3 years ago I went rafting for the first time at the second largest canyon in the world. The Tara river is situated in a picturesque Balkan area in Republika Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina. I was kindly invited to stay at Rafting centre Drina Tara to spend 3 nights with my fellow bloggers and to try white water rafting for the first time. Read more about the experience and what to expect in the article below. Photo credit above: drumivdumi.com

Чети на български

Welcome to the rafting center

Rafting center Drina - Tara

We arrived at the rafting centre 12 hours later driving from Sofia. We were accommodated in a nice 4-bed bungalow, but there were also 3-bed and 2-bed bungalows. The camping centre was situated right next to the Drina river.

The camp zone was almost full
The wooden bungalows
Spring was here
Our toilets and bathrooms were outdoor but there was always hot water at our disposal. Breakfasts, dinners and suppers were served in the restaurant right next to the river. As you can see, this area is very green and waking up to this beautiful view was lovely.

The restaurant area was situated right next to the river
Our first morning started with lots of sun

On the first morning, we had a rich breakfast - homemade doughnuts, homemade ham, omelette, coffee and tea for breakfast. We were excited for the upcoming adventures that day.

The breakfast
We received our rafting equipment and we headed towards Brestanovica in Montenegro, where the rafting fun began.

With my fellow-bloggers

Rafting on the Tara river

We had a quick training which was mandatory and we were told to keep our foot tucked under the rope in the boat. This way we would avoid falling into the river. To be honest, I was worried in the beginning but shortly after I was enjoying the ride.

The fun began

Our experienced captain – a young Serbian called Djordje, was telling us what to do and how to row. We listened to his commands and everything went according to plan. We stopped at a very beautiful waterfall and even went under its splashes. Some of us had the choice to dive into the blue waters of the river, but it was too cold for me.

Rafting on the Tara river
Rafting on the Tara river, we passed by Montenegro on the left side and Bosnia and Herzegovina on the right side. The Tara river is a natural border between the two countries. The turquoise shades make the whole area a wonderful place.
Photo credit: drumivdumi.com
Photo credit: drumivdumi.com
The Tara river is 144 km long and it's famous for its perfect white rafting conditions. As I already mentioned, its waters were so clear that drinking directly from it is possible too.

After a while, we stopped for a rest
Our race was 25km long and we stopped for a rest in the middle of it. We took some photos of the waterfall and then we continued our sailing.

Between the trees
There was also a waterfall
My happy face and the beautiful Tara river in the background
It was time to go
After we came back, lunch was waiting for us
The final part of the rafting trace was calm and relaxed. We arrived at the rafting centre where we took a warm shower and had lunch.

Second day, new adventure

Jeep safari

On the second day, we could choose between a jeep safari, rafting and a visit to Sarajevo, the capital of BiH. We wanted to try something different, so we opted for the safari. Unfortunately, we had no luck with the weather that day. It was rainy and gloomy.
The foggy weather didn't allow us to enjoy the beautiful views
We visited the Prijevor mountain and the Sutjeska National park. We had a 3 km long hike where we were supposed to see some beautiful sights. And they indeed were.

The mountains are always amazing though
If you decide to go on this jeep safari, I would advice checking the weather conditions and the planned route in advance.

Winter was still here
We didn't stay long because our feet were wet and we were cold
We went back to the rafting camp wringing wet so our options were either to be annoyed all night long or to get drunk. 😀 Of course, we didn't want to be in a bad mood. The best thing about this place was that we met some interesting people from all over the world.

Luckily, the last day was sunny and we did enjoy some nice views before leaving the place
On the 3rd day, it was time to leave the rafting center. The highlight of this trip for me was the rafting of course. It was a wonderful experience and now I am eager to do it again soon.

If you are about to go on a rafting trip to the Tara canyon, I strongly recommend the following things:
- Bring some warm clothes as it gets quite chilly in the evenings.
- Inform yourself about the rafting and jeep safari in advance.
- Bring a raincoat. You may not use it but it could be very useful.
- Don’t worry if it's your first time rafting. 99% of the people here were new to it and we all had a lot of fun.

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  1. Хареса ми оптимизма ти за опознаване на нещо ново - рафтинга с неговите особенности . Прекрасни снимки и коментари.

  2. Hello Stanislava
    Wonderful post with beautiful photos!
    Thanks for sharing .Amazing landscape!

  3. Looks like great fun! Would have been interesting to see the inside of the little huts. And the views from the jeep safari are so beautiful!

    1. Thank you, Anouk. It was great fun indeed.

  4. First of all, welcome back, I have missed your posts! And wow, looks like it was an amazing experience, Many and I love the triangle shaped accommodations!

  5. Здравей Sany!

    I can imagine how a bit scary, but also so much fun rafting can be especially when you're with all your friends. It's so green and beautiful. The perfect escape from the online world.
    I'm glad you had a wonderful time. These nature photos are stunning.

    Приятен ден и много поздрави на България ❤


    1. Здравей, Ради!

      You are so right. This trip was so much fun thanks to the lovely people that were there with me. Thank you for your kind words!

      Мерси, имаш поздрави и ти! :)

  6. How cool S. I've always wanted to try this but scared we'll flip and I'll get stuck and drown!


    1. I was scared of this too, but everything went just fine. You just need to keep your feet stuck under the rope ;)

  7. You really go all out when it comes to doing something new don't you Sany ;p Rafting on the Tara river sure looks exciting and fun and wow that turquoise water sure looks gorgeous but I can see why you wouldn't want to choose to jump in. I wouldn't be tempted either. What a fun adventure! Thanks for sharing your experience with us. I've missed you dear friend. Thanks for your kind words.

    1. Haha, I'm trying, Rowena :) The turquoise water was something I couldn't believe my eyes... Thanks for your lovely comment!

  8. Hi Sany! I have never tried rafting, so looking at your photos and reading your opinion and expressions after your "first time" were really interesting for me. It sounds like you had great time there, what's more - the place couldn't be better - Tara river is really picturesque Balkan area and the water is so pure and turqoise! :)

  9. Oh, Tara river and surroundings are breathtaking! I've never did the rafting thing but who knows, maybe one day. I did visit the area though but when I was a child. It would be perfect to go there again and maybe I will soon ;) You did a great job, it's very infomative and I enjoyed it a lot. Looking forward to your future trips :)