place please let us know of any concerns.
YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO RAFT IF YOU SUFFER FROM EXTREME ASTHMA, CARDIO/RESPIRATORY DISORDERS, HYPERTENSION, BACK PROBLEMS OR ANY OTHER MEDICAL CONDITION WHICH WOULD NORMALLY PRECLUDE YOU FROM PARTICIPATING IN ACTIVE SPORTS. WE DO NOT ADVISE RAFTING IF YOU ARE PREGNANT.
HAVE A GREAT TIME !
* For the 2 day tour it is not always possible to start from Radovan Luka depending on water levels and National Park permissions. In this case we can offer a 2 day tour starting higher up the river at Splaviste in early season, or in later season this would be a 3 day tour when the water levels are lower.