The Semois is one of Belgium's wildest rivers. From May to July, the Semois is in bloom, giving us these characteristic photos of an all-white river. You're sailing on a cloud of flowers, which adds a magical dimension to a packraft trip on the Semois. A trip from Bouillon castle to the giant's tomb is an ideal loop for anyone wanting to learn about packraft.
Fauna and flora on the Semois
The Semois valley is one of the widest valleys in Wallonia, allowing more water to flow into the river. As a result, the Semois is often the last navigable river in Wallonia during periods of drought.
The Semois valley has a variety of landscapes, from craggy rocks to meandering meadows. The scenery is different with every kilometre you cover.
These stretches of river between calm waters and small rapids are the perfect habitat for numerous fish such as barbel, eels and trout. The Semois is a paradise for anglers. Birdwatchers also love the Semois. Many come to watch the grey heron, the kingfisher, the great egret, the goosander, etc. There are also several species of bird that can be seen all year round on the Semois, such as the great cormorant and the dipper.
One of the most popular features of the Semois is when it blooms from May to July. Aquatic buttercups are long green algae with a white flower at the tip. These long, whitish hairs dress up the river to give it a singularly poetic look.
Many animals can also be seen on the banks of the Semois, including deer, roe deer and the European beaver, which can be found throughout the river.
The packraft route on the Semois
The walk takes you through forests, riverbanks and picturesque spots in the Bouillon and Poupehan region. You'll discover breathtaking views such as the famous "Giant's Tomb". After a brief passage through Bouillon and its medieval castle, you'll follow the banks of the Semois before taking to the water with your Packraft. You'll cover 14 km on foot and 12 km in packraft.
The Semois in packrtaft
Going down the Semois in a packraft is the ideal way to blend in with nature. The animals don't expect any danger from the river, so they don't pay any attention to you. So don't disturb them, as long as you keep quiet and stay away from them. You can then enjoy all the beauty of this little Belgian Canada. It might be a good idea to take part in such an adventure with a nature guide, who will be able to explain the local flora and fauna and show you around. DiscoveRent offers packraft trips on the Semois with nature guides. A one-day micro-expedition in Belgium that could delight young and old alike.