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Protection status: Special nature reserve Uvac

Administrator: Rezervat Uvac d.o.o., Svetog Save 16, Nova Varoš +381 33 64 198; Srbija Fund for protection of birds of prey "Beloglavi sup",


Contact the Head of the ranger service in Nova Varoš for the license to fish and hunt, for information on events, as well as organizing tours, boat rides and a tour of the cave with a guide, which is necessary due to the fact that the terrain is quite demanding: Nebojša Popović+381 33 64 198 or +  381 64 867 47 06 and Obućina Marko ranger service-  +381 64 8674702

Rebronja Mesko – the coordinator of the ranger service and touring for SRP Uvac Sjenica, +381 64 8674715, +381 63 8329598

Info points:


Dam Rastoke near Uvac lake – from this point you can take a boat for cruising the canyon, and visit the caves.




Markova ravan – Sjenica - from this point you can take a boat for cruising the canyon, and visit the caves.





Zlatarsko lake info point Kokin Brod – big info centre near Kokin brod is still in the preparation stage.




Founded: a part of it was protected in 1971, then extended in 1995.

Coordinates: N 43°27' 34'' and E  19°54'53''

The protected area covers the gorge and meanders of the river Uvac and its tributaries, the river Veljušnica, Kladnica and Tisovica. It is located in southwest Serbia and covers a territory of 7543 hectares in the municipality of Nova Varoš and a part of the municipality of Sjenica. Besides the gorge, the area covered includes the lakes Uvačko, Zlatarsko and Radoinjsko. The Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus) presents a special value of this area, with a significant colony which is the largest on the Balkans. The special nature reserve „Uvac", a natural protected area of great importance, ie. Natural resource of the first category is put under protection primarily to preserve and multiply the Griffon Vulture, the largest bird living in Serbia. The reserve consists of intact habitats, the presence of endemic, relict and endangered plant and animal species, that are of a particular importance for biodiversity and geodiversity, and therefore for the development and promotion of potential tourist reserves.

Wider area:

Zlatibor – N 43°38'53", E 19°40'44" - the most popular mountain among Serbian tourists, located in southwest Serbia. This area is well known for its large areas covered by pastures and rural communities.Mokra gora (Wet Mountain) – also known as Kustendorf, is an ethnic village located on the border between the mountains Zlatibor and Tara. It was built according to a design of a famous director Emir Kusturica for the shooting of his film. In this neighborhood there is also a ski slope Iver. It is suitable for seminars and conferences and is well-known for ts film festival „Kustendorf".



Golija – N 43°17'24", E 20°19'19" - special Biosphere Reserve – Golija is a mountain in southwest Serbia, west of Raška, whose highest peak is Jankov Kamen (Janko's Stone) (1.833 m). it is located 40 km southwest from Ivanjica and 32 km north from Novi Pazar. This mountain probably got the name due to its size – golema (huge). The vastness, harsh climate and dense forest are the reasons that locals often say: „ne zna Golija šta je delija"(Golija doesn't know what a delija (hero) is). The mountain is difficult to cross without an off-road vehicle or a horse, so it is hard to spot a hiker around this area. The highest point of the mountain is the flattened, unobservable Janko's Stone, 1833 meters high. According to tradition, two brothers, Rajko and Janko made a bet to see who would get a sizeable rock on the top of Golija faster. Rajko was carrying his stone quickly and near the top tripped and dropped it into the stream. Janko carried his stone slowly, but got safely to the top. This is why the top of Golija is called Janko's Stone. The Goverment of the Republic of Serbia, on July 2001, passed a decree that put the area of mountain Golija under the protection as "Natural Park Golija" and in the first category of protection as a nature resource of great importance. The borders of the park were precisely defined and they include the municipalities of Ivanica, Kraljevo, Raška, Novi Pazar and Sjenica – a total area of 75.183 hectares, within which are areas of the first, second and third degree of protection. One of the things provided in the territory of the Natural Park Golija is the regulation and infrastructural commissioning of the space for tourism and recreation. The Natural Park Golija is under the care of a public enterprise "Srbijašume". That same year, a biosphere reserve was defined under the name of Golija-Studenica on boundaries slightly different from the park, but with the internationally recognized status within the UNESCO MAB program.

Zlatar - N 43°24'32", E 19°47'33" - Zlatar (Golo brdo 1.627 m) is a mountain in the southwest part of Serbia. It is situated between the rivers Lim, Uvac, Mileševka and Bistrica. Zlatar belongs to the Dinarides which continue towards the sea.                                                                                                                                                                                                 


  • II degree of protection on the whole area of the Special Nature Reserve.  
  • A protection zone is determined around the reserve in the areas of the municipalities of Nova Varoš, Sjenica, Prijepolje and Ivanjica, with the area of about 1130 km².

International protection status:

  • IBA – Important Bird Area


The flora is represented with 730 species of plants, with a high proportion of endemic, medicinal and edible species. Of all the registered taxa, three species are of international significance, three are on the IUCM Red List, 25 taxa are under the control of collection, use and trade.


The Special Nature Reserve ''Uvac'' emphasizes the presence of about 110 species of birds, 90 of which are nesting birds, 48 rare Serbian birds, while 50 species were classified into categories of internationally endangered birds. Among the most important is the Griffon Vulture – one of two remaining species of vultures that are now nesting on the territory of Serbia. Ichtyofauna consists of 19 species, of which the salmonide species were determined to be naturally rare. The fauna of mammals consists of 25 species, 14 of which belong to the naturally rare species of Serbia. 10 species are found on the international lists of endangered species.

Geology, geomorphology and hydrology:  this area is rich with karst surfaces with numerous karst formations: karst surfaces, bays, valleys, rock shelters, caves and sinkholes. The caves in the territory of the Special Nature Reserve ''Uvac'' are characterized by abundant speleothems formed by precipitation from continually dripping water to form stalactites, stalagmites, columns, draperies, transparent needles, etc...


The area of Uvac is characterized by a zone of moist temperate continental climate, with an average annual rainfall of 700-950mm, and 98 days of snow. The average annual temperature ranges from -4,6ºC to 17,7ºC, while relative humidity varies from 71 to 85%.

Traffic and communication:

Uvac canyon can be reached by car via Ibar motorway, after that via Čačak, Užice and Nova Varoš or you can go via the Ibar motorway – Valjevo – Debelo brdo Tara - Čajetina- Nova Varoš, thus avoiding a significant part of the Ibar motorway.