Zrmanja, the hidden beauty in hinterland of Dalmatia (one hour drive from Zadar), is one of Croatia's most beautiful rivers: wild and unpolluted. Its 200 m deep canyon with many rapids and a 12 metres high waterfall named "Veliki buk" provides an exciting river-rafting adventure. The river springs below the mountain Poštak in the southern part of Lika region, in hinterland of Zadar, and flows into the Novigrad Sea, 11 km from the town of Obrovac.
Zrmanja is, thanks to the Adriatic Sea, suitable for rafting all year round (when the water level is high enough). Rafting is not possible when it blows a strong wind (Bura).
During the summer, the rapids are category I-II and easy to cross, while during spring and fall (April to May, September to November) the rapids are mostly category II-III. The May is certainly the most attractive month. The rafting is still exciting and nature is beautiful.
But if you are looking to rev up your adrenaline levels, you have to catch the rafting on Zrmanja after heavy rains. In this period Zrmanja reaches the water level category V. The waves are huge and in several places the rapids offer extreme challenges even for most experienced rafters.
The Zrmanja rafting trip usually starts at the village of Kaštel Žegarski and ends at the village of Muškovci. The route is about 15 km long and the ride itself takes about 4 hours, but it all depends on the water level. This route passes across the waterfall Veliki buk which has to be bypassed on foot (5min walk).
*NOTE: the two-person sit-on-top kayaks will be used in case of lower water level.
EQUIPMENT: helmet, life jacket, paddle, one waterproof container per boat for personal items, plus long neoprene suit & rain jacket in case of cold weather.
Detailed itinerary on request.
In the period after heavy rains Zrmanja reaches defficulty level V. The huge waves and rapids offer extreme challenges even for most experienced rafters.