Nature has given this part of Serbia great wealth in the form of various and very rare phenomena of extraordinary beauty.
A hiking trail where you will admire attractions such as the Beli Izvorac waterfall with cascades several hundred meters long and cave canals. Then the natural stone phenomenon Šuplja Stena (Hollow Rock). which is the tallest stone arch in Serbia and which that sculpted the river Valja Prerast.
Finally, we will visit Rajko's cave, which is one of the most beautiful in Serbia due to the richness of cave jewelry. Under its vaults we meet the whole world of different shapes.
|DEPARTURE LOCATION||Novi Sad, near Lokomotiva
Belgrade, the parking lot at the municipality of New Belgrade
|DEPARTURE TIME||5.30h (Novi Sad)
|INCLUDED IN THE PRICE||Transportation by minibus from Belgrade
Guide, sightseeing according to the program and organization of the tour
|NOT INCLUDED||Ticket for Rajko's Cave (optional tour, group ticket is 250 dinars for a minimum of 10 interested)
Other individual costs
- Equipment for the Beli Izvorac tour: Deep hiking boots with a vibram sole or deep sports shoes with stronger sole, backpack, layered wardrobe, adapted to weather conditions, we recommend trekking poles, bring enough water and some food (snacks, sandwiches, fruit).
- Information about a hiking trail:
- Length: 7 km
- Total ascend/descend: about 350 m
- Category: easy, hiking on forest paths, dirt and partly stone road
- Duration: around 4h-5h with breaks
- For the realization of the tour, a minimum of 19 registered passengers is required.
- In organized transportation, it is mandatory to wear protective masks.
- Price is for members of "Explore Serbia". You can find membership information here. For those who do not have a membership card, the price is 3500 dinars.
- Transportation from Novi Sad: surcharge is 1000 dinars.
- Own transportation: in case you come by your own transport, the price of the tour is 2100 dinars (with Explore Serbia membership cards) or 2700 dinars (for those who do not have a membership card).
- In case of insufficient number of registered passengers or unfavorable weather conditions, the deadline for notification of postponement or cancellation of the tour is 2 days before departure.
The attractions you will see
According to the richness of cave jewelry, Rajko's Cave is one of the most beautiful in Serbia (jewelry is made of the highest quality white crystalline calcite). It is located 2 km from Majdanpek, at the source of the river Mali Pek. Under its arches, we meet the whole world of various shapes, from the Hedgehog Hall, through the Winter's Tale, the Crystal Forest, to the Trembling Lake. What sets it apart from other caves is the very noisy stream that flows through it - Rajko's river. It consists of two separate units: Ponorska and Izvorska caves, and each unit has two horizons - river and dry. The cave was first explored by Serbian greatest geographer Jovan Cvijić in 1894, and the research continued only in the seventies of the twentieth century. Rajko's Cave was opened to tourists in 1975. With a length of 2,380 m of canals explored so far, it is the longest cave in Serbia. By connecting the river and dry canal, a circular path of 1,410 m long was obtained, and for now, tourists are visiting parts of the river and dry horizon. The temperature in the cave is +8 °C, the relative humidity is close to 100%.
According to the legend, the cave was named after the hajduk Rajko, who intoxicated passengers and Turkish caravans in these parts, robbed them, and hid the stolen treasure in the cave. It is assumed that he lived in the 19th century. Following the tradition, it was visited by numerous hunters for buried treasure.
Natural stone bridge Šuplja stena (Hollow Rock) over the river Valja Prerast
The hollow rock is a magnificent stone bridge that the river Valja Prerast sculpted with its sinking. The river Valja Prerast cut a passage through limestones about 130-150 million years old, creating the highest overgrowth, ie a natural stone bridge in Serbia. The natural stone bridge, under the protection of the state, is a natural monument of exceptional importance. With its height of 45 meters and width at the bottom of about 10 meters, it dominates the environment in its beauty. The protected stone bridge is located about 12 km from Majdanpek. From the regional road, the hiking trail is 1300m long. The protected area of the overgrowth includes the beautiful mountain river Valja Prerast, which passes under it. Together they form an attractive and very important tourist ambient space.
In the immediate vicinity of the Hollow Rock, from the darkness of the cave, a small river called Beli Izvorac stands out, which, flowing over the bigren cascades, creates waterfalls of extraordinary beauty.
Beli Izvorac Waterfall
Beli Izvorac is one of the rare cascading waterfalls in Serbia. The height of the highest waterfall is 16 meters, the length of the cascades is several hundred meters (below the highest waterfall there is a cave channel 13 meters long and 4 meters wide). Downstream from the waterfall, there are partitions of limestone (small lakes) with a diameter of up to 10 meters and a depth of about 2 meters. By precipitating limestone in the cave, saliva and stalactites were formed from pure white rock.
In the immediate vicinity of the waterfall is the spring of Beli izvorac and two karst caves (Kozija and Mala pećina). In the Goat Cave, the remains of Neanderthals were found, as well as various artifacts. At the same time, the Small Cave is one of the oldest sites of material culture of homo sapiens in Southeast Europe.
The natural monument Beli izvorac is important because of its exceptionality and preservation as a geomorphological object of the surface karst relief. Based on geomorphological values, this locality, is included in the Inventory of geological heritage objects of Serbia.
- Author of the cover photo Beli Izvorac, Spomenik prirode, Majdanpek: Dragoslav Ilic, CC BY-SA 4.0
- Authors of photos in the gallery: Prerast Valja u zalasku sunca – Gojko Gavrilo, CC BY-SA 4.0; Rajko's Cave – Sawa, CC BY-SA 3.0
The organizer of the tour is the travel agency Explore Balkans doo. With this program is valid Rulebook on conducting tours by Explore Balkans doo.
According to Article 79 of the Law on Tourism, protection is not provided for one-day tours in terms of travel guarantees.
Belgrade - Kučevo - Majdanpek
- Departure from Novi Sad at 5.30
- Departure from Belgrade at 7h
- Travel by highway through Požarevac and Kučevo to Majdanpek, where we arrive around 10.30 am. We will make one break.
- Going to the starting point of hiking.
Hiking tour Beli Izvorac waterfall-Šuplja stena-Valja Prerast
- The footpath runs from the pond to the cascade Beli Izvorac waterfall, then to two karst caves (Kozja and Mala pećina) which are the oldest finds of material culture of homoserines in Southeast Europe.
- We continue hiking until the lookout Straža at about 540 m and forms part of the ridge of Mali Krš (from where you can see the mountains Deli Jovan, Miroč, Stol and the beginning of Veliki Krš).
- We come to a natural stone phenomenon Šuplja stena (Hollow rock) on the river Valja Prerast. The fascinating hollow rock, under which the river passes, is the highest stone arch in Serbia. With its height of 45 meters and width at the bottom of about 10 meters, it dominates the environment in its beauty, especially when you see the Sun below it in the afternoon.
- Information about a hiking trail: easy, 7 km long, duration about 4 hours with breaks.
- After the hiking tour, we go on a tour of Rajko's Cave (optional), which is considered to be the most beautiful in Serbia. It is rich in cave jewelry of various shapes and the Rajkova river flows through it. The tour with a local guide takes about 45 minutes.
- After hiking, it is possible to organize catering or stop for a late lunch at one of the restaurants in Majdanpek.
- Return to Belgrade where we arrive around 9 pm.