At the basin of Toponica river, and the extraordinary gorge formed by it, on the slopes of beautiful Kalafat mountain, hides Samar cave, a beauty of south-eastern Serbia
Departure: summer/autumn First departure in 2018: 10. June Group: 10 people max
Duration: 1 day Travel mode: van/car
Technical requirements: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Physical Fitness: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
We leave from the parking lot opposite the City Hall, Vojvode Bojovića Square at 08:00 AM. Accompanied by a local guide, we travel eastward towards Niška Banja, and farther into Kalafat mountain. This area, geographically not very large, is distinguished by many cultural and historic sites, and by protected natural wealth of great significance. One of its potentials is our today’s aim.
Samar cave, also known as Milutin’s cave, named after a man who contributed the most to its study and presentation to Serbia and the world. Milutin Veljković, a well-known Serbian speleologist, spent 464 days in the cave, thus breaking the world record in bivouacing in an underground space, and entering the Guinnes Book of World Records. The cave is also notable for significant paleontological discoveries of a prehistoric bear and lion. Together with other caves in the area, it forms a unique cave system which is protected as a natural monument.
It is a real adventure to pass through Samar. The total length of all canals is 3197 m. The main canal, with four sump narrowings, so-called doors, is 1940 m long. It is of a tunnel type, and at certain points resembles the most beautiful canyons, which makes passing through the cave even more spectacular.
It is also rich with whirpools and cascades. Of cave formations, there are a few stalaktites and stalagmites, and plenty of flowstones and rimstone dams. While you move through the canal network, either through the main or side canals, you will enjoy the labyrinth they form. At the very exit, actually, the entrance of the Sudvek stream which created this cave, is another natural wonder that makes passing through the cave unique, a huge prerast (a stone arch) overhanging the cave exit. Being 15 metres high and 25 metres wide, it completes the whole adventure, and marks it as successful and unique. After the adventure we return to Niš. We arrive in Niš in the afternoon. The programme ends.
NOTE: Our passage through the cave depends on precipitation, that is, weather. If conditions alow, we can pass through the whole cave. It takes three hours to pass through the cave, adequate equipment and knowledge. You are not allowed to pass through the cave alone, and without the equipment and guide!
Price per person: 1 pax: 120€; 2 pax: 60€; 3-5 pax: 45€; 6-8 pax: 35€
Price includes: Transportation, entrance to the cave, guiding service, equipment, travel organization expenses
Price does not include: Food, individual expenses