Our top tips to listen to the call of the stag in the Ardennes

We have picked the best spots for you! As you know, stags bellow from approximately mid-September to mid-October. It’s the perfect time to go the Ardennes and (re)discover this mysterious yet fascinating spectacle. This year, our teams have selected the best partners throughout the Ardennes who will be able to help you experience this unique happening. The cherry on the cake? As an Ardennes étape client, you can benefit from your advantages with each one of our partners. Don’t wait too long! Listening to the call of the stag is a very popular activity and spaces are limited.

brame du cerf en Ardenne
Photographer: Martin Dellicour

Liège province:

A VIP tour with a keeper at Forestia

Head to Forestia park where you’ll meet up with a keeper for a VIP evening. What’s on the programme? A short introduction before heading out to observe the king of our forests, followed by a question and answer session and, of course, a good meal at Forest’Bar for those who want to indulge themselves.

Practical information:

  • Language: French
  • Dates: Check the dates and times on our partner’s website.
  • Duration of the experience (excluding the meal): 2 hours
  • Minimum age: 8 years old.
  • Price: Adults: EUR 18 / Children 8-11 years old: EUR 12 / Children 12-18 years old: EUR 16
  • Meal: Optional (prices range form EUR 13 to 29).
  • How to book: Book and pay in advance (hello@forestia.be). Make sure you include the details of all participants.
  • For more information, click here.
Special offer for Ardennes étape privilege clients: As an Ardennes étape client, benefit from a preferential rate (EUR 2 discount per person) by mentioning the code ARDENNESETAPE when booking.
Venez découvrir les cerfs chez Forestia
Photographer: Martin Dellicour

Follow Vanessa to hear the stags bellow in Stoumont

Vanessa is a nature guide who is passionate about her region and its hidden treasures. With her, it’s all about improvisation! Depending on what you’re looking for, she will plan an evening just for you, finding the most beautiful spots to listen and observe.

Practical information:

  • Language: French
  • Dates: Booking required according to availability from 15/09 to 5/10/2022.
  • Duration of the experience: around 2 hours
  • Minimum age: 7 years old. Minimum 8 and maximum 15 people per group
  • Price: EUR 80 per group (up to 8 people). EUR 10 per extra adult or EUR 5 per child (7-12 years old)
  • How to book: Contact Vanessa at +32.(0)499 457204 or vanessa.autunno@gmail.com
Special offer for Ardennes étape privilege clients: As an Ardennes étape client, enjoy a cup of tea at the end of the experience upon presentation of your Activity Pass.
Vivez une expérience brame du cerf à Stoumont
Photographer: Martin Dellicour

Luxembourg Province:

At dawn, listen to the call of the stag at Chlorophylle park.

We often hear stags bellow in the evening, but did you know that they also bellow in the morning? At Chlorophylle park, they offer both options. Psst: early birds will be rewarded with breakfast. If you prefer the evening, dinner will be provided.

Practical information:

  • Languages: French and Dutch
  • Dates: In French: 24 – 25 – 26 – 27/09/2022 (morning and evening) / In Dutch: 26/09 – 1/10/2022 (evening)
  • Duration of the experience: 4 hours
  • Minimum age: 10 years old. Maximum 20 people per group.
  • Price: Morning: EUR 30 per person. Evening: EUR 35 per person.
  • Meal: Breakfast in the morning and dinner in the evening
  • How to book: Online booking and payment.
  • For more information, click here.
Special offer for Ardennes étape privilege clients: As an Ardennes étape client, receive a free soft drink or coffee per person on presentation of your Activity Pass.
Chlorophylle vous propose des balades guidées à la découverte du roi de nos forêts
Photographer: Martin Dellicour

Follow your guide in the Anlier forest

Head for one of the most expansive forests in the Ardennes, where the Tourism Office will take you to the heart of the forest to listen to the call of the stag. Begin your evening with a guided nature walk, starting from Fauvillers or Petitvoir. After that, savour some regional delicacies before continuing your evening with a walk in the woods to listen to the stags bellow.

Practical information:

  • Language: French
  • Dates: 15 – 16 – 22 – 23 – 24 and 26/09/2022
  • Duration of the experience: 6 hours (from 5pm to 11pm)
  • Minimum age: 10 years old for the “family” walks on 16/09 and 23/09. Maximum 12 people per date.
  • Minimum age: 14 years old for the other dates. Maximum 8 people per date.
  • Price: Adults: EUR 30 / Children 10-14 years old: EUR 20
  • Meal: Included in the price
  • How to book: Contact info@capsureanlier.be or +32.61 21 80 05
  • More information
Special offer for Ardennes étape privilege clients: As an Ardennes étape client, receive a small gift from the Tourism Office on presentation of your Activity Pass.
Le brame dans la forêt d'Anlier
Photographer: Martin Dellicour

A personalised walk with Olivier close to Saint-Hubert

Olivier will take care of your every need in this experience that is tailored to your wishes. The choice is yours! Together, you can create your itinerary and explore the forest of Anlier, Saint-Hubert or Fauvillers. Observe and listen to the stag and deer, as you get to know these fascinating animals.

Practical information:

  • Language: French
  • Dates: Booking required according to availability from 10/09 to 5/10/2022.
  • Duration of the experience: tailored to you, between 3.5 and 5 hours.
  • Minimum age: 8 years old. Minimum 4 and maximum 8 adults (or 12 people including children)
  • Price: EUR 80 per group
  • Meal: Optional (regional delicacies including bread, cheeses, cold meats and beer) for EUR 10 per person.
  • How to book: Contact info@maison-du-voyage.com or +32.496/21.67.66. Payment in advance.
Special offer for Ardennes étape privilege clients: As an Ardennes étape client, receive a Trek Aventure bandana on presentation of your Activity Pass.
Le brame du cerf à Saint Hubert
Photographer: Martin Dellicour

Namur province

Admire the stag in all his glory at the Domain of the Caves of Han

Choose between an evening or morning visit at the Domain of the Caves of Han. In the evening, travel through the park in a safari car by moonlight to watch stags demonstrating their power to attract females. If you prefer to listen to the stags bellow in the morning, lace up your walking shoes to stealthily observe the king of our forests.

Practical information:

  • Language: French
  • Dates: Evening visit: 16 – 17 – 23 – 24 – 30/09 – 1 – 7 – 8/10/2022 (no meal on 16/09) / Morning visit: 17 – 18 – 24 – 25/09 – 1 – 2 – 8 – 9/10/2022
  • Duration of the experience (not including the meal): between 2 and 2.5 hours
  • Minimum age: 4 years old for safari car visits and 6 years old for morning visits
  • Price: Evening visit: without meal: Children (4-11 years old): EUR 20. Adult: EUR 27. With meal: Children (4-11 years old): EUR 35. Adult: EUR 50. / Morning visit: Children (6-11 years old): EUR 22. Adult: EUR 29.
  • Meal: Optional in the evening (check the menu on our partner’s website). Breakfast in the morning (included in the price).
  • How to book: Book and pay in advance with the code PROMAREMBR.
  • For more information, click here!
Special offer for Ardennes étape privilege clients: As an Ardennes étape client, enjoy a preferential rate for your visit (15% discount), excluding the meal, by mentioning the code PROMAREMBR when booking.
Le Domaine des grottes de Han vous dévoile ses expériences à l'écoute du brame
Photographer: Martin Dellicour

Our top tips for the best experience:

  • Wear dark, warm clothes and bring a raincoat if needed
  • Stags have a very strong sense of smell: don’t wear perfume
  • Wear your walking shoes
  • Don’t forget your binoculars! Stags are observed from a distance
  • If you wish to take photos, turn off the flash
  • Don’t take a torch, it might scare the animals away. Your eyes will adjust to the dark
  • Leave your four-legged companion at home
  • Shhh! Be quiet while listening to the stags bellow so that you don’t scare the stags or deer
  • Finally, don’t forget to share your photos and experience with us! We can’t wait to hear your feedback.

Prolong the experience and book a stay in the Ardennes

We even have houses where you may be able to hear the call of the stag from the patio. Choose a holiday home on the edge of the forest or close to a clearing. That would be a true Ardennes experience!

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