Skakavac Waterfalls

skakavac waterfallsSarajevo is one of the rare European cities where such pristine nature can be found just a hop away from the city. Bosnia and Herzegovina’s largest, continually flowing waterfalls is just 12 kilometre due north of the city centre. Skakavac Vodopad or ‘Grasshopper Falls’ plunges 96 metres down a slippery limestone cliff.

The two hour walk to the Falls, from the small village of Nahorevo is a pleasant and easy one. Alternatively, take a local bus number 69 from Sutjeska Road to the end of the line. If you choose to drive, make sure you take a 4 x 4 vehicle as the road conditions have deteriorated over the years.The walk is marked with an occasional map and resting spots.At the halfway mark, there is a slightly run-down cafeteria operated by a friendly man called Dragan. He serves coffee and herbal tea. From this place, the walk to Skakavac is fairly flat and easier than the steady climb from Nahorevo.

The source of the stream that creates Skakavac is only a few hundred metres away from the waterfall. This has been made into a nice picnic area with tables and benches. There are two places from which to view the waterfall. From the main gravel road that leads to the picnic area there is a trail to the left.Two hundred metres from that spot there is the first lookout point.Again the trail is well-marked. The best view is another 20 minutes down a steep but well-maintained trail. This trail leads to the bottom of the waterfall where the full effect of the plunge can be seen and enjoyed. Be sure to respect the policy of cleanliness and leave no rubbish behind.