Tara River Canyon - Highlander Rafting Camp

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  • Putujem kanjonom Tare o čijim se prirodnim ljepotama dosta čulo, ali ne i o njenim legendama. I samo ime Tara podstiče na razmišljanje: je li to ono isto ime istočnjačke boginje, Budine nebeske supruge, ili neke druge boginje ljepote? Ispričaćemo tri priče iz kanjona... 

  • Did you know that Durmitor comes from the Celtic words "dru mi tore, " meaning "mountain full of water"? Believe it or not, but on the Durmitor massif, there are as many as 18 glacial lakes.

  • Rafting and spending time outdoors requires shoes and clothing that is comfortable, if necessary, warm and layered, so you feel comfortable at any time. In the following few tips you may find a list of mandatory items "to wrap up" so you don’t forget something.

    The most important things to bring:

    -Pajamas or light tracksuit for sleep
    -Towels for face and shower
    -Cosmetics case with personal hygiene (+ moisturizing lotion, wipes, pharmaceuticals, and some insect repellent)
    -Slippers for shower / beach
    -Shorts for swimming or bathing suit (2 pcs)
    -Cap or hat for sun protection
    -Cotton socks
    -Cotton shirts: short and long sleeves (2 pcs)
    -Something warm for sitting beside a campfire
    -Shoes / sneakers for mountain walking (required!) because in sandals and sneakers you can not hike
    -In case of rain - rain jacket, waterproof clothes and shoes
    -If you plan to bring your phone with you on the river, we suggest to protect it against water, shock and dust.
    -Be sure to take with you documents for crossing the border Bosnia and Herzegovina / Montenegro


    Any clothes that you find comfortable at home are great for camp. Shorts and a T-shirt or a casual skirt or dress for women are great for warm summer evenings. For cooler nights and mornings you may find prefer to wear light-weight pants and a long-sleeved shirt. Long-sleeved camp shirts can also double as a shirt to wear on the river to help keep the sun off of your arms.

    Warm Jacket: Even in the summer, evening and mornings can be chilly. You’ll want to have a layer to wear around camp before bed and at breakfast. It often it takes the sun longer to hit some camps due to the large canyon walls. We ask that you bring a light-weight puffy jacket or warm fleece shirt.

    Rain Gear: You never know if it’s going to rain, so bring a rainshell. This is also a great layer for colder temperatures. People will often wear rain pants to help keep the sun off their legs. Tops of knees are a common place for sunburn on the first day.

    Camp Shoes: These could be another pair of sandals, hiking shoes, or sneakers. Anything that is comfortable, gives your feet a break from being in a wet river shoe, and protects your feet from rocks while walking around camp.

    Hiking Shoes (Optional): Most people end up doing short day hikes in their river shoes. If you have a camp shoe that can double as a hiking shoe, you can save room in your bag.

    Make sure to break in your river shoes if you are buying new ones for your trip. Nothing is more annoying than fresh blisters while you’re on your vacation.


    For your daytime river outfit, you'll want quick-drying clothes so that you don't feel soggy all day. Wearing shorts with a lightweight long or short-sleeved shirt are great. Long-sleeves help prevent sunburn.

    Some people also like to wear long under bottoms under river shorts or capri-length pants to help keep sun off of their legs. We suggest light weight base layers as they can help keep your warm if it is chilly, but also are great sun protection that isn't too hot.

    River Shoes: Anything that will stay strapped to your foot and provide solid support for walking around on rocks will work.
    Hat: A hat with a brim makes bright, sunny days more enjoyable and a baseball cap that fits under a helmet are perfect for paddling an inflatable kayak.


    For the majority of summer trips the weather is quite nice. For any trip in the Spring you'll need to bring the following extra cold-weather gear to wear in camp and on the river.

    -Polypro Shirts
    -Polypro Beanie
    -Polypro Gloves
    -Polypro Socks
    -Polypro Long Underwear
    -Warm Pants
    -Thick Polypro/Wool or Puffy Jacket
    -Shoes for walking on wet, slippery or rocky terrain



  • People have a strange need to strive in life to reach some existential peaks, which become much more valuable than life itself.

  • Come with us on a new adventure!

    Rafting camp "Highlander" is a travel agency specializing in adventure tourism. For 21 years we have been organizing rafting tours through the largest canyon in Europe, canyoning adventures through the most attractive canyons of BiH and Montenegro, hiking, treking and mountain biking in the most beautiful parts of BiH and Montenegro, fly fishing, horseback riding, various excursions and jeep safaristhrough Sutjeska National Park and Durmitor.

    Our guests always choose the most sought after destinations:

    Rafting down the second largest canyon in the world - Tara Canyon
    Conquest of the highest mountain peak in Bosnia and Herzegovina - Maglić
    Tour of the most beautiful lake - Trnovac Lake
    Canyoning down - Hrčavka canyon
    A tour of the last rainforest reserve in Europe - Perućica Rainforest
    Tour of Lake Zelengora - part of the Via Dinarika hiking route

    When they choose the desired arrangement, we welcome all our guests in a rafting camp located on the right bank of the river Drina, with wooden bungalows, built in mountain style, a restaurant with a campfire and a terrace with a beautiful view of turquoise. the green river Drina. We offer guests comfortable accommodation and free parking and WiFi, and what makes guests always come back is delicious homemade food prepared according to traditional recipes. After each activity, our guests can enjoy by the campfire in the silence of a summer night or with the sounds of acoustic music and a large selection of local and traditional specialties.

    Welcome to Rafting Camp Highlander!





  • “CAMP HIGHLANDER” is the agency for extreme tourism that pays great attention to maximum security in every guest’s activity, no matter what adventure tourists choose from our selection.


    Preconditions for an exciting and memorable stay on the river are:



    Before going on a rafting guests get equipment and skippers give a short safety brief on proper way of wearing equipment and how to behave in the boat for your safety and the safety of others. Only after that adventure can begin!


    -Neoprene suit
    -Neoprene footwear
    -Life jacket
    -Rafting helmet
    -Wind jackets

    Neoprene suits are designed for rafting in extreme waters and their main task is to protect the body from cold water and possible impacts. Our guests receive suits from the world's best brands which are known for their quality and durability. For the cooler weather we offer garments with long sleeves, while for the hot summer days we have sleeveless suits.

    Neoprene shoeswith thermal addition are primarily used for protection against the cold, because the legs are the most exposed to the cold water. In addition, shoes provide protection for the foot when you walk along the canyon shore.

    Life jacketis the most important piece of equipment for rafting because it provides buoyancy of each person who finds in the water. Each life jacket meets regulations capacity of safety belts and has a functional design, which enables easy pulling people from the water.

    Rafting helmetis one of the mandatory pieces of equipment for rafting, and the guest must wear it, because in the case of falling out from the boat helmet protects the head from possible injury. Helmets are made of highly durable plastic and filled with comfortable filling that cannot go down.

    Wind jackets are mandatory part of rafting equipment in extreme weather conditions (due to the heavy rain, strong wind or low temperatures).


    For safe rafting it is extremely important that the skippers are experienced, professional and have license for rafting in international waters. Our team of skippers in addition to extensive experience and professional approach to their vocation possesses a license of the International Rafting Federation (IRF - International Rafting Federation) and the Ministry of the Republic of Srpska. Our skippers speak several languages, and many years of experience make them the best skippers in the canyon of the wild river.

    Safety brief

    When guests get necessary equipment, before the start of the rafting there is a very important part - the safety brief. This is a set of instructions that skippers give their group before the start of "descent".

    The safety brief includes instructions for:

    Behavior in the boat - only licensed skippers know how to gain the trust of all group members, and with the proper approach and good advice they make team capable to overcome all rapids.

    Manner of sitting in the boat - skippers will determine where every group member will sit so that the weight of the group is evenly distributed. They teach all the members of the group where to hold their feet to avoid falling out from the boat.

    Holding the paddles - skippers teach all members of the group how to hold the paddle properly. At first it can be a problem, but with good advice professional skipper paddling technique can be quickly mastered. One hand should be based on the oars, and the other is always at the end of the shaft - it is a so-called T procedure. This provides control over the paddle. Skipper can command: to row all in the boat (ALL), to row only one part of the boat skipper addresses to (right or left) or that no one in boat rows (STOP).

    Directions for contingencies - skippers give instructions for the unwanted situation - falling out of the boat. This usually happens if you do not obey the instructions how to sit properly or how to put your legs under the berths. At one point everyone is in the boat, and at the next someone is out. If that happens, the skippers are there to bring you out from the wild river, but still know the most important rule - do not panic. Life jacket and helmet offer significant protection, it is up to you to get your act together and search for the boat. Hold to it, and if it is away swim to it. We believe that our skipper will get you out and bring you back to the boat before that, but just in case it is important to stay calm.

    Swimming techniques- our skippers will give you instructions for swimming techniques that you can always use if you find yourself in the river. These are techniques "Down River Swimmers Position" (backstroke, with the head high above the water, with the feet facing downward, slightly bent at the knees, in order to push yourself more easily from the rocks) or "stomach swimming" (swimming in order to get to the shore to avoid the situation that you are withdrawn by the strong river stream.)



  • For us, who live in Republika Srpska, the Tara canyon is not only the largest in Europe or the second in the world, a mountain beauty or the "tear of Europe".

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