Cover picture © credits to Rafting Centar Drina-Tara
Cover picture © credits to Rafting Centar Drina-Tara

Perućica safari: Off-roading Europe’s last jungle

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If you are going to explore eastern Bosnia during one of your next travels, you will for sure try the top-notch rafting in Europe’s deepest canyon and visit the Sand Pyramids of Bosnian Colorado. However, your stay in this region will not be complete if you don’t explore Sutjeska, the oldest and biggest National Park of Bosnia & Herzegovina. There are plenty of ways how you can discover this oasis of untouched nature, crystal-clear waters, wild animals and surreal views. Among others, you can try the hiking trails of Bosnia’s most beautiful mountain - Mt. Zelengora, where you can check how European Yosemite looks like from an eagle’s perspective. But a true surprise awaits you in the most hidden part of this mountain range – a gorgeous primeval forest. The best way to see Europe’s last jungle is to opt for Perućica safari, exciting off-roading with all-terrain vehicles.

Perućica rainforest: “the lungs of Europe”

Picture © credits to Radio Foča
Picture © credits to Radio Foča

Situated almost on the border with Montenegro, Perućica is the last primeval forest in Europe. Also called "the lungs of Europe”, this rainforest is a part of Sutjeska National Park. Its beech trees are more than 60 metres high, and endemic black pines stem from the rocky terrain that protects the ancient forest. Some of the trees here are more than 300 years old, so no wonder, that only Europe’s jungle is also listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Another important feature of Perućica is the Skakavac Waterfall (80 m), one of the highest falls in the country, that is formed on the Perućica River. You should know that very few people had a chance to discover this place, due to an extremely rough landscape. With highly dense forest, some parts of the jungle are even inaccessible. Due to its beauty and richness, the rainforest Perucica was declared strictly protected nature reserve and is exclusively used for science and education. Therefore, you can visit Europe’s last jungle only with a licensed tour guide.

Perućica - European last jungle
Perućica - European last jungle
Perućica, Tjentište, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Skakavac Waterfall at Perućica Rainforest
Skakavac Waterfall at Perućica Rainforest
Национални парк Сутјеска, Tjentište, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Nature that no man’s hand ever altered

Picture © credits to Rafting Centar Drina-Tara
Picture © credits to Rafting Centar Drina-Tara

When arranging your safari tour, perhaps the best it to reach out to Rafting Centar Drina-Tara, a leading provider of all adrenaline and adventure activities in this region. The off-road tour usually starts in their rafting center in Bastasi. After one hour of driving with all-terrain vehicles, you will reach National Park Sutjeska. From there, your first destination will be Perućica with its splendid Skakavac Waterfall, where you will feel pure, untouched and wild nature that no man’s hand ever altered. The next point you will head to is the mountain pass Prijevor, a plateau at the foothills of Mt. Maglić, Bosnia’s highest peak. There, you will have a chance to enjoy a fantastic panorama of surrounding peaks - Trnovački Durmitor, Studenac, Badnja, Volujak and Zelengora, followed by a delicious, home-made meal in the mountain huts called “katuni”. The rest of your off-roading will bring you to Tjentište, the core of National Park, to see a historical memorial of the World War II battle on the Sutjeska River. An attractive ride in four-wheelers that will make you see the impressive and unspoiled nature will surpass all your expectations. 

Rafting Centar Drina-Tara
Rafting Centar Drina-Tara
Bastasi, Bosnie-Herzégovine
Sutjeska National Park
Sutjeska National Park
Nacionalni park Sutjeska, Tjentište, Bosnie-Herzégovine
Maglić Mountain
Maglić Mountain
Maglić

An unforgettable day in awe-inspiring setting

If you are a nature lover, there is a lot to love about this part of Bosnia & Herzegovina. Off-roading Europe’s last jungle will sharpen all your senses. In an exciting way, you will discover some of the most remote regions of the Balkans, that very few had a chance to uncover. Perućica safari is a perfect blend of adrenaline, adventure, serenity and peace. It will offer you an unforgettable day in an awe-inspiring setting. For those who want a longer tour, there is an option for a jeep safari on Bosnia’s most beautiful mountain – Mt. Zelengora and some of its eight glacial lakes.

Zelengora Mountain
Zelengora Mountain
Zelengora, Govza, Bosnia and Herzegovina

The author

Ljiljana Krejic

Ljiljana Krejic

I am Ljiljana, from Bosnia & Herzegovina. Being a journalist, I can't escape from that perspective when travelling. My mission is to make you explore the last Europe’s undiscovered gem.

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