|It is such a pity we cannot ger on the bridge, but it is closed for visitors due to reconstruction.|
|Life is an inapprehensible miracle|
|Perfection of the Drina Canyon|
Pančić's spruce, more than 200 trees and black pines on cliffs of the canyon set off among basic values of the Park. There is a significant number of chamoises and numerous bird species. The highest peak of the Park is situated on the altitude of 1.200 meters. Medieval tombstones called 'stećci' are the cultural heritage due to which the Park has been nominated by UNESCO. The old city called Klotjevac with the Karno monastery from the 13th century is also situated in the Park area. However, since the Park still has not been declared a protected area, it is still not known who will manage it.
We are very excited because the sequence of our journey leads us to Perućica, one of the largest and best preserved primeval forests in Europe with its surface of 1,481 hA. It had been protected 10 years before the declaration of the Sutjeska National Park that was established in 1962. While driving towards the only gazebo from which spreads the view to the pleace each forester from our region wants to visit, we admire the fores through which we pass. If this forest is so beautiful, what can we expect from the beauty of Perućica?
|Our colleagues from Albania are impressed by Drina|
|Vlado, the primeval forest ranger, reveals an idea of what we can't see due to bad weather conditions|
|Perućica, the mystical primeval forest|
We descend from the gazebo and come to the Mladost Hotel in Tijentište. The visitor center of the Sutjeska National Park is situated beside the hotel. We are welcomed by Mr Zoran Čančar, the director of the Park. He familiarizes us with the facilities of the Park: four water courses, the Skakavac waterfall that flows into the Perućica stream that flows into the Sutjeska River. There are also a couple of mountaineer objects, a camp of capacity of around 100 tents, sports and recreational center, a stadium, a museum... Famous memorial home dedicated to the Battle of Sutjeska, temporary seasonal shepherd homes called 'katuni' in Zelengora and Prijevor are also in the Park area.
|Foresters in Perućica|
|WWF dynamic duo Petra and Leon with Ivo Andrić, the Nobel prize winner|
Kozara was declared a national park in 1967. It spreads over 4.600 hA and is inhabited by 860 species. The Memorial Complex, a significant monument of the state, is situated in the Park. The Republika Srpska counts 14 caves out of which seven caves are under protection as monuments of nature. Perhaps the only yellow beech (Fagus sylvatica) in Europe that is 250-300 years old is also found in the Park. When the sky gets dark, the leaves of this tree become green, Dragan accentuates. Concerning protection in future, along with declaration of the Drina National Park, there are preparations for three future nature parks: Javorina, Lisina-Šibovi and Krupa in Vrbas. Dragan has announced an establishment of special reserve in Popovo Polje that used to be inhabited by griffon vulture. Experts try to bring the specie back to the area.
Find out more about the next part of our journeyhere.