Savica Lakes – Bird Safari on the Edge of Town

Not even a lot of locals know that at the southeast end of the city there is a place officially declared a Significant Area with a Special Zoological Reserve. Maybe that’s even better, because the natural beauty of Savica Lakes needs to stay preserved, without too much human intervention. It is a system of twelve little lakes, former backwaters of the Sava River, surrounded by lush vegetation and walking paths. Here you can often come across anglers, who deserve the most credit for maintaining and protecting this unexpected piece of wilderness north from the Sava, between Most Mladosti and Domovinski Most bridges. Today, these lakes are a genuine little wildlife reserve, with special protection given to birds. There is an ornithological station, regularly hosting workshops on bird watching and preservation. Unlike the other two lakes in Zagreb, Savica Lakes are a quiet and peaceful place, without any commercial facilities, not even a concrete path. This means they might not attract a multitude of visitors, but can remain a priceless treasure for true nature lovers.

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