Wild camping is officially forbidden in Belgium. This means you’re only allowed to camp on designated campsites. Setting up your tent or hammock in the forest is not allowed. It’s also important to mention that open fires are banned completely in Flanders and all Walloon nature reserves and forests.
There are countless camp-sites spread out across the country because Belgians love to go camping. Prices for the cheapest campsites start around 7-12€ per person when traveling with a tent. Off-season it might be cheaper. Travelers with RV, motorhome or caravan will generally have to pay about 15-30€ per night for 2 persons.
ASCI – Eurocampings is a great source to find quality camping grounds throughout Europe, with 141 ASCI checked campsites in Belgium.
Bivakzones / Paalkampeerterrein:
There are 38 bivakzones or “paalkampeerterreinen in Dutch”, located in the middle of nature, closely to some long distance hiking or bicycle routes. You are allowed to camp there for 1 night if you respect the rules. Mostly there’s only room for maximum 2-3 tents and it’s not possible to make a reservation. You can find the locations of these hidden bivakzones in a good walking or cycling guide.
Welcome to my garden:
Welcome to my garden is a project for slow travelers who search for a place to put their tent and camp for the night. If you’re planning to travel by motorized vehicle, please do not contact hosts via this platform. https://welcometomygarden.org/
Camper / Motorhome Parkings:
Travelers with their RV or Motorhome can find many designated motorhomeparkings across the country to spend the night. Some of them are free, others cost about 8-21€ per day. Extra facilities are available, mostly at extra cost, however emptying your sani-toilet is mostly free of charge.
There are plenty of websites to search for these motorhome parkings or ‘camperplaatsen” as we call them in Dutch. Lately I’ve been using park4night to find a place to spend the night when I’m traveling with my campervan. https://www.park4night.com/?langage=en
Some nature parks but also regular camping grounds have cozy log cabins to rent. Generally they are for 4 people and cost around 40-50€ per night in total. The dutch word for it is “Trekkershut”.
Glamping In Belgium
In case you don’t even want to bring your own tent or caravan, you can choose one of the many cosy tipi’s, chalets, log cabins etc you can rent on the many campsites in Belgium.