A unique experience – kayak the remarkable untouched landscapes of Lake Skadar and see the beauty of this amazing national park, bringing you closer to nature! You will cover a distance of c.60 km over 5 full days of paddling, with a day either side to arrive and afterwards rest up, making up a week of unforgettable adventure. Learn about the lake’s incredibly diverse flora and fauna, sleep in tents next to the shore, enjoy a brilliant 2-day bushcraft course, watch millions of stars in the evening and practice some new skills (foraging for wild food, shelter-building, fishing and bird-watching as well as paddling)! The week is suitable for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness and a must-do for nature enthusiasts, families and anyone who wants to try a new way of enjoying the outdoors. Please note that prior paddling experience is essential!
Arrival at Virpazar from your arrival airport and short transfer to the basecamp situated in a beautiful woodland in the National Park. In the evening we will have a tasty organic diner at Koral Biofarm where everyone can get to know each other a bit better. It’s also the time to get all your supplies and gear packed ready for the adventure to begin the next day!
Breakfast at basecamp. Transfer to the starting point of our canoe/kayak trip, a 50 minute scenic drive away on the northern shores of the lake. We will paddle the majestic serpentines of the Crnojević river, through Pavlova Strana, Montenegro’s most famous viewpoint, before heading up the Karatuna river to the beautiful village of Dodoši, where we will camp for the night and have dinner at a floating restaurant right on the river’s edge. Swimming and jumping opportunities aplenty! Paddling distance: 17km.
First, we shall head back down the small waterways of the Karatuna, past, lily pad fields and with lots of birdlife. Once we are into the main body of the lake we paddle around deserted islands with jaw-dropping views over the hills and mountains before swinging past the twin peaks island of Vranjina to the shores of the Morača Delta, where our bushcraft instructors, Kristijan and Darko, will be waiting for us. Paddling distance: 12km
Camped on the shores of the Morača river,find out how to to start a fire without matches, build a bivuac out of available materials, whittle a spoon, learn to fish and navigate by the sun and stars – all skills that will come in useful come the zombie apocalypse! Your instructors will provide all meals.
Your first day was about survival techniques – your second is about thriving in the outdoor environment! Navigation, fishing, foraging for and preparing food in nature, safe use of tools – it’s all about putting your new skills into practice in the setting of this stunning National Park. Once we are out of the heat of the day, we shall paddle down the other side of the delta and across the open water to the deepest point of the lake, Raduš (depth 120m) where locals Danilo and Lidija will prepare a delicious fish dinner for us. Swimming is very much encouraged at this spot, and arriving by starlight is sometimes an atmospheric bonus! We sleep in charming waterside apartments this night to take advantage of some hot showers Paddling distance: 10km
Hugging the shoreline, it is time to paddle further south towards the clear open waters. Passing the old fishing settlements of Raduš and Krnjice, we will have stunning views of the Prokletije mountain range on our left, the famous “cursed” mountains of Albania. Around halfway we may have the opportunity to stop by at Starčevo Gorica, one of the most remote of the lake’s seven island monasteries. We will eventually camp at Murići, just 90 minutes further down the coast, a gorgeous, practically unknown 400m long freshwater beach that even in summer is practically deserted! Paddling distance: 15km
The final leg of our journey! From the beach campsite, we first will pay a visit to the friendly and hugely welcoming nuns on the island monastery of Beška, where we can share a tour and a glass of homemade pomegranate juice with the sisters to refresh us physically and spiritually before we return to the beach for collection by Landrover. The rest of the day is free for everyone. For people who want to explore on their own, there is plenty to discover in walking distance from the basecamp. We will have a last dinner together at basecamp, where the owner will prepare for us some typically tasty, local dishes.
Return to Podgorica/Tivat airport (other destinations would incur an extra transfer charge)
- all accommodation
- all activities
- all meals
- full time English-speaking guide
- all transport from start point to end point
- International Flights
- Non-airport transfers
- Drinks and alcohol
Fitness is essential to be able to complete the program and readiness for an environment which is more remote and challenging. That may even extend to accommodation which will be basic but clean in remote areas! Expect physical challenges, with several hours of physical activity a day. Prior experience of the activity is required.
For Families – some or all days of this trip will be quite demanding! There will be limited downtime with activities and/or travel taking up most of the day. If your kids don’t mind roughing it a bit and are used to outdoor activity, then they will love this holiday!
Pre-arrival information and kit list
There are some useful items we recommend you bring along to get the best from the holiday.
- ESSENTIAL! Filter Water bottle each – we recommend a LifeStraw Go 2-stage Filtration bottle, which can turn 1000 litres of any freshwater into clean drinking water, or a similar model from a company called Purewell. You can find them on ebay, Amazon, etc. Please don't arrive without one!
- Mosquito repellent
- Sun cream
- Quick dry sports towel
- Sleeping bag – we provide all other equipment for the kayaking and camping trips
- Jelly shoes or water-proof sandals for kayaking/canoeing
- Sun hat & sunglasses
- Some warm clothes (for visits in April/May and Sept/Oct)
- Binoculars - essential if you enjoy bird watching!
- Rain jacket / kagoul
- 1st Aid Kit including any medications you will need during your stay
- Cash – Virpazar’s ATM is sometimes out of action and many places don’t accept card payment. €100pp is our recommended minimum
- Any required printed out documents, eg. boarding pass for airline (there are no printing facilities during this holiday!)
- Tea bags (black tea bags are available locally but they are very weak)
- Filter coffee (only for true coffee afficionados as Nescafe is available)
- Tampons – these are not available locally
Also, just a reminder to make sure you have the right travel insurance to cover outdoor/water activities – a condition of booking with us.