Wilderness canoeing/kayaking holiday at Lake Skadar
“Five stars…this was a magical week, suspended between the water and the sky. Gigo is a superb guide and we all enjoyed talking to him about his beautiful country.” Angela Maclean, July 2018
2018 & 2019 departure dates: Any (Sunday to Sunday) May to October
A unique experience – canoe or kayak in the remarkable wilderness landscape of Lake Skadar and see the real beauty of this amazing national park, bringing you closer to nature! You will cover a distance of c.65 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. You will learn more about the lake’s incredibly diverse flora and fauna, sleep in tents next to the shore, enjoy cooking on campfires you’ll start yourselves, watch millions of stars in the evening and practice some new skills (gathering herbs/plants, fishing and birdwatchingas well as paddling!). The week is suitable for almost all levels of fitness and a must-do for nature enthusiasts, families or anyone who wants to try a new way of travelling and enjoy the outdoors.
Equipment: We supply all boats (16′ Canadian canoes or Z-Pro Tango inflatable kayaks, depending on availability), safety and cooking equipment.
Gigo is one of Montenegro’s most experienced & talented paddlers and is a fully qualified ECU guide. He speaks fluent English + Montenegrin/Serbian. Matthieu is also a fully qualified paddling guide and bushcraft and wilderness survival expert. He speaks English, Flemish/Dutch & some Montenegrin.
Day 1 – Arrival
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!
Day 2 – Rijeka Crnojevića to Dodoši
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.
Day 3 – Dodoši to Morača Delta
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 camp opposite the monastery of Sv.Nikola on the Morača Delta. Paddling distance: 18km
Day 4 – Morača Delta to Pristan/Raduš
After a lazy morning and lunch chilling on the banks of the Morača, 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! After dinner we paddle in the moonlight a further 30 minutes back up the coast to the abandoned fishing village of Pristan, where we shall camp. Paddling distance: 6-7km
If you wish, on the 4th night you can choose to stay in simple rooms in the village of Raduš for a supplement of £20pp (hot showers guaranteed!).
Day 5 – Pristan to Murići
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 will 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
Day 6 – Murići to Bobovište
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 set off again. Weaving in and out of tiny islets, we will have lunch at a solitary fisherman’s shack on the shoreline before we paddle further south to the village of Bobovište, the penultimate settlement on the Montenegrin side of this fabulous lake. We can make a relaxed camp here, swim and chill, with amazing views of the stars as there won’t be any other lights for miles around!
Day 7 – return and rest!
We enjoy the last breakfast of the trip. Transfer to basecamp and 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.
Day 8 – Departure
(based on min 2 persons)
Price includes 5 days awesome wilderness canoeing/kayaking and camping, 2 nights’ bed and breakfast accommodation in Virpazar, 5 evening meals, 5 lunches and all transportation. Flights, airport transfers and meals at restaurants excluded.
OK KORAL BIO CAMP
Your first and last night will be spent glamping at the OK Koral Bio Farm, situated just 2km from Virpazar in the village of Orahovo. Beautofully appointed bell tents in a quiet woodland setting will relax you first and then rest you second!
The 5 nights out on the lake will be spent either sleeping under the stars or in two-man canvas tents (you may bring your own tents if you prefer).
Please note, whilst we supply all camping equipment, you will require your own sleeping bag.