Rafting, until recently seen as an extreme sport, today it can be safely considered as a tourist variation of mountain river rafting. This safe entertainment is a relatively new attraction in Poland and an alternative to traditional rafting on the Dunajec rafting boats or well-known kayaking trips.
The first pontoon rafting on the Dunajec River took place about 15 years ago.Appropriate equipment and clothing mean that whole families, including children, can take part in this attraction. Rafting on the picturesquely situated Dunajec River, also flowing in the Pieniny National Park, belongs to the 1st degree of difficulty (WW1) on a 6-point scale of difficulty of this sport. So it is entertainment completely safe and providing many unforgettable experiences
Dunajec, the most beautifully situated of rivers in this region of Poland. In the initial parts it is a mountain river formed from the combination of locally occurring streams. Its route is 247 km, but the most charming section of this river is about 17 km, flowing through the Pieniny National Park. It is on this route that rafting trips take place, during which you can enjoy the unique nature so characteristic only for this region of limestone rocks. Sailing past theone of highest peak of the Pieniny – Three Crowns rising to a height of 982 m a.s.l. and Sokolica Mountain with a height of 747 m a.s.l. The calcareous substrate and the specific climate mean that in this part of the Pieniny there is a rich and varied vegetation and thus also fauna. Half of the animal species found in Poland can be found here, around 13,000 are estimated. Most of them are insects and about 150 species of birds, 10 species of amphibians or 61 species of mammals : boars, roe deer or deer. Rafting on the Dunajec River gorge provide s a lot of interesting and unforgettable experiences.
The rafting route starts in the picturesque village of Sromowce Niżne and ends in the Szczawnica town. The entire rafting trip on the Dunajec River lasts about 2 hours and covers 14 kilometers. Access to Sromowiec Niżnych is organized from Szczawnica at 10:00 or 14:00. The journey time by bus is about 20-30 minutes.
For those seeking even more activity, it is possible to combine rafting with a bicycle trip along the most beautiful route of the Dunajec River.
Inflatable boats used for rafting are certified equipment, specially created to overcome the rapid currents of mountain rivers with rocky and sharp banks and bottoms. Special protection which are the air chambers in the pontoon (there are 7 of them) means that even puncturing 1 or 2 of them will not affect safety and you can easily swim to the shore. In the same way, the straps that hold the legs during the trip guarantee safety, and thus protection against falling out of the pontoon. Each participant, equipped with a helmet and a life vest, does not have to undergo any special preparations or have exceptional physical fitness. The nature of the Dunajec River means that there is no possibility of tipping or falling out of the pontoon. A professional rafting instructor “on board” efficiently manages the course and ensures the safety of participants. Therefore, there are no contraindications for rafting for children, non-swimmers or any fear of water.
Is rafting on the Dunajec river for kids? They love water and rafting is a unique experience for them. They should not be deprived of this fun. We suggest that the minimum age of a kid is around 4 years old.
Here we have 3 options to choose our offer from this amazing attraction. We offer the following packages:
basic package containing:
There are also two other offers that include the same services as the basic package and there is an additional option of renting a bike (the route can be covered in about 1.5 hours) or renting a bus (transport to the starting place about 30 minutes). In addition to the listed services and specialized equipment, we also offer: a security guarantee (we don’t take as many people as possible, we use the optimal size of pontoons), professional instructors, changing rooms after the rafting, free parking for customers, a barbecue, the possibility of renting professional protective clothing, we have private kayaking and rafting harbor.
This question must be answered by everyone. If you prefer physical activity combined with admiring nature, you don’t mind getting wet, this is the option for you. However, if you are looking only for the option of sightseeing, watching the views, combined with beautiful tradition and unusual stories of rafters, don’t think for a long time.
Visiting and admiring the magnificent corners of Poland is one of the most popular tourist activities. This can be done from a bird’s eye view, on foot or by popular means of transport. There are other ways of visiting, for example, you can also combine admiring the picturesque Pieniny with activity on the pontoon and a hint of adrenaline. That is why it is also worth trying something new, often breaking through and experiencing something completely from a different perspective. Rafting on the Dunajec River, as a relatively new form of mountain river rafting, is becoming more and more popular, both among groups, individuals and entire families. It is definitely a unique tour of the meandering river currents, among the picturesque nature of the Pieniński Nature Park. To book a rafting trip on the Dunajec River, write us an e-mail or make a reservation via the website: rafting offers
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