Banja Luka -  River Vrbas -Course:

Vrbas river is mountainous river with a several wild sectionsand fast falls. Vrbas consists of two canyons – a canyon Tijesno (5 km) on which is a kayak course and a canyon Podmilacje (8 km). International qualification of the difficulty of the flowing in the canyon Tijesno is III and IV degree of wild water and depending on a flood-gate, flowing varies from 25-120 m3 and in the spring even to 500m3.
Water temperature in the summer is above 17 C and air temperature is above 30 C degrees. Slalom course length is flexible and it can be used from 400 to 800 m according to needs and it is part of the slalom course 5 kilometers long. It is approachable with many ways and steps and it is secured with two electrical gates for dragging out in the case of accidents and injures.
There is an ambulance close to the course, about 2 kilometers far.


There is a number of hotels, hostel, rooms and private accommodation with the complete accommodation capacity of 1200 beds and there is a camp in Krupa na Vrbasu which is 25 km far from the city center and from kayak course 13 km. The camp was built last year for needs of world rafting championship and is equipped with high quality showers and toilets, parking and football ground with artificial grass which can use all the camp guests. The camp is on the bank of the Vrbas River and on the mouth of Krupica River, and a capacity is about 500 guests and is spread on over 2500 m2 without parking and additoonal objects.
Prices in private accommodation are about 10 to 20 euros per person with breakfast, in hotels from 25 to 60 euros half-board and from 35 to 90 euros full board, hostels are from 8 to 11 euros per a night. The camp in Krupa na Vrbasu is free and it is available to all the guests representations for usage. In front of ECA and ICF for official delegation will be provided staying in Banjaluka for free.

Kayak Canoe Club will make contracts with all hotels in next period so every participant will have a discount for hotel service. Also, there is a weekend estate near the course in Karanovac housing estate which has many weekend houses that are not registered in the official offer and the prices are about 50 euros per a house with 7-8 beds. Houses fulfill all the conditions and are mainly on the bank of the river.

more information:

Nikola Stankovic
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