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National park: Kozara

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5 Hours
Availability : All year
Banja Luka
Kozara
Min Age : 0 (suitable for anyone)
Max People : 8
Tour Details

National park Kozara is located on Kozara mountain in the north-eastern part of Bosnia and Herzegovina between the Pannonian plain in the north and the Dinaric Alps in the south. The national park is bordered by the rivers Sava, Una and Vrbas. Kozara has been a national park since 1967; the centre of the park is a memorial site for the Kozara battle which took place in WWII.

Kozara National Park, one out of four in Bosnia and Herzegovina, sits at the eponymous mountain at the very northwestern part of the country which, if not yet, has to be put on your bucket list. This place is one of those that overwhelms you and meets all of the requirements that every adventurer amongst the travellers has.

National park was declared in 1967. and geographically we find it between the two urban centers, cities of Banja Luka and Prijedor (even though it’s a bit closer to the latter one).

Kozara mountain is the place which comprises the tough history of the region of Potkozarje (wider region of Kozara mountain with its cities) with a memorial center that preserves the culture of remembering with modern time activities such as hiking trails, minor ski resort, special hunting ground, trim trail, climbing site, mountain bike trails, adventure park and decent accommodation for everybody’s need.

 

Departure & Return Location

Banja Luka (Google Map)
Also available transfers from: DUBROVNIK, SPLIT, MOSTAR, NEUM, SARAJEVO (Send request for transfer)

Departure Time

09.00 AM

Price Includes

  • Tour GuideEnglish speaking local-expert mountain guide and driver.
  • Entrance fees to Kozara National Park.
  • All Transfers by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off Hotel pickup and drop-off must be arranged in advance with our staff

On request

  • Lunch - local cousine
  • Picnic snack
  • Accommodation organization

Not included

  • InsuranceTravel insurance is not included. Please buy it at home country.
  • Guide TippingTips are not included in the tour costs. If you receive excellent service, please consider tipping.
What to Expect

Kozara National Park & Monument to the Revolution
Meeting point: Banja Luka
Guide Duration: 4:00h

In our guided tour, we will take a walk through the National Park Kozara. Kozara mountain is situated in western Bosnia and Herzegovina, in the Bosanska Krajina region, bounded by the Sava River to the north, the Vrbas to the east, the Sana to the south, and the Una to the west. Its tallest peak is Lisina, and is a place abundant in greenery notable for its significant flaura and fauna. Forests of Kozara Mountain were declared the forests of historical significance on June 6, 1957 in order to preserve the memory of the epic Kozara battle.

A special emphasis has been given to the protection of natural resources, so that future generations can enjoy the beauty of the Kozara National Park ever since it was established. This is a place where you can breathe fully and do sports activities while enjoying beautiful landscapes. Mountaineering, cycling, rock climbing and skiing make your stay in Kozara complete. Marked hiking trails provide you with the opportunity to meet this mountain, enjoy its picturesque landscapes.

On request: Local cuisine, Entrances
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  • ⚡️ HIGHLIGHTS:
  • Learn the importance of NOB (Yugoslavian National Liberation Front), its role during WWII and its perception in present day Bosnia and Balkans.
  • Understand Dušan Džamonja’s narrative of the Kozara monument.
  • Explore the concept of “people” being the “molding material” of particular political will.
  • Learn reasons why Kozara monument was not only constructed by professional workers, but as well Youth Work Actions (ORA – Omladinske Radne Akcije)
  • Explore the beautiful natural beauty of the mythical Kozara mountain.
Itinerary

09.00 AMMeeting point: Banja Luka

 In the morning, more precisely at 9 AM in the morning we are picking you at your address in Banja Luka, and after some 45 minutes drive through the suburban parts of Banja Luka we shall arrive to the mountain Kozara.

2.Kozara Mountain

Marked by the famous Kozara epic, mount Kozara is rich in dense deciduous and coniferous forests, clear streams, sources of drinking water, and today, in addition to the historical aspect, Kozara attracts more and more recreationists and athletes.

Due to the optimal height, with peaks not exceeding 1000m, Kozara is an ideal air spa, suitable for the treatment of various lung diseases. Pine, fir and beech forests give a beautiful ambience.

The central place of today’s visit to the mountain Kozara National Park will be Mrakovica, a place of memorial to the fighters who died in the Second World War.

 

3.Mrakovica Memorial

The Mrakovica memorial complex itself consists of several units.

The first part of the complex is a huge staircase that stretches through a pine forest, and by rising towards the monument itself, introduces us to the story of the suffering on Kozara. The psychological preparation of a slight ascent through the shade of a pine tree is perfectly staged.

When we reach the very top of the stairs, we are greeted by the main part of the memorial, a 33m high, 8m wide, cylindrical, concrete monolith, which represents the struggle between life and death, good and evil, and the rise of partisan resistance to the enemy, back in 1942.

That year, the German occupiers, together with troops of Ustaše and Četniks launched an offensive to remove partisan forces, led by Tito, which threatened communication in an area of ​​great importance to the Axis powers. According to official data, the combined number of enemy soldiers was 40,000 versus 4,000 partisans, almost half of whom gave their lives, together with approximately 10.000 peasant civilians who aided the Partisan’s fight against the Axis.

Additionally it is estimated that an even greater number of civilians hiding in the Kozarac region were later sent to Jasenovac concentration camp, where most of them perished.

The monolith is surrounded by horizontally placed concrete slabs that symbolize the invading enemy, who fails to break through, to the vertical path to the sky and conquer life.

In the very background of the memorial, there are plaques inscribed with the names of the Partisans who died during the “Kozara Epic”. It is a large sanctum area where the walls are covered with dozens of bronze plaques, listing the names of 9,921 fallen Partisan fighters who were killed on the territories of Kozara and Potkozarje during the Kozara Offensive.

Designed by Dušan Džamonja, and officially opened in 1972 by Tito, the Kozara Memorial has become a mandatory stopping point for every citizen of Yugoslavia, and until its breakup, over a million people used to visit Mrakovica every year. 

The last part of the memorial we will visit is the Mrakovica Museum, which was also designed by Dušan Džamonja. The museum was built in the modernist style in 1973, and contains various photographs, documents, objects, items, displays and exhibitions related to the events in the offensive on Kozara.

4.Lunch Break

After a detailed exploration of the Kozara Memorial and the entire region of Mrakovica, you are given free time to enjoy the mountain Kozara. If you are hungry, restaurants nearby are an ideal solution for a light lunch of local cuisine, for coffee or tea.

5.Afternoon Return

Return to Banja Luka is planned in the afternoon. Also, since the road back to Banja Luka passes near Banja Luka International Airport in Laktaši, this tour, in case you have an afternoon flight, can be perfectly connected so that instead of returning to Banja Luka, your destination is the airport.

➡️ Activity Note: 

This day (approx. 4hrs) is dedicated to understanding the role of Tito and Tito’s partisans and Yugoslavia itself in World War II.

In addition to historical facts, the tour abounds with interesting stories that touch on local mythology, art, contemporary art, and all those fields of life whose understanding is necessary to fully enjoy a visit to the Kozara National Park.

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