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Kanon Rakitnice z visocicke strany, proti proudu stredni cas.jpg
Upstream view on the Rakitnica river, squeezed in a deep narrow canyon between Bjelašnica (on the left) and Visocica (on the right).
Rakitnica is located in Bosnia and Herzegovina
CountryBosnia and Herzegovina
Physical characteristics
Main sourceZucina Vtela
Above Rakitnica village under the northwestern ridge of Treskavica mountain.
1,270 m (4,170 ft)
43°38′04″N 18°19′03″E / 43.634420°N 18.317633°E / 43.634420; 18.317633
2nd sourceConfluence of Crna Rijeka & Glibovac
2 kilometers downstream of Zucina Vrela
1,200 m (3,900 ft)
43°38′35″N 18°17′59″E / 43.6430165°N 18.2998538°E / 43.6430165; 18.2998538
River mouthThe Neretva river between Glavatičevo and Konjic
323 m (1,060 ft)
43°33′16″N 18°04′12″E / 43.5544°N 18.0700°E / 43.5544; 18.0700Coordinates: 43°33′16″N 18°04′12″E / 43.5544°N 18.0700°E / 43.5544; 18.0700
Length33 km (21 mi)
Basin features
ProgressionNeretvaAdriatic Sea
LandmarksLukomir, Stećak's UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Left:
    Glibovac, Pijevac, Velaškovac, Tušilska Rijeka, Međeđa, Grušćanska Rijeka
  • Right:
    Veliki Do, Lađevac, Kolijevka, Potoci, Zapolje, Šklope, Studenac
WaterbodiesBlatačko Lake

Rakitnica is the main tributary of the first section of the Neretva river, also called Upper Neretva (Bosnian: Gornja Neretva). It meets Neretva from the right, flowing from north to south, between Bjelašnica and Visočica mountains.


The Rakitnica river begins as Crna Rijeka (English = Black River) from "Zucina Vrela" (English = "Zuco's Wellsprings") that emerges in the areal above Rakitnica village under the northwestern ridge of Treskavica mountain, and after a short run, cca. 2 kilometers, and confluence with Glibovac creek it becomes Rakitnica. The Rakitnica river forms a 26 km long canyon, on its 33 km long stretch, carved between Bjelašnica and Visočica, southeast from Sarajevo. There is a hiking trail along the ridge of the Rakitnica canyon, all the way to famous village of Lukomir. The village, inhabited by Bosniaks, is the only remaining semi-nomadic traditional mountain village in Bosnia and Herzegovina. At almost 1,500m, Lukomir, with its unique stone homes with cherry-wood roof tiles, is also the highest and most isolated. Indeed, access to the village is impossible from the first snows in November until late April and sometimes even later, except by skis or on foot. A newly constructed lodge is now complete to receive guests and hikers.[1]


Bosnia and Herzegovina on several occasions, since 1998, was preparing to establish a large national park which, according to developed but never operationalized plans, would comprise the entire region of Gornja Neretva (English: Upper Neretva), including the Rakitnica river.[2][3]

Approach to a narrowest point in the Rakitnica canyon, called Džehenem (Hell)

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  1. ^ "BH Tourism - Rakitnica Canyon". www.bhtourism.ba. Retrieved 2 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Our view of the Hydroelectrical Power Station System "Upper Neretva"" (PDF). ZELENI-NERETVA Konjic NGO For Preservation Of The Neretva River And Environment Protection. Retrieved 2009-06-22. External link in |publisher= (help)
  3. ^ "Arguments Pro&Contra - Why Are We Contra The Hydroelectrical Power Station System "Upper Neretva"". ZELENI-NERETVA Konjic NGO For Preservation Of The Neretva River And Environment Protection. Retrieved 2009-06-22.