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Les règles du bivouac en France

Camping Sauvage and bivouac in France
How to know ?

Bivouacking is the favourite activity of long-distance hikers. Synonymous with freedom, no need to book refuges, however, to fully enjoy this activity, a little knowledge of the rules of bivouac in France is required.

Difference between bivouac and wilderness camping

Although bivouac is obviously a wilderness activity, there is a big legal difference with the practice called wild camping. 

Bivouac is allowed wherever it is not prohibited. Wild camping is forbidden everywhere it is not! 

It's hard to know where to start, isn't it? 

Bivouac is a temporary camp in an undeveloped area. It is generally practiced while roaming, over several days, in the middle of nature and in a remote area. 

The regulations specify that only one night in the same place is allowed, that the camp must be of minimum size and that this activity must be practised from sunset to sunrise. 

Wilderness camping is generally practised closer to civilisation, often accessible from the road by people with a vehicle and staying several nights in the same place