After a few quiet kilometers between beaches and beautiful cliffs, the first rapids and of course the famous Charlemagne rapid are there. Once recovered from your emotions, first break under the Pont d’Arc, a natural arch of more than 50 meters, unique in the world classified as a major site of France. A few more kilometers and you pass the stop sign, the last exit point before the nature reserve of the Gorges de l’Ardèche. The Tiourre stream on your left, known for its translucent basins, marks the official entrance to the nature reserve.
The best rapids, beaches and exceptional panoramas are linked in a wild and preserved nature conducive to disconnection. Still some efforts to reach the bivouac of Gaud or Gournier in the heart of the nature reserve.
The bivouacs are indicated by signs. At your disposal; drinking water, sanitary facilities with showers, barbecues with free access (charcoal being provided by the reserve). You have the possibility when booking your bivouac tickets online to book tents 2 seconds, cozy tents for 6 people or marabout tents for even more comfort. The bivouacs are managed by the reserve of Gorges de l’Ardèche, you will find on site agents in charge of the maintenance of the premises but also there to exchange and share their knowledge of the Gorges de l’Ardèche with visitors. Interpretive panels on the fauna and flora characteristic of the Gorges de l’Ardèche have recently been installed.
It is important to respect the place, therefore alcohol is prohibited on site, as well as fires outside the barbecues, remember to respect the tranquility of the bivouacs by limiting noise. Composters have been set up for green and food waste, but you will have to bring your other waste back to the arrival point in Sauze. Plan to take reusable water bottles rather than plastic water bottles, reusable cutlery and as little packaging as possible.
A night in the bivouac of Gaud or the bivouac of Gournier is a timeless experience in the middle of nature.