Rafting in Montenegro

Take on the whitewater of one of Europe’s deepest gorges as you drift through the Dinaric Alps.

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Cascading meltwaters, bouncing rapids and deep, carved-out canyons make this country a little-known rafting hot-spot.

Venture out towards National Park Plokletije in the southern-most part of the Dinaric Alps to explore the picturesque but lesser-travelled Lim River for an adrenaline-fuelled ride on Class III-IV rapids.

Alternatively, take to the waters in Durmitor National Park and raft the mighty Tara River Canyon; the second deepest canyon in the world. Paddle over underground aquifers and past mountain ponds to catch a glimpse of rare plants, birds and mammals.

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Tara River Canyon

At the heart of Durmitor National Park lies the UNESCO-protected Tara River Canyon. It is 82km in length and has a depth of 1,300m and is the deepest and longest canyon in Europe, and the second deepest in the world. The clear waters of the thunderous Tara River tower between limestone cliffs making for unrivalled rafting.

Riding the Class III rapids is the best way to see the canyon, as it’s sheer size makes viewing difficult otherwise. A popular one-day route is from Brstnovica to Šćepan Polje. This thrilling 18km stretch has the biggest drop in elevation in the shortest time and features 21 of the river Tara’s 50 rapids. Pass waterfalls and caves whilst you spot otters, eagles and wildcats in their natural habitat.

The chilly Tara River is best rafted from April-October, when the snow has melted and the water levels are manageable. Reach Durmitor by flying to Dubrovnik in neighbouring Croatia, and the rafting does not require any previous experience.

The Lim River

The Lim River is more challenging than the Tara River Canyon but with fewer crowds, the exciting Lim River will see you bouncing over Class III-IV rapids.

Running close to the foot of the Plokletije mountain range, the 220km Lim River flows through Montenegro, Albania, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. From Montenegro, most expeditions begin from the small town of Plav, a 140km drive from Podgorica.

Starting from Plav Lake, you’ll navigate emerald waters through the stunning surrounding valleys. Some operators offer half day tours, taking you on the fast-paced and thrilling 3.5-hour section from Plav to Murino. Pass through 50-metre-high rock formations jutting out of narrow creeks.

For those wanting more, multi-day adventures are available, taking you further up the Lim towards the bustling town of Berane and beyond. Rafting the Lim suitable for all abilities.

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