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Veliki Rzav

The most pristine river in Serbia, as it is often called, the Veliki Rzav River starts in Močioci village where the Presečka and Jamčica rivers meet. Its crystal-clear waters run for 66 kilometers through picturesque landscapes of the Stari Vlah region, cutting an impressive limestone canyon-like valley.

One of the most striking features of the Veliki Rzav River is its dramatic northern section, where it carves a valley with distinct canyon-like sections. The canyon from the mouth of the Ljubišnica River until Visočka Banja, Radoševski Canyon, and Orlovača Canyon are particularly popular among whitewater rafters, who come from all over the world to experience the river's rapids as well as the stunning scenery.

But the beauty of this river goes beyond its scenic views. The Veliki Rzav River is a biodiversity hotspot that is home to an impressive array of plant and animal species. Recent studies have confirmed the existence of 132 species of benthic algae, 121 bird species, 44 mammalian species, and 13 species of fish. From the threatened stone crayfish to the majestic golden eagle, this river is a true haven for biodiversity.

The waters of the Veliki Rzav are also known for their healing properties. The thermal water that rises from deep underground at Visočka Banja, with a temperature of 27°C, is said to be beneficial for rheumatic and cardiac illnesses.

In recognition of its natural, cultural, social, and recreational values, our partners from the Environmental Association Rzav are working on establishing the Veliki Rzav Special Nature Reserve. Once in place, the protection will enable the preservation of all the features that make the Veliki Rzav River unique.