Kayak and Wild Camp in Croatia
Explore the Croatian wilderness, kayak the majestic Zrmanja River and camp on its banks
0 days off work
Up to 8 people
You need a reasonable level of fitness and an adventurous nature, but no previous experience
Kayak the turquoise waters and travel through the picture-perfect canyons of the spectacular Zrmanja River
Stop to play in waterfalls and freshwater pools and explore mysterious caves
Camp beside the water and spend the evening relaxing around the campfire
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— Taran, June 2022
Host was lovely , kayaking was a great experience and the views are stunning .
— Lauren, June 2022
Fantastic trip - incredible scenery with quite a variety each day. Camping was not exactly wild, but very enjoyable. Great guide, and a really fun group!
— Tom, May 2022
Had a great time, would book again
— Louise, May 2022
Stefan was amazing, really knowledgeable and friendly. The group we were with were good fun - lots of laughs for the whole trip. Really different kayaking experiences across the two days - the first day was kayaking down rapids and jumping in waterfalls and the second day was a more chilled sea kayaking day. Great trip away!!
— Ariana, May 2022
Absolutely loved the trip, met some great people, our guide (stefan) was really friendly and very knowledgeable about the river and surrounding nature. 100% would recommend. Although the camp sites do have facilities so not as wild camping as you may think!
— Anthony, September 2021
A great trip in a beautiful place. Our guide Stefan was knowledgable, interesting and very much cared for the well-being and enjoyment of the group. Particular highlights were crossing the Novi Zad sea, and the waterfall rapids.
— Valerie, September 2019
Igor our host made our kayaking adventure weekend a very enjoyable at all level. Also, all team (8) got on very well and we had great weather. It was just amazing and I will definitely go back for more...
— Alice, September 2019
So much fun - beautiful part of the world and a great way to see it! Our guide Andro was great fun. I will be coming back to Croatia!
— Kim, September 2019
Kayaking through beautiful scenery, and swimming next to waterfalls was great.
— Shelian, September 2019
Our guide Andro was such good company and looked after us superbly. Very well organised.
Professional, English-speaking guide
2 nights wilderness camping
Breakfast and dinner each day
To and from the airport and everything in-between
All your kayaking and camping equipment
Flights to and from the meeting point
Some meals as described
Zadar main bus station or Zadar Airport
17:30 or 18:00
Zadar main bus station or Zadar Airport
16:30 or 17:00
You can be met either in Zadar bus station at 17:30 or at the airport in Zadar at 18:00, though you may decide to arrive a day or two early to suit flights and explore more of Croatia (your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise the details). At the end, you will be dropped off at Zadar airport around 16:30 in time to catch flights that depart after 18:00, or at Zadar bus station at 17:00. Alternatively, leave a day or two later and explore some more of Croatia.
There are regular flights to Zadar from airports across the UK and Europe.
Wild camping · Twin share
Wild camping · Twin share
What is the food like?
Meals tend to be based around meats and sausages, bread and pastries and pasta and dumplings. If you have any special dietary needs, please let your host know when booking. Vegetarians, vegans and other dietary requirements and allergies can be catered for, but we do recommend that you bring some of your favourite protein snacks along with you. Please let your host know of your dietary requirements by requesting it on your passenger info form.
What is the accommodation like?
You'll stay in two wild and beautiful locations beside the river. On night 1 you'll stay near the lovely village of Kaštel Žegarski and on night 2 you'll stay next to one of the Zrmanja river’s waterfalls - perfect for swimming, diving and relaxing. On night 1 there are only basic facilities, however, showers are available on night 2. Your host will provide a tent and sleeping mat as well as all communal equipment for cooking and eating. Solo travellers get their own tent at no additional cost.
If you would like to arrive early or depart late, your host recommends staying in Zadar at the Hostel Forum.
Meet your host in Zadar and drive to the small village of Kastel Zegarski. Set up camp, relax and enjoy a BBQ dinner around the campfire with the rest of your team.
Kayak the Zrmanja River
Spend the day paddling, swimming, jumping off waterfalls and enjoying the wilderness as you follow a particularly scenic section of the beautiful Zrmanja River. Take a short hike to an 8m high waterfall for a picnic lunch and a refreshing swim, then return to the river and negotiate some class II and III rapids while floating through limestone canyons and past lush, green vegetation. Camp near one of the Zrmanja's biggest waterfalls and enjoy a traditional meal around the campfire.
Reach the Adriatic and then head home
Continue your expedition down the Zrmanja River to the Adriatic Sea via a deep and spectacular canyon in the Velebit Nature Park. Finish in Novigrad where you'll have time to change into dry clothes and relax over lunch before heading back to the airport in time for your flight home.
15% Off Outdoor Gear
- All your camping and kayaking equipment
What do I need to bring?
- Lightweight easily washable items for travel and daily wear
- Sun hat with brim and sunglasses
- Thin trousers and long sleeve for the evenings (just in case)
- Lightweight rain jacket (waterproof and breathable)
- Water shoes or other sport shoes that you don’t mind getting wet
- Sleeping bag
- Pillow (if wanted)
- Water bottle or hydration pack
- Sun block and lip balm
- Personal first aid kit (including any medications you use)
- Small backpack
- Dry bag (if wanted)
- Camera, film/memory cards and spare batteries
Sleeping bag hire: 2 nights
Payable Before Departure
Sleeping bag hire: 2 nights
We've crunched the numbers to work out the total carbon footprint of this trip, and plant enough trees to suck 2x as much back out the atmosphere.
What's the number?
It works out on average at 42kg of CO2 emissions per person, including all local transport, accommodation, food, activities, guides, staff and office operations.
The only thing it doesn’t include right now is flights and travel to the destination. We do make an overall estimate across all our customers separately, but as we don’t book flights, have customers from all corners of the world, and no way of reliably knowing their travel plans, we simply can’t include an individual number in the figure on display here. We’ve got a goal for 2022 to fix that, so that when you book, there is a way to measure and mitigate the carbon emitted by your flight too.
But what does the number mean?
Yep, hard to picture eh? To give you an idea:
- Driving 1000miles/1609km would be approx. 281kg of CO2 in an average car (or 140.5kg per person if there was 2 of you in it).
- A return economy class flight London - New York would be approx. 1,619kg (1.66 tonnes) per person.
- 10 trees in a temperate forest are estimated to remove approx. 250kg of CO2 from the air in a period of 5-10 years.
What are we doing about it?
Our trips are relatively low-carbon by design, and we're working with all our hosts to develop long term carbon reduction plans. For every person booked with us since 2016 we’re planting enough trees to suck at least 2x more carbon out the atmosphere than is emitted by their trips. All native trees, as part of amazing projects that are re-foresting degraded land, tackling the biodiversity crisis and supporting local communities at the same time. We go further than that too, also funding re-wilding projects worldwide to help protect important keystone species from extinction. See the reforestation and re-wilding schemes we support. See our carbon action plan.
Want to know more?
Amazingly, no international travel company has ever publicly published their carbon measurements before, as far as we know. We believe that must change, quickly. So we’re openly sharing the method we used in the hope that other companies will be able to more easily follow suit and build on what we've done so far. You'll find it all here.
You need to have a reasonable level of fitness and an adventurous nature for this trip, but no previous experience is required.
Sure can! Over 50% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.
On the Dalmatian coast, the weather is a little warmer and drier than in Zagreb. Spring and autumn temperatures range from 9 – 21 °C with roughly 10 days of rain per month. Summer temperatures range from 16 – 30 °C with just 6 days of rain each month.
Yes, anything that you don't need for the trip itself can be kept securely ready to pick up at the finish line.
Our recommended travel insurance provider is Campbell Irvine.
Travel insurance is compulsory on all of our adventures. Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure.
Your insurance policy should also include specific Covid-19 cover, including cancellation and curtailment cover if you, your travel companion or a close relative are diagnosed with Covid-19.
We fully endorse Campbell Irvine as their insurance offers all of the above, so get in touch with them or call on 020 7938 1734 to get your insurance sorted. We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book your adventure, just to cover you for any last minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!
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All of our group adventures are specially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded. Children can be accommodated on some private departures.
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