In this post we bring you a story about one of the longest rivers of the Balkans – the river Tara. The canyon of the Tara river is a unique phenomenon with a depth of 1000 and 1300 meters in some places. It ranks just behind the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River in the United States. It is the longest river of Montenegro with its course of 150 km and at the rivers end with a small part of it flowing through Bosnia & Herzegovina. Tara later flows into the Drina river.
During its whole flow the Tara river gets large amount of water from numerous springs and tributaries. On the left side Tara has tributaries Ljutica and Sušica and the most important tributaries are Vaskovaška River and River Draga. The most important spring is spring of River Bajlovica, which is located on the left side of the River Tara in the cave Bučavica. It yields several hundred liters of water per second and it falls to Tara River from 30 meter during its length of 150 metres. This is the scene which is hard to imagine and needs to be experienced. The Tara River has a lot of special places, but the most valuable ones are its cascades. The most famous ones are: Djavolje laži (Devil’s lies), Sokovina, Bijeli kamen (White stone), Gornji and Donji tepački Buk (Upper and Lower Tepački cascade).
Rafting on the Tara River
Aside from different activities such as fishing or hiking, the Tara River offers most one of the most challenging rafting adventures in Europe. It is rated on the scale from 3-5 as it attracts great numbers of adrenaline junkies. Rafting agencies have developed several starting points and routes for rafting experience. Most of them start from Foča. These agencies offer full package for one or more days, which includes equipment, a skipper, breakfast, lunch, etc.
In the valleys of Tara certain species from the ice age can be found. Beside these special species the flora of the Tara River is characterized by different types of forests: oak, ash, beech and birch.