Zrmanja River Safari

Canoeing & Swimming

About Zrmanja River Safari


Paddle through rapids, go down waterfalls, swim and witness the beauty of nature at its fullest.

Activity code: PT1123

Duration: 1 Day

Activities: River canoeing, swimming
Activity Level: Easy / Moderate
Duration of Activity: 4-5 hours
Location: North Dalmatia, Kastel Zegarski
Season: April to October

Paddle your way along a beautiful river!

Whether it is your first time holding a paddle or you are an experienced canoeist, the Zrmanja Canoe Safari is the right choice for you. The meeting point is Kastel Zegarski, a small village on the banks of the Zrmanja River, only an hour's drive from Zadar. Upon arrival, the guides will help you with the preparation – you will get a waterproof barrel for your picnic, towels, water, sun cream, camera or any other personal item that you want to have with you during the trip. Once you are ready, you'll receive a life jacket, a helmet, a paddle (a neoprene suit and a rain jacket in case of colder weather) and in no time you'll be a professional-looking canoeist. You will follow your guide to the starting point where your trip leader will give you safety instructions and teach you how to steer the boat and you are off!

On the first part of the trip, which is calmer and less demanding, you will get to practice your steering and paddling skills and just by the time you get hungry we will take you to the beautiful Krupa River for a picnic and swimming break. The Krupa River is Zrmanja's biggest tributary and the picnic spot is underneath an 8-metre waterfall in a small turquoise lagoon, ideal for swimming and diving. After your break you'll continue your trip and that's when the real fun starts. You will paddle through rapids, go down waterfalls, swim and witness the beauty of nature at its fullest. The trip ends in Muskovci and once you change into dry clothes, you can have a picnic on your own or go for a meal in a local restaurant.

No previous canoeing experience is needed and even children from 6 years of age, accompanied by parents, can participate. Two-person sit-on-top canoes are used which are easy and safe to navigate. Don’t forget to bring a swimsuit, shorts, a T-shirt, water shoes, dry clothes to change into later and prepare your picnic with drinks because it is not possible to buy them at the starting point.


  • 20 April – 14 June (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
  • 15 June – 14 September (every day)
  • 15 September – 15 October (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)

Other dates on request.

Weather: the summers are typically warm and sunny.  From May to October temperatures are comfortable for hiking, paddling, and swimming. Rain is always a possibility in Croatia so it is essential to bring adequate rain wear and a jacket in case of inclement weather.

Group size: Min 2 – Max 30 people per group.

Cancellation: In the unlikely case of extreme weather conditions, the activity will be rescheduled for a day or two after the date booked, if possible. If  rescheduling is not possible, payment will be refunded in full.

What's Included: guide, use of necessary equipment, insurance, national park entry fees, secure parking for personal cars at the start point, return transfer from end point back to your personal vehicle.

Additional Transfers: on request



    09:45 - arrival at destination – Kastel Zegarski village
    09:50 - preparation for the trip and safety instructions provided by the trip leader
    10:00 - begin your journey
    12:00 - picnic break at the big Krupa waterfall
    12:30 - continue down the river Zrmanja
    15:00 - finish at Muskovci village
    15:30 - departure to starting point


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