Kayak and Wildcamp in Croatia
Spend a weekend in the Croatian wilderness kayaking the majestic Zrmanja River and camping on its banks.
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
Meals as described
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dates & Prices
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