Do you know that the natural phenomenon of wild horses can no longer be seen anywhere in Europe except in Bosnia and Herzegovina? Would you prefer to experience close up observing, feeding and socializing with these noble animals?
If the answer is yes, then exploring the beautiful Bosnian mountain of Cincar and the Kruge plateau with quad vehicles is one of the best adventures you can experience in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and it is perfect day trip from Split – Croatia. Alternatively this tour can start from Sarajevo or Mostar.
Optionally, further expand the itinerary with a kayak on the beautiful river Sturba and explore the ancient Bosnian town of Livno.
Departure Times Daily 8 AM from Split, and 7 AM from Sarajevo or Mostar.
Pickup Locations Tour departs once a day with free pickup at your address.
Activity Note: Quad vehicles are only allowed for adults who have experience driving these vehicles. Quad vehicles can accommodate two people, so children can ride in the presence of adults. Kayak safari can be done by children from 5 years of age onwards.
Funky Tours will organize a free pickup in any part of Split, even in the old town of Split (Diocletian’s Palace) or town of Trogir. Alternatively, aside of Split region (Croatia) this tour can go from Sarajevo and Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina).
The pickup is in the early morning hours at 8 AM, but if required we can arrange to leave a little later. The morning part of the drive from about 1.30 am to the Bosnian town of Livno will take us through the beautiful parts of the mountain Biokovo, next to the largest artificial lake reservoir, Busko Lake. After we arrive in Livno, it is time for our adventure to begin.
The Livno natural phenomenon of wild horses, except probably in Mongolia and Iceland, hardly exists anywhere else in the whole world. That is why the adventure of hanging out with wild horses is in itself a spectacular experience. But if this adventure is further expanded with the explorations of the beautiful scenery of the Cincar mountain and the Kruge plateau with quad vehicles, then this adventure becomes something very very special.
Upon arrival in Livno, we are given detailed instruction on how to drive quads, and after picking up our professional quad riding equipment (helmet and gloves), and starting our vehicles, we are ready to go.
The adventure starts from the very heart of the city of Livno and we drive up the old macadam road towards the high regions of the Cincar mountain, to Kruge plateau.
Keep in mind that most quad adventures on the plains of mount Cincar are done at altitudes above 1200m, so it is definitely recommended to wear layered clothing.
With its vast green pastures and rolling hills, Kruge plateau has long been an excellent location for livestock, especially sheep and cows. The famous Livno cheese has proven to be one of the highest quality in the Balkans throughout history.
The wild horses that now inhabit the Kruge plateau near Livno were once domesticated horses used in agriculture. But in the seventies with the modernization and arrival of modern machines horse owners decided to release these animals into nature, and since then their number has risen to close to 1000 horses.
Our quad adventure of exploring Kruge plateau and Cincar mountain usually takes about 2 to 3, or sometimes even 4 hours and we have several beautiful routes at our disposal.
A special experience is the winter quad adventure.
Of course, in addition to enjoying the wild horses, this tour explores off the beaten path location in the wider region of the Cincar mountain, including stunning views and panoramas, with a visit to a beautiful lookout point offering stunning views over the incredible “Glamočko polje” (eng.field).
The return to Livno is in the afternoon, where we plan a local lunch, free time in the old town of Livno and return to Split (Sarajevo or Mostar).
Of course, on all our tours, we always focus on local cuisine and local delicacies. Visiting the Livno region without tasting homemade cheeses is unthinkable, so if you are a fan of cheese, you are in the right place.
Make sure to take a walk around old part of Livno and visit the famous Duman spring and Duman bridge. Beautiful Dukatareva mosque with clock tower is perfect viewpoint of the whole town of Livno.
Indigenous Livno cheese began to be produced at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century in the vicinity of Livno, and the production later spread to the entire Livno region and beyond. In the Livno area, there are several stories about how today’s cheese was made. One of them says that the recipe for the production was brought by a resident of the village of Guber, who, working in a dairy in Switzerland, stole the recipe, and returned to his homeland and started production. Today, however, you cannot find this story in official documents that speak of the origin of Livno cheese.
According to official sources, Livno cheese began to be produced thanks to the French agronomist Cyprian Jaillet, who moved to Livno in 1900 at the request of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy to manage the National agricultural station. Within the station there was a cheese factory which processed mainly sheep’s milk produced in the surrounding villages and on the mountain plateau of Kruzi below Cincar mountain.
At that time, the cheese factory already produced cheeses: roquefort, liptauer, trappist, which the vegetation of the surrounding mountains, the special climate and milk of the indigenous pramenka sheep, a breed famous for its wool, gave unique features. However, Jaillet also experimented with other combinations, and thanks to his knowledge of the Swiss dairy tradition, Livno cheese was created.
Initially, Livno cheese was made from sheep’s milk according to the recipe of the Swiss cheese Gruyèr, i.e. Greyerzer, only in smaller rings. The recipe for this cheese spread from the cheese factory, and from the then agricultural school where Jaillet was a teacher, and among the surrounding population, which began to produce similar cheese. Due to the growing market demand for this cheese, it gradually began to be produced from cow’s milk. Today it is mostly made from a mixture of sheep’s and cow’s milk.
This cheese belongs to the group of autochthonous Dinaric hard sheep, i.e. cow cheeses, with specific and recognizable attributes. For those who have not tried it so far, it is worth explaining that Livno cheese is a hard cheese, the smell of which is characteristic of sheep’s hard cheeses.
Get ready to taste some of the best Livno cheese when visiting Bosnia and Herzegovina with Funky Tours.
In case you want to extend the adventure of exploring the Livno region, we heartily recommend that you additionally consider kayaking on the river Sturba.
The Sturba River is 14.5 kilometers long and flows through Livanjsko polje. It is one of the most beautiful rivers in the region and offers an excellent kayak experience.
The kayaking section of about 4 km, lasting a total of 2 hours and without a lot of rowing, indulging in the easy flow of the river, is an ideal way to experience this beautiful pearl of western Bosnia and Herzegovina.
You don’t have to have experience to ride a kayak and this adventure can be experienced by children aged 5 and older.
During the Sturba river kayak safari we shall provide you with a life vest, two seater kayak and a paddle. The river during most of its flow is not more than 2m deep and quite warm during the summer time, meaning swimsuits are all you need.
Smaller rivers are most ideal for canoe safaris, as they are usually extremely clean, quieter and safer. With a highly diversified shoreline of overgrown parts with sedge, trees and open grassy meadows full of flowers of all colors, the Sturba River is the ultimate choice for a kayak safari.
Depending on the options of the day trip, i.e. whether you just decided to try a quad adventure or combine it with a kayak, return to Split will be early or late afternoon. If you started this tour from Mostar or Sarajevo, expect to be back in the in the later afternoon.
In any case, this will be a very beautiful and interesting day.
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