Skakavac Waterfall – Outstanding Beauty in Sarajevo

Skakavac Waterfall is located 12 km north of Sarajevo, above the village Nahorevo. This is one of the biggest and most beautiful waterfalls in Bosnia and Herzegovina and a true tourist attraction.

The waterfall is 98 meters high and is located in a landscape of extraordinary beauty. The water flow of Skakavac Waterfall is not really giant, but because of its towering height of 98 meters it splits into smaller waterfalls, drops and water sprays, which makes a water spray and is the reason of the most beautiful, and highest waterfalls in the country.

The surrounding area is one of the most heterogenic in the area, dominated by spruce-fir forests and beech-fir forest, with spruce on severe slopes. On shallow carbon grounds in the vicinity of the waterfall, there are termofil forests and underbrushes of eastern hornbeam and autumn locust as well as eastern hornbeam and manna ash. Especially interesting is the vegetation on the rocks around the waterfall, which is rich in endemic species.

Skakavac Waterfall ViewWaterfall Skakavac, in many ways is remarkable, as it is one of the most attractive tourist motives in the vicinity of Sarajevo. Skakavac has an exceptional value and rarity, and very important environment. Skakavac Waterfall falls into the category of one of the most beautiful natural attractions in and around Sarajevo.

Reaching the waterfall is easiest with car, driving to Nahorevo or with a van for hire up to Sutjeska Street. You have to continue on foot from there (about 7 km) using the well marked paths and you can choose whether to come above or down under the waterfall. Down the path you will see many places with tables and benches ideal for picnics. The paths of Skakavac are famous and beloved by mountain bikers, as well as those wanting an easy walk and rest in nature. Skakavac Waterfall is enlisted in the worlds BASE JUMP locations, under the name Gogo Base jump Skakavac.
A day spent in nature, surrounded with spruce-fir and beech-fir forests, where you can hear only the song of birds and the roar of the water, will make you enjoy the scene and you will find yourself wanting to come back soon. And, of course, respect this beauty and don’t litter you so that this beautiful nature can keep its beauty and be an inspirations for guests to follow.

 

Take a closer look:

Skakavac Waterfall

 

Buško Lake often called Buško blato (blato means mud) is a natural continuation of Livno’s field. It is located in Bosnia and Herzegovina at 716 m above sea level. The surface area of Buško Lake is the largest artificial lake – reservoir in Europe. Up until the 1970 the area of Buško Lake was farmlands and was converted into an accumulation lake. Before the lake was created the surrounding river wells released water into the fields and left the lowest levels drenched – hence Buško Mud (Blato). The artificial reservoir was formed to create energy for the Dalmatian coast. The maximum amount of water is 800 million cubic meters and the largest depth is 15 meters.

Buško Lake before 1970
Buško Lake before 1970

Buško Lake consists of a rich and wide assortment of fish (carp, trout, carp, chub, catfish). The interesting history of this region left numerous archaeological sites, numerous ruins to ancient times, many artifacts and necropolis with a large number of stečci. In addition to historical attractions the area offers the opportunity to practice almost all sports, particularly water sports. In the summer the water of the lake is very warm and pleasant for swimming. The lake is also suitable for all sports that need wind. The hills and mountains surrounding the lake offer hikers amazing climbing holidays and sights in the mountain lodges.
Apart from the above mentioned, the lake is very attractive for fishermen and attracts a great deal of professionals. The area of today’s lake before the construction of the water dams was made up of meadows and pastures, which provided hay for livestock, while arable land was closer to the settlements which was cultivated for a variety of grains and vegetables. During the big autumn and winter rains the field was largely flooded in winter and frozen. When the ice would melt with the coming of spring so much mud would appear in this area and the field got its name Buško Mud.

 

Check out the scenery of Buško Lake: