August 21, 2017

Bison trail open again

From Friday, September 1st reopens to public again. The herd is frequently seen from the trail, because the European bison visit the open dune area a lot. The European bison is part of the European Big Five. It's a unique opportunity to see the animals in the Kraansvlak. Made possible by PWN and ARK Nature.

The footpath, easily recognisable by the yellow-marked poles, is about 3 kilometres (3280 yards) in length and runs through the western part of the Kraansvlak. Some parts consist of dune sand, so the path is part of the nature area. The path is located in a resting area and therefore it is forbidden to go off track. By keeping between the marked poles, nature won't be disturbed and it is most likely you'll see the animals displaying their natural behaviour. Just make sure you keep a distance of at least 50 meters and do not disturb the animals, when you have a ‘meet and greet’ with the herd.

Six calves were born this year, an extra reason to visit the area. Don't forget to take your binocular!  

The bison trail is an unpaved sandy path, inaccessible for wheelchairs and strollers. You can enter the path from different point.

A beautiful outdoor exposition can be seen from September 1 onwards. It’s displayed next to the path from parking area Koevlak and ‘t Wed lake in Overveen near Visitor centre Kennemerduinen. Ranger Ruud Maaskant shows you in 20 images life of the European bison in the 10 years Kraansvlak.


Dawn of the Bison. Foto: Jasper Doest