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Into the wilderness - immerge yourself in belgian wilderness amongst deer & owl

4.67 (3 reviews) Verified Dilsen-stokkem, Flanders, Belgium

About this campspace #s004351

Your host

Cara

Are you up for a rugged camping experience? Then this is for you!
Located on a privately owned 2ha forest in the middle of a nature reserve. Accessible only on foot as you must leave the car about 200m away. Immerge yourself in Belgian wilderness amongst deer and owls.

Please note there is only space for a 2person tent, hence the limitation on number of people. Also there is no possibility for a campfire. Experienced campers though, know how to use a gas stove safely, so that is fine. If you are more people, or really want a campfire, you can check out the other Campspace on the adjacent property about 0,5km from this one.

Many walking trails are accessible right on the doorstep, ranging from short strolls in the surrounding forest to a 70km long distance trail. The surrounding hills are also a favourite for mountainbikers.
If you want to mix in a bit of adventure there is a watersport centre only 10 minute drive away.
When you have a chance to stay in the area a little longer, you might also want to do cultural activities. Perhaps visit the small cosy city of Maaseik (15min) with beautiful old buildings and a rich history. There you find the oldest pharmacy in the country and lots of restaurants to spoil yourself a little. Please don’t hesitate to ask for tips. Guided tours are possible when pre-booked.
Also a short distance away you can hike or go cycling next to the river ‘Maas’ where you might spot wild horses or cattle that roam freely there. At ‘De Wissen’ you can book a ‘whisper boat’ tour. It is an electric small boat in which you can silently move over the water and enjoy the beautiful sounds of nature and spot plenty of birds.

But if you just want to stay in your camping spot of peace-fullness with a good book, that is also a fantastic option!

If you’re on a long distance trail and arrive on foot, you will probably need drinking water. This I can provide you, just send me a message in advance. There are no facilities at the Campspace. Please don’t leave toilet paper in or on the ground and take it with in a rubbish bag.

For longer stays : Grocery shops and restaurants are 10 min drive away, but also possible to reach on foot or bike.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

See you soon!
Cara

Space for

  • Tents

Facilities

  • Drinking water
  • Toilet
  • Shower
  • Pets allowed
  • Campfire possible
  • BBQ
  • Picnic table
  • Electricity
  • Phone charge
  • Gas (stove)
  • Sportsgear
  • RV Sanitation
  • RV Hookup
  • Hot water
  • Hot tub
  • Sauna

Things to do in the area

  • TIP Bring binoculars to spot birds and other wildlife
  • TIP Try a guided walk with a ranger. If interested message me in advance to book.
  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Wildlife watching
  • Sightseeing

Your host, Cara

4.67 (3 reviews)

After having worked in South Africa for 5 years as a nature guide doing walking safaris in pristine wilderness areas, I knew when I moved back to Belgium, I had to find a place to live close to nature. And boy did I ! I found a hidden gem in the middle of a nature reserve. The house was build in 1958 by a true nature lover, and I now feel like the luckiest girl in the world that I get to live here. It is so beautiful and unique that I simply must share it with others.

Reviews

Scout Julian About the scout program

Tell us about your experience
No running water, no toilet, no commodities, no fellow campers... just oneself and nature. That is how I would define this camp space.

Let's start with the location: the camp space is located in a private patch of land in a beautiful forest nearby the Hoge Kempen national park in the Belgian Limburg. It is so isolated that finding the exact location of the camp space proved challenging. That, however, was a small price to pay for the strong sensation of isolation that one feels once at the camp space.

The camping spot itself is small in size (space for a two/three people tent), a few square meters of leafy and branchy ground surrounded by a dense mesh of shrubs and a network of tall trees whose canopy provide shelter from the elements and add to the atmosphere of remoteness. The area is so quiet that during the day the sounds of birds and insects flood the air in a way that reminds of the soundscape of a rainforest. It gets even quieter at night, when only the sounds of some flying insects, small rodents and the marvellous dung beetles wandering between the leaves on the ground can be heard. If lucky, maybe the sound -and sight- of bigger animals like deer or boars. I recommend bringing some mosquito repellent with you, and maybe a tick remover tool just in case.

When it comes to activities, I found this camp space fantastic for wandering around some of the paths that can be found around the area -narrow trails barely walked on that twist up and downhill- listening to the sounds of the forest and observing the subtle but hectic life it hosts -specially at dusk and dawn, when its inhabitants are more active- and sitting down -either at the camping spot itself or somewhere deeper in the forest- to read a book, write a journal or just relax doing nothing at all.

Cara, the host, was responsive before and during my stay. She offered to provide water and visited me the morning after my night stay. During her visit we talked about the forest -where she also lives, in an adjacent piece of land where she has another camp space- and what her vision behind this camp space was. She even gave me the choice to stay more time if I wanted, as she was expecting no more guests that day.

All in all, my experience with this camp space felt great and I completely recommend it to all of those that.

July 2021

Valerie

Tell us about your experience
This place is just what we were looking for and we were thrilled to find someone like Cara willing to share her piece of haven with us. We had a whole bush for ourselves, and spent the evening and the night surrounded by trees. The place is also filled with private walking trails. Cara was super friendly and came by to give us some tips. There is a trash bin and fresh water bottle near the gate of the next door property. Even though it is close to a motorway we could still sleep peacefully hearing the sounds of birds and trees.

I give a 5 stars because the place is very nice (but people have to be aware that there is no toilet etc.)

September 2020

Evy

Tell us about your experience
The contact with the manager was very smooth and pleasant.
The description was complete and correct.
For campers who camp in a very basic way and who like to be somewhere without even 1 person around, you can really stay here.
I would like to do it again in the winter period (in the summer I am clearly too attracted to mosquitoes)

August 2020 · Translated from dutch

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Rules

Please respect the fact that it is a nature reserve. Don’t litter, do not remove trees, plants or flowers, don’t play music. Please take any rubbish with you. Unfortunately, due to the rugged forest terrain, there is no option for a fire pit as it would be too dangerous.
And most importantly, enjoy! :-)

Checking in and out

Check-in between: 1:00 pm–7:00 pm
Check-out between: 6:00 am–12:00 pm

Into the wilderness

Arrival allowed on: Monday to Sunday
Departure allowed on: Monday to Sunday

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Into the wilderness

Tents
Photos
3
Max. people
3 ×
Pitches
1

Camping in the middle of a nature reserve - back to basics

  • Drinking water

Minimum number of nights: 1
Maximum number of nights: 3
Child price applies from this age: 0
Children's price up to this age: 12
Arrival allowed on: Monday to Sunday
Departure allowed on: Monday to Sunday

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