The large sandy plain of the Lommel Sahara resembles a desert in miniature. But the region also has clear blue lakes, areas of heather and fragrant pine and deciduous forests. Here you can hike through cool play areas, the land-artworks by Will Beckers, the pedestrian bridge and the famous watchtower!
Tip: want to see the Sahara from a height of 30 metres? Then be sure to climb the watchtower! The ‘Giant of Bosland’ is included on all three hiking loops. The pedestrian bridge, which connects the Sahara with the Blekerheide nature reserve, is part of the orange and red routes.
Paddling (with your feet in the water) and bobbing in a boat on the Sahara is therefore not allowed either. Water puddles, but also rivers, streams and fish ponds look tempting for a refreshing dip in the summer. But there are many dangers and risks associated with swimming and bathing in those locations. For example, there can be hidden obstacles under the water, currents can put swimmers in trouble and the ecologically precious riparian zones can be damaged. Also, the water quality is not monitored. So you do not know whether the water is suitable for swimming.
If you break the rules, you risk a fine.
*Follow the brown connecting route over ‘Nieuwe Kopen’, to the starting point of the various hiking routes.
Because of the loose sand, the Sahara is very difficult to access by wheelchair or baby carriage. It is largely unpaved.
There are picnic benches and dustbins at the starting point of the walks & at the watchtower. No trash can? Bring back your own trash!
There may be hidden obstructions under the water, currents may trouble swimmers, and ecologically precious riparian zones may be damaged. Also, water quality is not monitored; therefore, you don’t know if the water is suitable for swimming. If you break the rules, you risk a GAS fine.