this is perfectly safe and leisure activity for everyone that takes place on traditional wooden rafts that have been in the operation in the area for centuries and were originally used for transportation of goods and people, these take 12 people at a time and there are always two boatmen travelling down the river with you.
BASIC ITINERARY: our minibus picks you up directly from your hotel. On the way to Pieniny National Park you will have a chance to see the Niedzica Castle and modern dam on Dunajec River. After we get to the rafting station your guide buys the tickets so you don't have to queue to the cash office. The rafting from Sromowce Katy to Szczawnica takes aprox. 2,5 hours. Guide meets you in the final station and takes for a short walk and lunch in SPA town Szczawnica. On the way back we plan a in the famous Chapel in Debno Podhalanskie - XV century church, the only monument in our region which is on the UNESCO list.
Below are a few options for the rafting through the famous Dunajec Gorge:
What should we take with us on the raft?
We suggest to take a bottle of water, a snack, protection from the sun and rain, a hat and...something comfortable to sit on (a jacket or sweater).
Do raftsmen speak English?
Some of them speak English but most of them don't.
When should I book?
If you are going to book a guided trip we suggest to let us know well in advance (it is not so easy to find available English speaking guide). For the other trips booking a day or two before should be enough.
Is Dunajec river rafting dangerous?
No, it definitely isn't
Is the Dunajec river raft trip recommended for kids?
We believe that children over 5, 6 years enjoy the trip but for younger it can be hard to seat on one place for 2,5 hours.
When is the best time of year to go rafting?
Rafting season runs from 1 April to 31 October. In our opinion the best time for Dunajec river rafting is between beginning of June and a half of September.
How long is the trip?
Traditional rafting takes approximately 2,5 hours (18 km), while pontoon rafting takes 1,5 - 2 hrs (13 km)
What sort of clothes are recommended for the pontoon rafting?
In warm days t-shirt, a pair of shorts, and an old pair of sneakers are sufficient. Don't forget dry clothes to change after rafting.
Do pontoon rafting instructors speak English?
Yes, they do.
What is the minimum age for the pontoon rafting?
Kids over 7 years can join the pontoon rafting if they are accompanied by at least four adults (or two adults and two teenagers over 150 cm of height).