Chasing waterfalls at Kravice Falls

I’m a sucker for waterfalls. When I saw Kravice Falls in pictures I knew I had to go, but that was of course, easier said than done. Planning this road trip down Croatia was no easy feat. Well, it was, until I added Bosnia & Herzegovina to our itinerary.

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Driving in Croatia was a piece of cake because 1) I wasn’t the driver (hehe) and 2) we bought a data sim and relied on good ol’ Google maps to take us everywhere. We lost data once we crossed the border, which was fine because Google maps are useless in Bosnia anyway. So we’ll just follow the signs, right?

Wrong. There aren’t many signs to Kravice Falls.

I had printed out a map in advance but that was useless because it didn”t show the smaller roads. Half an hour into the drive we were on a winding road on a hill that seemed to be a residential area in the middle of nowhere; it didn’t look like a place for waterfalls.

We were lost.

There were no street names to refer to and no other cars in sight. Panic mode was on full blast when we came to a few crossings where we had to decide which paths to take. There was a lot of ‘which way?!’, ‘this map is a piece of s***’, ‘WTF is going on’, ‘omg where the f*** are we going’, ‘why aren’t there f***ing street names or signs’, ‘*where the f*** are we?!’.

AS doesn’t have the best sense of direction but thankfully, I inherited my mom’s awesome spidey senses. I answered each of one of our outbursts with ‘I don’t know but let’s go this way’ and ‘I don’t know but I think it’s that way’. A few  ‘ I don’t know’s later, we miraculously emerged on a small road next to a highway. 5 minutes after driving down this flat road, we saw a sign that read ‘Kravica’. A few minutes later, we were at the parking lot. I don’t know how we managed to navigate there in the end, but we were ecstatic!

Kravice Falls - Kollecting Koordinates

Kravice Falls - Kollecting Koordinates

It was a hot, humid day and Mother Nature graced me with her monthly gift to make things even more unbearable. Luckily, I had popped a Midol before we began the drive. While my cramps weren’t monstrous like they usually are, the flow was matching the waterfalls theme. Excuse me for the TMI. Because of this, I couldn’t go into the water with AS.

Kravice Falls - Kollecting Koordinates

AS had a blast swimming and exploring all the hidden passages. I chilled in the shade and watched our belongings, along with all the other moms who were waiting for their kids.

Kravice Falls - Kollecting Koordinates

Freaking gorgeous! Plitvice Lakes were unreal, but Kravica was magical in a different way. AS said this was, by far, his favourite destination on our Balkans trip. It was ridiculously frustrating to get to, but was it worth it? Hell yea! 

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tips

  • If you plan on driving, make sure you get an International Driving Permit (if you’re not European) before leaving your country. The officers at the Croatian/Bosnian border asked for ours; good thing we had one.
  • If you don’t plan on driving, you can hire a car to take you down to Kravice Falls from Mostar. The rate ranges from 50-70€.
  • Bring some snacks and lots of water with you to save money. Even if you don’t, there are 2-3 food stands on site if you get hungry or thirsty.
  • Bring a change of clothes, flip flops/sandals, and a towel with you. The restroom is surprisingly clean!
  • The entrance fee is around 2€ (price as of Aug 2015)- you can also pay in Kuna or Mark if you have the currency on hand.
  • Hang onto the rail (or grab someone’s arm) on the way down; some parts on the path down can be quite slippery!

 

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36 thoughts on “Chasing waterfalls at Kravice Falls

  1. I empathize- I really HATE being lost. You would think that as an avid traveler, I would be more about the journey than the destination. But I like the destination. Glad that you found yours- the falls look lovely.

    • Being lost in a foreign country is so stressful, especially in the countryside where you can’t just pull over and ask someone for directions 🙁 Thanks, Carol!

  2. Ooh I missed Kravice when we went to Croatia a few years ago. Love the photos and it looks like you had an amazing time. Thanks for all the tips – I’ve book marked for future reference!

  3. That is so beautiful! Thank goodness your spidey sense got you there (and I laughed out loud at your map issues because I’ve sooooooo been there). Great photos! If I make it to Croatia, this is definitely going on my “must see” list.

    • Thanks, Candace! I wish I got a chance to explore the falls but alas, lady issues. You’re gonna have a blast!!

    • What an awesome childhood memory that must’ve been! I’d love to take my kids there one day so they can enjoy it too but it’s so far for us 🙁

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  6. This is so beautiful! I imagine that seeing the waterfalls in person made the drive in seem like it wasn’t a big deal at all. Are there any paths or trails to hike? Or is this just a waterfall viewing and swimming day trip?

  7. Kravice looks beautiful. Plitvice always looks so crowded. This looks perfect. I empathise with getting lost! We drove in Crete recently, my first time driving abroad. If we hadn’t had a gps we would have been lost!

  8. Beautiful. I remember driving in Europe without a GPS. The roads just don’t make sense. I was whipping down the autobahn as my copilot worked the paper maps (does this date me?). All we needed to do was find a village and we could triangulate our position. I kept looking for the next town but they put the signs so close to the exit I could hardly read them. Zoom I passed by but was able to read the sign – Ausfarht. We couldn’t find it on the map so we had to wait for the next village. Lousy, late signage but what was worse it was for Ausfarht again. Surly should be able to find a village that spanned two exits but we failed again. How lost were we? Miles down the road we came to the next sign and it too was for this mysterious Ausfarht. Only when we pulled into for the night were we able to ask the concierge about Ausfarht. He said – that’s German for exit. That is why I load GPS base maps onto my phone that I can access without data anywhere in the world. You can even use Google Maps if you zoom to the right level before leaving data. The base maps stay up and you can still update your GPS position.

    • The roads don’t make sense! Can’t agree with you more on that one. That trick is really handy but for places where even Google Maps has no idea about (Bosnia lol) it’s still a headache!

  9. Oh gosh, I was considering doing a road trip myself but now I am questioning that haha. My boyfriend has good senses like you though so maybe we would be okay! How was driving throughout the rest of Europe? Gorgeous pictures!

    • Croatia was easy peasy! The roads are wide and smooth- we didn’t encounter anything too crazy. Greece was another story though, we drove in Rhodes and while that wasn’t too bad, we wouldn’t drive in Crete. You guys will be just fine! 🙂

  10. Waterfalls found like a fun thing to ‘collect’ on your travels. I laughed with the language thrown around while lost and trying to find your way. We’ve been in that situation. LOL! It is always funny……….later and not at the time! Beautiful spot. I’m glad you found it!

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