CAVING IN BELGIUM
Information, addresses, access to caves
VERBOND VAN VLAAMSE SPELEOLOGEN (= Flemish Caving Federation)
Broekstraat 23, B-3001 HEVERLEE
Tel.: +32 (0)16 23 78 99
Fax.: +32 (0)16 22 74 96
This site features a list of all Flemish Clubs and their addresses.
Remark: Dutch-speaking. However, English or French are commonly spoken/understood
UNION BELGE DE SPELEOLOGIE (= Walloon Caving Federation)
Avenue Arthur Procès, 5 - 5000 Namur - Tél. : 081/23 00 09 - Fax :
081/22 57 98
Remark: French-speaking. Dutch or English are NOT commonly spoken or
LIST OF CLOSED CAVES IN BELGIUM
You'll find a list in the Pages of the UBS. It gives the access regulations,
addresses etc. Here's the URL:
STAYING IN BELGIUM
Of course, as in any country, there are lot's of hotels, campings, bunkhouses
etc. I won't even try to give you an overview here. But, to help you a bit:
check out this link: http://www.speleo.be/ubs/
and look in the section "Services", "Refuge"
It gives you some typically "caving" bunkhouses (self-catering). They're
all located in the heart of our caving areas.
Although Belgium is a small country, we have over a dozen caving shops. Strangely
enough, most of them are located in the Northern Part of the country, where
there are no caves!
One of the biggest and best is:
Plezantstraat 11, B-9220 HAMME
Tel.: +31 (0)52 47 85 22
Fax.:+31 (0)52 47 98 80
In this shop, the guy in charge (Rudi) is actually a very good and active
caver, so he knows what he's selling and what's it worth in a cave.
Some other shops are: KARIBOE (Leuven & Hasselt), ANDANTINO (Turnhout),
Please stay away from the latest trend: the "adventure superstores": they
sell lot's of junk, much too expensive, and most salesmen have
never seen a cave or mountain from nearby. The names of these stores sound
pretty English to me (of course, I can't spell it out here - they'd kill
me!), so be aware!