Montenegro extreme activity vacation

“Six days of premium activities, from canyoning to rafting, ramp up the adventure on this active break, based in Durmitor National Park.”

Highlights

Airport transfer to camp in Durmitor National Park | trekking | rafting on the Tara River | zipline across the Tara River | explore lakes and canyons | trek to Curevac Mountain | mountain biking | canyoning in Canyon Nevido | horse riding | all activities and lunches included

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2018: 28 Apr, 5 May, 12 May, 19 May, 26 May, 2 Jun, 9 Jun, 16 Jun, 23 Jun, 30 Jun, 7 Jul, 14 Jul, 21 Jul, 28 Jul, 4 Aug, 11 Aug, 18 Aug, 25 Aug, 1 Sep, 8 Sep, 15 Sep, 22 Sep, 29 Sep, 6 Oct, 13 Oct, 20 Oct, 27 Oct, 3 Nov
Minimum Age:
The minimum age for children on most the activities we offer is 6 years of age. Children under the age of 6 (0-5 years) go FREE, however they cannot do all of the activities and parents must supervise them at all times. We can arrange babysitting if parents would like to leave their younger children back at camp. The minimum age for Paragliding, Canyoning, Quad Biking & Horse riding would be 10 Years. The minimum age for Mountaineering would be 13 Years.
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Responsible tourism: Montenegro extreme activity vacation

Environment

We have been living by the coast in Montenegro for over 10 years. We are lovers of nature and along with the stunning Montenegrin coastline we also very much enjoy the mountains of Montenegro and especially the UNESCO National park of Durmitor. We absolutely love and appreciate our camp which is surrounded by its perfect nature and it's scenic setting, and for guests to enjoy both adventures and relaxing. Along with pristine nature there is an abundance of great adventure activities on offer for all guests to take part in and we hope all our guests will have a relaxing and fun filled active vacation stay with us.

Nearly all of our activities have the concept of Eco tourism and mostly all of our activities are deemed as not harmful to the environment. Indeed the Durmitor National Park is a UNESCO protected national park and considered an 'Air' spa for visitors.

We provide all our guests with a friendly welcome BBQ meal and drink on arrival of stay. We also provide packed lunches and we buy all our produce directly from the market place, from local farmers in the area, such as locally produced jams, preserves, fruit berries, meats and cheeses. We also have a cultural day out where our guests shall have a traditional Montenegrin meal which again has all foods and drinks that are locally produced such as meats, wines and plum brandy, etc.

Our camp is surrounded by green fields, mountains and forests and we shall be discarding wherever possible all rubbish for recycling. We shall also have our outdoor lights run on solar energy and energy saving bulbs. We also offer our guests free usage of mountain bikes which we shall encourage our guests to use, so they can travel around the area by Eco transport.

Our team leaders are all local to the area and we hope to show our guests the benefits of protecting our environment on our activities. Our Hiking team leaders are also part of the conservation of the Durmitor forest and they will be explaining all aspects of nature to our guests on activities.

Community

We directly aim to create jobs and employ and empower local people in that region, which are heavily dependent on incomes from tourism in this region. Locals in the Durmitor region generally live from tourism or farming and so it's a massive chunk of their income to be involved within the sector of tourism.

We employ 6 team leaders and also have a staff for the day to day running of our camp. We are hoping that we shall be able to make a difference in the community by employing locals and they shall have a direct benefit of being employed and gaining an income from our weekly package stays.

We shall encourage all of our staying guests to explore Durmitor for themselves on free days and evening times, and hope they'll visit local restaurants, cafes and eateries in the town of Zabljak which will economically help other local business's.

This is our first season in 2016 and we shall hopefully be a success this year and we shall endeavor to include as much possible for local people to be employed and for income to be spent back into the camp and to stay with the community.

3 Reviews of Montenegro extreme activity vacation

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Reviewed on 08 Aug 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Our family enjoyed waking up everyday to a different outdoor adventure in beautiful Durmitor - without having to organise anything ourselves! Pick-up, and drop-off, lunch, activities and suggestions for free time, are all well planned by Stan. (We jokingly referred to the all-access password as: 'Stanco').

First place definitely goes to canyoning - an unforgettable experience. The local guide - friendly mountain rescuer Micky - was more than professional: When our 10-year old turned very cold half-way through the trip, Micky had him in his arms down jumps and glides for almost half-an-hour. The sight of a 8m jump into the water, had our son active again..! I did a day's horse-riding while my son and husband took to quad biking - which they loved! The riding was great, especially as it was only the guide and myself, so we could set the pace. The horses are well trained and follow commands nicely - especially 'gallop'. Our day trekking through the Durmitor forest and around the two black lakes was also a highlight.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Be ready for being active everyday - it might seem logical but a few of our fellow-guests were not prepared for the level of activity especially in the high altitude. Kids are welcome! Stan has numerous suggestions when families want to spend a day doing different activities. No need to bring food and drink - Stan makes a stop at the local, and only, supermarket in the village, before arrival. Lunch is included most days and the village boasts a few very good restaurants - and at a good price! If you're a serious coffee drinker - Stan can resolve that too with his morning Turkish coffee.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Having had most of our meals at local eateries, did definitely benefit the local economy. All activities are organised and guided by local businesses, so yes to that one as well. Hopefully the very small fee for entering the National Park, can help towards further conservation. Regarding reduced environmental impacts, I'm not so sure - tourists leave footprints in different ways: Not everyone is waste - food and rubbish - conscious and the lack of public rubbish bins does not help. But it is inspiring to see and hear the love and knowledge the local peoples have for their natural environment.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Each family member had different expectation, most was met and some were beyond expectation. We wanted a family activity vacation in nature, somewhere where we've not been before, and that's what we got!

Reviewed on 28 Jul 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Really enjoyed the hike around the Black Lakes, Rafting and Zip wire

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Fly straight to Tivat to avoid long queues at the Croatian border controls

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Really happy. Stan was very friendly and accommodating.

Reviewed on 17 Aug 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


We arrived as guests and left feeling like family, we were taken care of as though we were lifelong friends. Taxi'd to supermarket, advice on things to do, homemade baked treats, activities booked even outside of our stay with them.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Canyoning was amazing, the guides are fantastic and the scenery beautiful. Whitewater rafting was a waste of money going in August, water was low and slow and more like floating down a river slowly in a raft. Quite disorganised and time was wasted. I'd say something else should maybe be offered instead of
this at this time of year. You dont get wet or need to wear any equipment other than lifejacket and tiny children were going on so not white water at all really sadly. Bit miss sold!! Try and fly direct to Montenegro where possible. We wasted 5 hours in a 10 hour transfer for what should have been a 3 hr transfer in a hot car as the croatian border made us wait 5 hours in border crossing queue due to going so slowly, this could be avoided by trying to go direct on a sun rather than sat flight. It was unfortunately a very busy time of year and we caught the worst of the queues. There are 2 quite large apartments with single beds and 1 smaller one with a double bed.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Everything was booked with local guides and the family themselves seemed to help and support the community in lots of ways, even collecting hundreds of egg boxes to enable a local lady to sell her eggs!

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


It was wonderful, stan and his family could not have done more for us. Don't be worried about having to bank transfer its just because he is a family business. Stan runs the mountain biking and trekking trips and then books in with companies to do bigger things like rafting and canyoning when you mix in with others. When at Stan's its only those staying that week so you become quite close. Their children came up for the week which was lovely, theres a nice communal place to eat and play games, its a nice set up but is quite a long drive from the airport 3-4 hrs. We would definitely go again such wonderful company and people who went the extra mile. We would class it as self catering plus due to little extras we were given through the week.
Tour op can respond to Q2 - 21/08/2017 (publish by 4th Sept)

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