Gornje Podunavlje Special Natural Reserve

Gornje Podunavlje Special Natural Reserve

In the northwest part of the Bačka District in Vojvodina, along the left Danube River water-front, bounding with Hungary and Croatia, there is the rare preserved flooded complex of irregular long shape, the Special Nature Reservation of “Gornje Podunavlje” as the unique example of genuine and intact nature. Along the neighboring Croatia bank of the Danube lies the “Kopački rit” Nature Park, while in the north, the Special Nature Reserve of Gornje Podunavlje borders with the Drava National Park, creating together one of the largest swamp surfaces in Europe. The International Committee of the UNESCO program “Man and Biosphere”, had decided on its session in Paris in 2017 to include the Biosphere Reserve of “Bačko Podunavlje” in the list of the World biosphere reserves. The “Bačko Podunavlje” Biosphere Reserve stretches on the area of 176.635 hectares on the territories of the Municipalities of Sombor, Apatin, Odžaci, Bač and Bačka Palanka and contains four protected nature areas.

The Special Nature Reserve of Gornje Podunavlje comprises two large swampy areas – Monoštor and Apatin, which together cover 19605 ha of forests, meadows, and swamps, including the Danube river itself and its meanders. The Gornje Podunavlje Special Nature Reserve is home of 51 mammal species, 248 bird species, 50 fish species, 11 amphibian species, 9 crawler species, immense number of invertebrates, of which distinguish themselves more than 60 day butterflies, more than 1000 plants… Among the most important rare fauna species of this area, the most characteristic are the white-tailed eagle, black stork, ferruginous duck, wildcat, otter, European badger, as well as the biggest population of red deer in Serbia. The abundance of swamps, cracks and canals rich in plant and animal life, the area of Gornje Podunavlje Special Nature Reserve represents the premium amenity for variety of tourist programs. The Fruška Gora National Park and the Gornje Podunavlje Special Nature Reserve have been awarded with the Europarc Federation European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Brussels in December 2014.

The „ Karapandža“Eco Center of the Gornje Podunavlje Special Nature Reserve works daily for visitors from 10,00 till 18,00. Services provided to visitors by the Karapandza Eco Center of the Gornje Podunavlje Special Nature Reserve : walks along marked hiking trails without guide, 2 – 3 hours 250 RSD per person ; walks along marked trails with guide 100 RSD for adults, 50 RSD for children, guide rental 3.420 RSD, time to be agreed, minimum 2 hours ; boat rent for rowing 288 RSD per hour ; boat rent for rowing 2.335 RSD per day; motor boat rent 8.239 RSD per day; canoe rent 250 RSD /hour; canoe rent 600 RSD/day; bicycle rent 150 RSD/hour; bicycle rent 350 RSD/day

Nearby, edging the Gornje Podunavlje Reservation surface, there are few villages known for their exceptional cultural identity and the touristic and traditional well-preserved folklore values. Those villages in the close vicinity of “Gornje Podunavlje” Special Nature Reservation surface – Bački Breg, Bezdan, Bački Monoštor and Sonta are picturesque settlements where Croats, Serbs, Hungarians, Romanians, Roma and other nationalities live side by side, preserving and proudly presenting their customs and providing tourist services – comfortable accommodation and tasty food. Those lovely villages in west of Vojvodina are known for their diversified cultural identities and the touristic and folklore values, especially vivid in their colorful folklore costumes.

Palić Lake and Gornje Podunavlje Nature Reserve Team Building