This is a day tour that starts from Tirana and will take you to the beautiful city of Shkodra in Albania from where you will have the chance to kayak Lake Skadar. As you kayak through Shkodra lake and River Buna you will have the chance to learn more about the biodiversity of the lake, its birdlife, and the amazing Water Lilly Flowers.
We start at 07:00 from Tirana and expect to reach Shkodra after 2 hours. Once in Shkodra, we head to Shiroka village to prepare our gear and start our Kayak tour.
Our guide will give an orientation tour of how to use the kayaks and what to expect while on tour. Safety and security while on tour and life vest application will be part of the briefing as well.
After the orientation tour, we start paddling our kayaks for about 2.5 km and head toward the western part of the lake to visit the water lilies fields. The area is very special because it is the place where the only bird colony of whiskered terns Albania,370 pairs,(Chlidonias Hybrida) lays their nests.
The water lilies are another beautiful natural habitat that helps the nesting process of these birds. During our tour, we will be careful not to disturb the area where the whiskered terns built their nest.
Nearby we will stop for a short explanation from our birdwatching guide about the Skadar/Shkodra Lake, its ecological values, and the biodiversity of the area. We continue paddling toward Buna bridge while beginning to pick up speed and navigate nearby fishnets.
Skadar lake and Buna River are considered protected areas because of a rich variety of birds which have made this ecosystem their home. The Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida), the Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus Crispus), and the Water Lilies (Nyphar Lutea and Nymphaea Alba) adorn the Skadar lake ecosystem. As we paddle through Buna River, we can see on our left side Rozafa Castle which dates back to the 4thcentury BC.
As we stop to take some photos of the castle our guide will serve us freshly made Mojitos which will be lowered to us from Buna Bridge.
Our tour continues as we paddle below the bridges connecting the city of Shkodra with its nearby villages. Our next stop will be a short coffee stop where we can get some snacks and fruits.
After a 30 min break, we will leave our kayaks and drive back to visit Rozafa Castle. The castle has been reconstructed several times during its life where major reconstruction that has withstood the time date back to the 13thcentury onward. While visiting the castle we can enjoy the views over Buna, Kiri, and Drini Rivers flowing in the vicinity of the castle.
At the end of the tour, we will return back to Tirana. NOTE: until mid-June, this tour is possible only during weekends
We can pick you up at your hotel in Tirana or in front of the National History Museum in Scanderbeg Square
07.00 AM-Return Details/ Drop-offExpect to be back in Tirana at 17:00 PM