Cars and motorcycles
In many cases, you will only be permitted to access the site by car of motorcycle on arrival. Sometimes you will be required to carry your luggage from the car park to your camping space yourself, using a cart/hand cart. You can park the car or motorcycle in a central car park.
Most sites are accessible for small and medium-sized camper vans. You are expected to use the camper just as you would a caravan. That means that it should remain parked in the same place throughout your stay. Some sites impose size or weight restrictions. These are usually indicated in the site descriptions. We have introduced a special icon for sites which allow camper vans of up to five metres in length. This will help you select a suitable campsite.
Many sites offer separate facilities for emptying and rinsing cassette toilets (sometimes known as ‘port-a-loos’). In order to save the environment, you are requested to limit use of these toilets as much as possible and only use biodegradable products.
Some Natural Campsites are part of a larger campsite – in those cases, you may need to share the sanitary and other facilities with the campers of the other site.
Roughly half the Natural Campsites allow pets, provided they are leashed.
The noticeboard at the site entrance includes the internal rules, along with information on available spaces and information on payment (i.e. payment terms and methods).
There are several campsites for people with disabilities (see list of definitions) featuring adapted facilities. For more information, please contact the manager prior to your visit.
In some cases you will be able to book a space in advance, while in other cases you will need to book for a specific period (this applies to the Wadden Islands and some other places). For more information, please see the site descriptions.
Wet weather facilities
This refers to a covered area in which you can shelter from the rain. It may be as simple as a picnic table with an awning, or it could be an inside room with heating and cooking facilities.
Sites managed by Staatsbosbeheer (the Dutch forestry commission) accept advance bookings at www.logerenbijdeboswachter.nl. Pitches may be available even without a reservation: if so, you can check in using the automated system. Sites generally keep a pitch free for hikers (campers traveling on foot or bike). Note that payment must be made using a debit card; it is not possible to have the bill sent on. A forest warden tries to visit each site at least once a day during high season. If you have any questions you can phone the Customer Service Centre on +31 30 697 7749 or visit the website.
Spaces at the Natural Campsites are typically reserved for hikers and cyclists until 7 p.m. A number of sites are accessible to tents only (see list of definitions).
Many Natural Campsites have one or more hiker’s cabins. These are simple wooden huts which can be rented by the night. They are ideal for ramblers and cyclists who are ‘just passing through’. See www.trekkershutten.nl for details.
The Trek-in (and Trek-in Junior)
This environmentally friendly Hiker’s Cabin was developed by De Groene Koepel in association with Eindhoven University of Technology. It sleeps up to six people. The Trek-in and the Trek-in Junior can be found on several campsites throughout the Netherlands.
Duration of stay
The maximum consecutive number of nights you are permitted to stay is 28. Occasionally, you will be asked to move your tent, caravan or folding trailer during your stay in order to prevent serious damage to the grass.