The Savannah in national park De Zoom-Kalmthoutse Heide

Type: single day hike
Length: 12km
Region: cross-border national park ‘De Zoom – Kalmthoutse Heide’
Parking: parking Hazenduinen – 1e Verdelingsweg 6, 4645 RT Putte

De Zoom – Kalmthoutse Heide, is a cross-border park on the Belgian-Dutch border. The park extends over 37.50 square kilometres and is largely covered with heath. There are plenty of marked circular trails making it easy to discover this, surprisingly little known, national park.

We chose to combine the ant trail (wandeling mier/6.5km) and the hare trail (wandeling haas/4.6km).

As mentioned, both of these walks are perfectly marked. Even the connection route is marked (with a footsteps icon).

Wandelkaart van wandelpad mier (6.5km) + wandelpad haas (4.6km)

The map above is taken from grensparkzk.be.  The entire map with all of the marked trails is available here or here. The entire list with a short description (in dutch) of these walks can be viewed also on www.gresparkzk.be/wandelen

Grenspark de Zoom – Kalmthoutse Heide (hiking, wandelen, wandelroute)
Starting at the parking area of Hazeduinen, the ant trail goes first through forest.

Caution: If you plan to hike both the ant and the hare trail, then this open area is where you need to leave the current trail and follow the connection trail until you see the signs of the second trail.
Grenspark de Zoom – Kalmthoutse Heide (hiking, wandelen, wandelroute)
The hare trail
 Caution: If you plan to hike both the ant and the hare trail, then this open area is where you need to leave the current trail and follow the connection trail until you see the signs of the second trail. The hare trail
The hare trail
Wandeling in nationaal park grenspark de zoom kalmthoutse heide
When you finished the hare trail, you’ll need to take the same connection trail (mark with the footsteps icon) to get back to the ant trail.

Wandeling in nationaal park grenspark de zoom kalmthoutse heide
Now we are back on the ant trail. Before we head back in the direction of the parking, the trail goes trough the open area. Very nice views on this part.
Wandeling in nationaal park grenspark de zoom kalmthoutse heide
A wonderful view before we get back into the forest to walk the last 2 kilometers back to the parking of Hazeduinen.

So that was our first hike in the national park De Zoom – Kalmthoutse Heide. It’s very likely we’ll come back here soon to see what the other trails in this park still have to offer.

Our gps trail: