Category Archives: Travelogues

Stories from our journeys (either private or organized by Serbianoutdoor, Jeep Club Serbia or others). More than just reports.

Priče sa naših putovanja (individualnih, ili u organizaciji KAUP-a, Jeep Club-a ili trećih organizacija). Više od pukih izveštaja.

Discovering wild Balkans

Written by:
Aleksandar Veljković

 

When mountains in the central part of the Balkans start having freezing temperatures at night in the autumn, it’s time to head south, to the warm, meditteranean part of the peninsula. That is exactly what we do every year in the Balkans Wild Tracks tour. This is the adventure we’ve experienced between October 20th and November 5th in Greece, Albania, Macedonia and Serbia.

In the Pindos mountains
In the Pindos mountains

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Tisnica – our secret oasis

Written by
Aleksandar Veljković

What is owning a 4×4 vehicle all about? Offroad racing? Certainly not (at least not for us). The purpose of having an offroader is, in my opinion, in being able to reach some remote, hardly accessible places deep in the wild, where you’re certain that nobody would bother you in a million years, and enjoy them with your friends. And the confluence of Perast and Tisnica rivers at the border of Kučaj and Homolje mountains in eastern Serbia, is one of such places. A real heaven on earth, a hideout for those who know how to get there.

Our campsite by the Tisnica river

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Homolje Gold Rush 2016

Written by
Aleksandar Veljković

After the experience with the “winter tour” in April last year we wanted the beginning of the springtime season of Rustika Travel tours to be a true springtime event, with minimum risk of snow, and lots of mud and a chance to watch the nature sprouting and waking up after the winter sleep. So we decided to make it in the lower mountains of northeast Serbia, where the risk of late winter conditions wasn’t so great like in the higher mountains. And it turned out we managed to hit the point – the tour was a 100% success! 😎

In the mud of Trest forest

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Nomadic journey of south Serbia

Serbia is sort of a newcomer to the European adventure travel market – having fewer mountains higher than 2000 m than the surrounding countries, it was always regarded as less attractive and less wild by enthusiasts. But is it really so?

Rosomački kamen

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Offroading in Serbia – how safe is it?

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Aleksandar Veljković

When talking to our friends abroad about coming over for an offroad tour in Serbia, we often come accross misconceptions – “facts” which are exactly the opposite from what the situation really is, but which make people hesitant about coming to Serbia very strongly. In this article I’d like to address the most common ones. Most of them, actually, are security related – and all of them are utterly unfounded. Some are connected to the recent political developments, and some are misconceptions that date decades into the past. Ok, lets go!

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Recovering lost roads

A journey through east Serbia in spring 2015

Nature is changing faster than we can imagine. A forest trail that we once passed can be lost overnight due to a landslide, or deteriorate beyond usable state very fast due to excessive vegetation growth or fallen trees after extreme storms. If not regularly used, a forest trail can become unrecognizable and completely disappear in less than 5 years. So a collection of GPS tracks is only good if it’s made up of regularly inspected, and updated trails.

Mount Rtanj behind us
Mount Rtanj behind us

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Top jeeper’s camping spots of eastern Serbia

Written by: Aleksandar Veljković

One of the first thoughts we stumble upon when we look at our Jeep is that we’re looking at our tool for the perfect escape, our ticket to freedom, our chance to get away from it all – the toy we use to get wherever we want, whenever we want. To get away from all the rules, restrictions, control, the noise, the hassle, the ever ringing mobile phones and other gadgets. Hm, isn’t that a great idea? Finding places with no mobile reception, getting a chance to listen only to the birds, streams and the wind?  😉  Knowing that the holy silence cannot be interrupted as long as you don’t interrupt it yourself? But how do you find such places? 

Little JEEP secrets of eastern Serbia

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2012 u slici – lepote Balkana

Napisao: Aleksandar Veljković

Ovo nije klasičan putopis, već videopis. Naše putovanje slikama kroz 2012. godinu:

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Homoljska “zlatna groznica” 2012

Nadomak Stola prvog dana

Retko koji deo Srbije zrači takvim mirom, a vaša čula u isto vreme obasipa pravim vatrometom senzacija kako to čine Homoljske planine. Naročito u proleće, kada se priroda budi i kada u igri bezbrojnih planinskih potočića i mirisima cvetnih livada možete potpuno da zaustavite vreme. Teško je opredeliti se šta je ono najlepše u Homolju – nepregledne, sačuvane šume iz kojih samo što ne izmile patuljci, stenoviti odseci njihovih vrhova sa kojih ćete pogledom upijati daljine bez želje da odatle odete, doline sa najzelenijom travom na svetu, tajne njegovog podzemnog sveta, vlaška kultura prožeta magijskim ritualima i legendama, tradicija ispiranja zlata na zlatonosnim pritokama Peka ili sve to zajedno. I što je najlepše – sve je to autentično i nekomercijalizovano. Turistički biznis  još uvek nije stigao dotle i niko vam neće određivati kuda smete da idete ili opterećivati viškom pravila i restrikcija – možete u miru istraživati i diviti se netaknutoj prirodi i jednom autentičnom, zaboravljenom načinu života unedogled.

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Karpati 2011 – udisanje slobode

Izveštaj napisao: Aleksandar Veljković

Kada pasioniranog ofroudera bacite u Karpate, to je kao da ste ljubitelja slatkiša pustili u fabriku čokolade. To je nesagledivo ogroman prostor visokih planinskih venaca koji se nadovezuju jedni na druge bez prestanka. Moćni huk planinskih reka uz brojne vodopade, travnati grebeni koji se protežu do horizonta, beskrajne četinarske šume, planinska jezera, a sve to naizgled bez kraja i početka. Ukoliko se previše zanesete u svojoj istraživačkoj pasiji lako vam se može desiti da vam gorivo stigne na rezervu i naprasno shvatite da u krugu od 100 km vazdušne linije oko vas ne postoji nijedna benzinska stanica. Zato su u Karpatima za vlasnike benzinaca sa plinom oba napunjena rezervoara obavezna, a za ostale – kantica sa rezervnim gorivom na krovu.

Mapa ture po Karpatima leta 2011.

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