The tear of Europe
Step into the unknown, into wild, where there are still prehistoric rules and rules of survival of the fittest.
If you seek for an adventure,we are ready to share this adventure with you, and together give ourselves a time to visit our local beauty, the Tara River, and enjoy in her charming and unique nature.
The adventure starts in Zabljak, under the famous bridge Djurdjevica Tara-its height we do not need to mention, just to say that if you look down from the bridge into the abyss, our boat looks like nut shell with a few ants in it.
You can go on raft or boats through 90% of the canyon. It is a three day adventure for everyone who wants to experience something new and unusual in your life by visiting this wonder of nature.
And with the first stroke of your oar on the boat, and with the first kilometer,you will have the opportunity to feel what we are talking about.
And in next three days, the amount of time needed for a relaxed journey through the canyon, you will experience many things, and in the three days we can promise you unreal scenes of beauty. This can only be changed to the adrenaline shocks when passing through the “foamy and boiling rapids”.
We will pass Lazo`s rock, the narrowest pass in the canyon. Legend says that a long time ago, a young man named Lazo from Durmitor mountain, jumped from the rock on the other side of the river on a bet, over the river (and the bet would not be so interesting if someone didn`t whisper to us that Lazo could not swim).
But when you visit Sige Bajlovica, you will be speechless and blinded by the beauty of thousands of caves that, in their century long symbiosis, have become covered with ancient moss, making a scene of unreal and unique beauty, leaving you with a lifetime impression that in one moment you have moved to some other time, to some other planet. All together, all the scenes and moments to enjoy, and maybe we are little boring with this „enjoy“, but that is how things are.
The most attractive is area which stretches from our camp Encijan to the place called ’Scepan polje’, the place where two rivers, Tara and Piva make river Drina. This area is known as ’a tear’ because of the large number of the rapids and where the clean water flows down the rocks.
Did you hear about Tara canyon?
The canyon is 149 km long with depths reaching 1300 m, and it is the deepest and sharpest canyon in Europe. The canyon is still a big mystery with over 80 registered caves, still not investigated enough.
The second deepest in the world after the Grand Canyon of Colorado, USA. This ‘tear of Europe’ as it is also called is a great natural and tourist attraction not only in the are but in the entire country. The Tara Canyon cuts through the park like a deadly blade- this is Europe’s deepest gorge.
An adventure is to step into the unknown, into the wild, where there are still prehistoric rules and rules of survival of the fittes.
The adventure starts in Zabljak, under the famous bridge Djurdjevica Tara. Djurdjevica Tara Bridge is a concrete arch bridge over the Tara River in northern Montenegro. It is located at the crossroads between Mojkovac, Zabljak and Pljevlja, between the villages of Budečevica and Trešnjica. Its height we do not need to mention, just to say that if you look down from the bridge into the abyss, boat looks like nut shell with a few ants in it.
With the first stroke of oar on the boat, and with the first kilometer, you will have the opportunity to feel what we are talking about. Lazo`s rock, the narrowest pass in the canyon – Legend says that a long time ago, a young man named Lazo from Durmitor mountain, jumped from the rock on the other side of the river on a bet, over the river (and the bet would not be so interesting if someone didn`t whisper to us that Lazo could not swim).
But when you visit Sige Bajlovica, you will be speechless and blinded by the beauty of thousands of caves that, in their century long symbiosis, have become covered with ancient moss, making a scene of unreal and unique beauty, leaving you with a lifetime impression that in one moment you have moved to some other time, to some other planet.
ScepanPolje, placed where Tara River and Piva River give birth to Drina River, is a place that is nearby to the ruins of Scepans town, from where Herzeg Scepan ruled in this region.
It is a God given place, a miniature paradise on earth, like it was made for rest and enjoyment.
Tara river rafting stages
In the upper part of the Canyon, starting point for rafting is „Splaviste“, located near the famous bridge on Tara River (Djurdjevica bridge), and near tourist center of Zabljak. From the initial rafting point rafting tours through a whole canyon of the river Tara, i.e. rafting tours in which you pass the entire navigable part of the river canyon on route from Zabljak to Scepan Polje. Depending on the water level and time period of the year in which we pass through the canyon, such tours always last two or three days and include overnight in one of the camps, which are located in the canyon, “Radovan Luka” or camp “Encijan”.
In the lower part of the canyon starting point for a rafting is Brštanovica. The location is situated fifteen kilometers upstream from the border crossing Šćepan Polje in the heart of the canyon, and where exactly is our camp Encijan. Due to attractiveness of the lower part of the canyon, and the largest concentration of cascades and rapids in this section, this section is the most popular rafting stage of the river Tara, in the summer season, several thousands of tourists, adventurers and all other lovers of water and nature pass the stage.
The attractiveness of the rafting stage, which is often called the “adrenaline stage“, as well as the complete credibility of the river Tara, were the main reasons why River Tara hosted the World Rafting Championships in 2009.
Rafting itself, never runs the same time and depends largely on the raft stage for which you choose, and of course the time period and the month, and the water level and speed of the river.
And really no rafting trip on the river Tara is the same, and every trip is a different story. A proof for this is the fact that most attractive stage of some 20 kilometers from Brštanovica to Šćepan Polje, we know in April or May pass in about 30-45 minutes, while in July and August trip along same stage takes about 3 or even 4 hours.
It up to you to decide when and which stages you want to go for a rafting and experience an extraordinary adventure…
The total lenght is 144 km (Montenegro 133 km, Bosnia and Herzegovina 40 km)
The depth reaches 1300 m in some part of the canyon
Famous monumental is 100 meter high bridge on Djurdjevica Tara
Foca (located in eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina); Zabljak( located in northern Montenegro); Niksic (located in the west of Montenegro); Sarajevo (located in central Bosnia and Herzegovina); Trebinje( located in southern Bosnia and Herzegovina); Podgorica (located in central Montenegro); Mostar (located in southern Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Sarajevo International Airport (B&H); Podgorica International Airport (MNE); Dubrovnik International Airport (CRO)
The canyon is protected
as a UNESCO World Heritage site
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Choose your ADVENTURE !
According to our many years experience in outdoor tourism, we are able to offer you more variants from our well designed arrangements (or packages) from one day and multiple days adventures tour in our country. Shell us, together with you, go into a little adventure and fearlessly stream our boats down the Tara and its boiling cascades…Or we go together with you with our backpacks to cruise along one of the most beautiful national parks in The Balkans…And maybe we’ll just get lazy together with you and enjoy the ethnic specialties of our cuisine…We have created programs which will exceed all your expectations! Whether you are an adrenaline junkie, nature lover, history buff or even foodie – do not worry, we have got you covered! Choose a program that fits your personality the best and live through an unforgettable experience!
It`s your choice
More popular attractions
Bosnia and Herzegovina, a heart shaped land, has a lot to offer when It comes to tourism. Spacious mountain views, emerald green lakes, beautiful landscape and picturesque towns. West and the East meet here, so you will learn a lot about cultures, traditions and people. Share what you have learned with your friends at Encijan’s campfire. When It comes to the tours that we organize, here are some destinations that we recommend you to visit:
Our Camp Encijan
Outdoor resort In the very heart of the Tara River Canyon, miles away from modern civilization and at the beginning of the most exciting rafting part of river, there is a place called Brstanovica and Camp Encijan on it, one of the most beautiful camps on Tara river and only one at the Bosnian side of river. Rafting Camp Encijan has a tradition of over 15 years and thousand of happy tourist per season…Here is one of the last remaining oases of tranquility and hedonism… One of the first camps ever built on the banks of Tara River…
Encijan Agency has the most advanced and high-quality raft equipment, in a capacity for 150 persons, which was produced by European standards and certified with CE certificates, and using such equipment in the realization rafting trips, safety and security is our top priority.
Our sister company „Sherpa’s “, deals with the production and distribution of equipment for all types of extreme sports under its own brand, including equipment for rafting.
Safety & Skippers
All skippers hired by agency Encijan have passed various international trainings and licensed and certified by the IRF(International Rafting Federation), and each of them has multiyear experience in their work and has encountered many trips down the Tara River and most of them consider rafting and adventure as satisfaction and their lifestyle, and then the job.