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Outdoor Tara

#6 of 22 Tours in Foca
Foca, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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About Outdoor Tara
Through the season (early – April to late – September) we offer a diverse range of outdoor programs including canyoning, rafting, whitewater canoeing, hiking and more!From the many outdoor activities that we do, the most focus we have given to a relativity new type of adrenalin tourism Canyoning. Also guided by experience, we created a list of the best activities and locations in the area of National Park Sutjeska (BiH), National Park Durmitor (MNE) and the Tara river canyon. Generally , we run trips with smaller group sizes, this way you get more time with your guide , thus creating a more personal and much more enjoyable experience for our guests .We are passionate about Canyoning , Rafting and the Outdoors. With this passion we only provide the highest level of customer service and quality.Our company is run by Davor and Branko, who both have worked as Rafting and Canyoning Guides for many years.
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Silver_Queen wrote a review Feb 2020
Istanbul, Turkey6 contributions
I stayed at the Outdoor Tara base camp for 3 nights last August and also joined the Advanced Hrcavka canyoning tour (the longer one). Outdoor Tara is a pretty new outfit with a ton of potential, brand new facilities and amazing staff. I can't praise Branko and the other staff enough for the personal attention and flexibility they offer. I arrived by bus from Sarajevo to Foca and Branko talked with the bus driver to arrange a place to drop me off, and then personally came and picked me up. Then after the canyoning tour I was having trouble warming up, and Branko lent me his own sleeping bag to use that night. They also provided free transport for me to the Montenegro border the morning I left. These are just a couple of examples of how the staff is willing to go out of their way to help you have a great trip. The cabins at the base camp are cozy with nice showers and hot water. You can also pitch a tent and make use of the 2 communal showers, which I did for 2 of my 3 nights. Just don't underestimate how cold it gets at night - even in August the nights were freezing! Breakfast is HUGE and includes a great selection. The location is gorgeous, with access to the river Tara for swimming - although the current is fast and water is cold! The canyoning trip was great. Branko and his friends are putting together a world-class canyoning experience here. The equipment they provide is top notch, the canyon itself is incredibly beautiful and amazing fun to traverse, and the all-you-can-eat dinner afterwards was delicious! In addition to canyoning they can get you into rafting and other tours run by different operators in the area. I joined a rafting tour organized by a different operator and Outdoor Tara provided transportation to their basecamp. Having said all that, as with any new tour operator, there are still a few kinks to be worked out at Outdoor Tara. First of all, communication could be better. While Outdoor Tara provided a driver to take me to the basecamp where my rafting tour would start, the driver didn't speak English so I wasn't able to ask basic questions like what I should wear and if there would be a place to leave my phone. As it turned out, I waited over an hour at this other basecamp before they finally started loading us into vans. It was a very chilly morning and I was in just a bathing suit, with nothing to do since I hadn't brought any personal items. The delay was NOT Outdoor Tara's fault, but some information about what to expect, where I could leave my personal items etc. would have been greatly appreciated. (For the record, you can take personal items and leave them at the other basecamp when the rafting tour starts.) Another example is the number of jumps required to traverse the canyon. On previous canyoning tours I had always had the option of abseiling down waterfalls if I didn't want to jump. However, Hrcavka hasn't been fitted with permanent anchors yet, so all the ropes have to be rigged up in the moment for abseiling. There are 2-3 spots in the long version (not sure about the short version) where you have to jump because rigging up the ropes would be too difficult or time-consuming. I HATE jumping and would have liked to know about this beforehand. I managed it, but there were a couple of guys on the tour with me that just COULD NOT bring themselves to jump. The rest of the group had to wait on them, and by the time they finally jumped we were all freezing from sitting still so long in the cold water. Some communication beforehand about the required jumps could have fixed this problem. (Although hopefully in the future the canyon will be fitted with anchors so jumps can be avoided.) Finally, the advanced canyoning tour is very long and physically demanding. I really wanted to do it and I'm glad I did, but some members of our group really struggled. As this canyoning tour is so new, they have to combine groups and balance some people's preference for the long version vs. others' preference for the short one. I personally wanted the long one, but looking back, the short version would have been the better choice for the group I was in. I would encourage Branko and the others to not be afraid to recommend the shorter course over the longer one based on the physical fitness level of the group. Overall I recommend Outdoor Tara as both a base for exploring the area and a canyoning tour operator. The rough edges are made up for by the staff who are willing to go above and beyond to make you comfortable.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Kash M wrote a review Sep 2019
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I contacted Branko at Outdoor Tara in early August to arrange a multiactivity holiday in Bosnia. He responded very quickly and told me which activities were on offer and which would be most fun at this time of year. I flew in and drove to the camp for which Branko had provided precise GPS coordinates, it was easy to find. Even though it was late, Branko was there to welcome me and quickly made me feel at home. My dinner was ready and as requested my dietary requirements were fully met and the portions were extremely generous. It was a foggy morning when I woke up and as the sun got stronger the fog cleared to reveal amazing views of the mountains and river. The first activity took place that day. A spectacular drive across the border with breath-taking views took us to the Nevidio gorge where we spent 3 hours canyoning. I can safely say this was the most fun canyon I have every travelled through. There were lots of jumps, one of which was 10m and plenty of opportunities to swim. The equipment was excellent, and the guides, Ivan and Miko are extremely experienced and the group felt safe at all times. The second day was spend canoeing on the river Tara, it was just Branko, Davro and myself. We each had a boat and we had so much fun on the river. We negotiated rapids and relaxed during the calm portions of the river. There were plenty of opportunities to rest and swim and we had a thoroughly enjoyable day. The third day was spent in the Hrcavka canyon. This canyon is very different to the other in the sense it is more technical, involving some abseiling but equally exciting. Branko and Davro were the guides and once again their vast experience was self-evident and we always felt safe. On the last day I did some white water rafting with a group led by Miko and once again we had a great day. The accommodation is excellent, and the food is amazing, all made using local organic ingredients and they even made a special effort to get me some halal meat. Branko is a true professional and puts the safety, enjoyment and experience of his customers first. I was travelling alone, and he made me feel completely at home and treated me like a friend. I highly recommend booking with Branko and Outdoor Tara so if you are thinking about it, don’t think twice and just go for it. You won’t regret it. Thank you for a great experience Branko, I hope to see you again. Kash
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Sabrina L wrote a review Aug 2019
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Booked a last minute canyoning trip with Branko and his team in the Hrčavka canyon and it certainly did not disappoint! From the start, there was great communication, adventuring with safe equipment, and we were shown absolutely amazing hospitality. The canyon is also beautiful - don’t forget to look around sometimes as you are going through the obstacles! Would highly recommend to book your adventure with Outdoor Tara!
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Nici I wrote a review Jul 2019
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We were 2 girls doing the canyoning tour and it was really fun. The guides and owner of the camp were so friendly! We were late but they still waited for us and it wasn't a problem. The food and accommodation was really good as well. We're vegetarians and got some extra food. We would definitely book another tour with this company. The water is crystal clear and many nice waterfalls.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Martin L wrote a review Jul 2019
Seget Vranjica, Croatia2 contributions
We had an amazing canyoning with Davor. The equipment is high quality and we felt safe all the time.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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