Rafting is a fun and exciting outdoor activity. While the picture of people rowing and splashing water may cause you to think whether or not you would be up for this activity, we are here to address your concerns and deal with some of the most common rafting myths out there.
Myth #1 - Only adrenaline junkies enjoy rafting
At some point, you’ve heard about rafting. Then you searched Google to find out more about it. You’ve probably got the answer that it is an extreme water sport. Wait? “Extreme,” what does that mean? Then you went on YouTube to watch some rafting videos. Of course, the first thing you see are rafting videos with high water rapids, people screaming, jumping, and all those scenes that draw the most views.
While there indeed are extreme rafting tours, rafting is a source of great fun for just about anyone. There is a variety of rafting tours and difference in whitewater classification. What a tour will look like also depends on the time of the year. Here at Tarasport, we encourage whole families to come along and enjoy the great scenery of the Tara river canyon.
Myth #2 - You have to be fit
Having a strong and athletic body is surely an advantage, but it doesn’t really matter if you are athletic or not. If you can hold a rope, use a paddle, walk, walk over stuff, carry your stuff – then you are all good.
You don’t need any special training, but it is certainly not a bad idea to get some preparation before going on a rafting tour. On multi day tours, we also do some hiking to amazing viewpoints (it’s definitely worth it). Don’t worry about your energy; the amazing food we prepare will restore all the energy you lost during the day.
Myth #3 - You ought to be an Olympic swimmer in order to be able to do proper rafting
It is very good if you manage to stay in the boat. However, if you happen to fall out you won’t be doing much swimming anyway. The proper technique is to lay on your back and wait for your guide to grab you. All our guests receive a lecture about basic safety rules before we go out on the river.
Now, if this doesn’t comfort you, you should also know that everyone will be wearing a lifejacket at all times. So, if your swimming skills are a bit rusty, there is no need to worry. After all, our guides have the IRF license-compliant expertise.
Myth #4 - The food is awful
Forget about canned foods. Here at Tarasport we have domestic, traditional cuisine which instills a special feeling of intimacy in our guests. All the food you eat on our tours is produced in the vicinity of our camp, exactly like our ancestors did it centuries ago. These landscapes represent a rare oasis of unspoiled nature in Europe, so the products of our region are organic and healthy.
Meals are made of organically grown fruits, vegetables and meat, which are grown and raised by the local villagers from Durmitor, Maglic, Zelengora and other highlands nearby. The combination of eco food and traditional way of preparing meals is a true driver of good energy.
In addition to our delicious meals, you can also try authentic beverages of this region. Famous homemade brandy called “rakija” will definitely elevate the mood (we have plum brandy, pear brandy, apple, quince). If you prefer wine, you can enjoy wines from a number of nearby wineries.
Myth #5 - You will be stuck on a raft the whole day
On a single-day rafting trip you will spend the majority of your time on the raft. However, on multi day tours you will spend more time on foot than rafting. Of course, the tours are different and at least one day is reserved for a hike. The other day, for instance, we ride in jeeps through the untouched nature of Sutjeska and Durmitor.
You may be asking yourself if you could manage to spend time on a raft. However, the real question is whether you will be able to describe all the amazing adventures you will experience.