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Tara River Rafting


We set off to explore the Tara River just before sun rise. A 3 hour drive from Bar in Montenegro, but don’t let that put you off as it’s worth every moment. The route was actually very straight forward thanks to Montenegro having only a few main roads.

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As we caught our first glimpses of the Tara River, we pulled over into a lay by, got out of the car, and just stood in awe. One of the lovely things about the Tara Canyon compared to the Grand Canyon is the fact it’s not busy. Nobody else was there to spoil our moment. It’s just you pretty much alone with your own thoughts as you gaze out. For me that’s what instantly make this my favourite.

Tara-Canyon-Montenegro Tara-CanyonAll I can say is welcome to the beautiful Tara Canyon, home to the exciting, wild and untameable Tara river.

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The Tara Canyon is one of the main reasons we came to explore Montenegro. The ‘tear of Europe’ takes a proud second place on the world list when it comes to size, directly behind the Grand Canyon. The Tara River’s cascading waters cut a deep path, winding through the mountains, boasting rich sapphire colours with over 50 water rapids ready to take you on the ride of your life!

The Tara is a 3 – 5 volume level on the international scale of river categorization. This means that the Tara water level varies depending on the season. As we visited in late September, the high waters from Spring had already gone, to give us a more gentle but still wild ride.

We booked our Tara River Rafting tour with TaraSport who provided a truly unforgettable experience. Located just across the Montenegrin border in Bosnia and Herzegovina is actually right where you want to be to glimpse the most attractive parts of the Tara River.

As soon as we arrived, Igor and his team couldn’t do enough for us – a very friendly atmosphere to welcome a full day of rafting! Very excited to get out on the water 😀

On go the neoprene suits, boots, protective vests and helmets!

We met up shortly after getting into our gear with a fellow Brit and an Australian who were to be joining us on our first river rapid adventure. This rafting tour is actually within the last 25km of the Tara River, known for its outstanding beauty.

And the Rafting begins! Well, just a 30 min drive to Brštanovica first. After the included 4×4 off-road experience to get there, a few safety briefings later and off we go!

The Beautiful, Tara River.

I will let the photos speak for themselves..

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Tarasport River Rafting Montenegro

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Tara River Rafting Montenegro

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Tara River Rafting Video!

Did I mention TaraSport record the whole trip on GroPro’s for you? How Awesome right?

The Rapids are CRAZY but we loved them! Yeeehewww!

If all of that still isn’t enough for you, remember to watch out for bears, wolves, wild boar, chamois, deer, fox, Golden eagles, big grouse & rabbits that all live within the surrounding forests. You can also discover trout, grayling, huchen and carp in Tara’s water. When you read this online or from a guide-book, you never really expect to ever see anything but to our great surprise we were lucky enough to have a mother brown bear climb up the mountain right in front of us, with 2 bear cubs following behind 😀

As you can probably tell, we had an amazing experience – what a hidden treasure! Both of us had no white water rafting experience (not unless you call kayaking around a lake any help?!), but we’ve never felt safer on the water and now thoroughly recommend giving river rafting a go.

Tara Canyon Waterfall

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Tara Canyon Montenegro

For more information check out the TaraSport website – www.tarasportrafting.com –  and they have heaps of awesome pics over on their Facebook Page too!

 

**PLEASE NOTE – we received a complimentary Tara River Rafting day courtesy of the awesome guys at TaraSport, but rest assure all opinions are honest and our own**

Article written by Adam Boston

Discover the most inspiring travel stories, must do adventures, and photography of the world seen through the eyes of Adam. Uncovering what the world has to offer, from one country to another.

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  • Katie

    Commented on 08/10/2014 at 17:33

    The water is so gorgeous!! I love white water rafting too. 🙂
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    • Adam Boston

      Commented on 09/10/2014 at 07:49

      Hi Katie, you should definitely give the Tara River a go 🙂

      The water was moving pretty quick for September. In Spring, the water level is crazy high and the water moves 4 times as quick as we were! A 2 – 3 hour rafting tour, can take around 30 mins it’s that fast!

      The Tara Canyon is now one of my favourites, with the rapids, crystal clear water and beautiful scenery, this really is one not to miss 🙂

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  • Kate

    Commented on 09/10/2014 at 13:36

    WOW. Just. Wow. I need to add this to my bucket list right now!!
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    • Adam Boston

      Commented on 09/10/2014 at 14:02

      Hi Kate, as impressive as our photographs look, it’s even more mesmerizing being there! The good news for you, it’s only a 2 hour flight from Germany.. so no excuses 🙂

      The Kamp Divlja Rijeka (where Tarasport is located) have these really cool wood cabins to stay in along with a camp fire right by the bar – sounds perfect right? 😀

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  • Catherine

    Commented on 10/10/2014 at 22:42

    This place looks so beautiful! Great that you got to experience the views from the actual water too, and can’t believe you got to see a bear!
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    • Adam Boston

      Commented on 17/10/2014 at 10:05

      The bears were the icing on top of a perfect day. The great thing about Montenegro is as the roads are so quiet, we stopped by the side of the road and just watched them pass by in front of us. We were definitely more mesmerized than scared!
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  • Alex, Speaking Denglish

    Commented on 11/10/2014 at 18:12

    I adore rafting and on a river that beautiful?? Double whammy!
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    • Adam Boston

      Commented on 13/10/2014 at 10:05

      I know – how awesome! Photos don’t do this place the justice it deserves. Love it! 🙂

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  • Sarah

    Commented on 16/10/2014 at 10:48

    I wasn’t sure if I’d add rafting in the Tara river to my itinerary. Looks like I missed out! Next time!

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  • Larry

    Commented on 30/11/2014 at 20:44

    I’ve been hearing tonnes of stuff about Montenegro lately, and this just boosts its position on my Europe bucket list even more … awesome!

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    • Adam Boston

      Commented on 21/01/2015 at 12:19

      Well worth the visit Larry. We will be back again one day.. it’s one of those special places that has something just as rewarding around each corner.

      As for the Tara River and the Rafting – this is something you simply cannot miss out on!
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  • Susie

    Commented on 09/02/2015 at 19:10

    I was always scared about river rafting but you guys make it look soooo appealing. Love the pictures!
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  • Trindade

    Commented on 21/06/2016 at 20:40

    what a fantastic place!

    the pictures are of excellent quality, congratulations, only they already speak everywhere!

    I do not know if you have the courage to do what they did in the video, haha 🙂

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