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Kayak and Wildcamp in Croatia

Spend a weekend in the Croatian wilderness kayaking the majestic Zrmanja River and camping on its banks.

Location

Croatia

Fly To

Zemunik Airport

Perfect for

This trip is designed for those seeking a weekend of remote outdoor adventure in a wild setting. You'll need reasonable fitness to enjoy the trip, but no previous kayaking experience is necessary.

Difficulty

Moderate

Immerse yourself in the spectacular beauty of the Zrmanja River on this epic long weekend in Croatia. Kayak turquoise waters through rugged canyons, stopping to play in waterfalls and pools on the way. At night you'll camp next to the river and relax around a campfire. Your hassle-free trip includes:

  • 2 nights wilderness camping
  • 3 days of kayaking and adventure on the Zrmanja River
  • Airport transfers and transport
  • Most meals (details below)
  • All necessary kayaking equipment
  • Camping tent and sleeping mat (not sleeping bag)
  • Professional, experienced, English-speaking guide
  • Local taxes

What's Included

Accommodation

Airport Transfers

Equipment

Guide

Local transport

Meals as described

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival

Your host will meet you at the airport or bus station in Zadar and drive you to the small village of Kastel Zegorski. There you’ll set up camp and enjoy a BBQ dinner around the campfire.

Day 2: Zrmanja River kayaking

Today will be spent paddling, swimming, jumping off waterfalls and enjoying the wild.

After breakfast you’ll put into the river and kayak along a flat, scenic section of the river. Around midday you’ll take a short walk to an 8m high waterfall for a picnic lunch and a refreshing swim.

Back at the river you’ll kayak through a slightly more challenging section. Negotiate class II and III rapids while floating through limestone canyons and lush, green vegetation.

That night you’ll camp near one of Zrmanja's bigger waterfalls and enjoy a traditional meal around the campfire.

4 - 5 hours kayaking

Day 3: Zrmanja River kayaking and departure

This morning after breakfast you'll continue your kayaking expedition down the Zrmanja River all the way to the Adriatic Sea. The journey meanders through a spectacular deep canyon within the Velebit Nature Park.

After this long but beautiful and challenging day on the river, you'll finish up in Novigrad where you have time to change into dry clothes and relax while having lunch before heading home.

4 - 5 hours kayaking

Please note: This itinerary is subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather, water levels, etc. Your host will do their utmost to ensure the best possible experience for you without compromising safety. Raft might be used instead of kayaks if water levels are high.

Please Note

All our adventures take place in wild places. Things can go wrong in wild places. Your perfectly planned itinerary may change a bit (or a lot) if the weather turns, someone gets hurt, or a volcano erupts. Usually though, changes make it all the better.

Accommodation

You will be staying at a wildcamping spot in Kaštel Žegarski on the first night, and in a camp next to one of Zrmanja river’s waterfalls on the second - a perfect place for swimming, diving and relaxing in the beautiful surroundings of this wild canyon.

You will be camping in the wilderness, with very basic facilities. The first night is a wild camping spot - there are toilets, but no showers. The second night there are toilets and showers available.

Your host will provide a tent and sleeping mat, and all communal equipment for cooking and eating.

Location

Zadar is an atmospheric city on the northern coast. Sights include a charming Old Town, a Roman forum, and many churches. There’s also a “Sea Organ”, an art installation that consists of 35 pipes played by the ocean’s waves.

The Zrmanja River flows from the mountains to the Dalmatian Coast. The water has carved dramatic canyons through the karst landscape, forming green pools and enormous waterfalls backed by fantastical limestone rock formations.

Meeting Point

Start Point

Zadar main bus station, 17:30 or Zadar airport, 18:00
You can be met either in Zadar bus station at 17:30 or at the airport in Zadar at 18:00.

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 details.

Finish Point

Zadar airport, 16:30 or Zadar bus station, 17:00

You will be dropped at Zadar airport around 16:30, in time to catch flights that depart after 18:00, or at Zadar bus station at 17:00.

You may decide to leave a day or two later to explore more of Croatia. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are not included in the tour price:

  • Flights to/from Croatia
  • Accommodation before or after the trip
  • Travel insurance that covers kayaking
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for your guides (optional)
  • Lunches (you may bring your own, or the host can we can provide optional picnic lunch on Day 2 and Day 3 (50 Kuna per person)

Sure can! A lot of people do, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

This trip will run with a minimum of 2 people, and a maximum of 16. Please note, if there are not 2 people booked the trip may be rearranged or cancelled.

Yes, if you are going to have more bags with you or anything that you don't need for the trip itself, this will be kept securely for you to pick up on the finish line at the end of the trip.

Meals tend to be fairly heavy on the meats and sausages, bread and pastries, pasta and dumplings. If you have special dietary needs, please mention it on booking. Vegetarian diets can be accommodated but we recommend that you bring along with you some of your favorite protein snacks.

You need to have a reasonable level of fitness and an adventurous nature for this trip, but no previous experience is required.

Down on the Dalmatian coast the weather is a little warmer and drier than in Zagreb. Spring and fall 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 per month.

This gear list has been created to help you in packing for the trip. Try to bring only what is necessary, this will help you and the guides.

Clothing:

  • Few lightweight, casual, easily washable items for travel and daily wear

  • Swimwear

  • Sun hat with brim

  • Thin trousers and long sleeve for the evenings (just in case)

Outerwear:

  • Lightweight rain jacket, waterproof and breathable

Footwear:

  • Water shoes or other sport hoes you don’t mind getting wet

Travel Accessories:

  • Sleeping bag

  • Water bottle or hydration pack

  • Sunglasses

  • Sun block and lip balm

  • Personal first aid kit (including any medications you use)

  • Small back pack

  • Dry bag (if wanted)

Optional Accessories:

  • Camera, film/memory cards and spare batteries

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