Canopy Walkway in Nyungwe forest, a suspended above a ravine in the lush montane tropical rainforest of Nyungwe National Park, the canopy walkway provides an exhilarating perspective on the ancient treetops and wildlife experience to the clients who would wish to do something extraordinary like thrilling adventure that nature lovers and adrenaline junkies would not wish to miss out on their trip to Rwanda to visit Nyungwe National Park. Nyungwe Forest National Park shelters over 25 percent of Africa’s primate species and there’s no better way to experience them than the canopy walk through the park. It’s suspended 130 feet above the ground and stretches for 295, getting you eye level with primate species like the L’Hoest’s monkey, owl-faced monkey, black and white colobus, and the ever-popular chimpanzee. When doing the canopy walkway, you may be lucky to sight one of the above mentioned primates of the 13 primate species sighted in the park. Tree top walks give visitors an extraordinary window onto this hidden world. The walkway allows visitors to walk among the treetops and enjoy unrivalled views of the landscape below while having the opportunity to see the animals and birds that reside at those heights. The canopy walkway is accessed from the Igishigishigi trail, one of the many hiking trails in Nyungwe Forest National Park. The canopy walk tour starts at Uwinka which is also the park’s headquarters and the round trip takes from 1.5 to 2 hours long. After registering at the Visitor’s Center, visitors take on a forest trail that connects to the Igishigishigi trail. The forest walk offers a beautiful nature experience and one gets to observe wildlife found at the ground level and enjoy beautiful views of forest clad rolling hills. The canopy walk tour is a guided activity lead by an assigned park guide. Unguided tours are not permitted.
The metallic suspended bridge is 160m long and 70m high Suspension Bridge is accessible as part of a guided tour along the Igishigishigi trail, or to those hiking the Imbaraga or Umuyove trails.
Canopy walkways give you a chance to see the world from a different angle, as you’re lost into nature, at the center of the forest, where you get a great feel of the soothing fresh cool breath. Get eye-level with primates and bird species, see the forest floor from above, and test your adventurous spirit. The experience is magical, you have a great feel of doing something amazing, one of its kind.
The canopy walkways of Nyungwe National Park make its way through the canopy by way of a suspension bridge linked that gives you, excellent observation platforms. During the one and a half hour walk, keep your eyes peeled for tulacos, woodpeckers, birds of prey, monkeys and butterflies. It provides beautiful views over the thick rainforest of the Nyungwe, giving you a new perspective of the area.
The canopy walk in Nyungwe National Park offers an up-close view of the virgin jungle’s canopy and the best chance to spot number of bird species, and have a great view of the entire forest, as you see some part of the forest take up by mist. For the photography lovers, those who would wish to take a great photo of the land scape do not miss to be here on your visit to Rwanda. This canopy walk will give you a great elevation to have a tree to mist coverage.
With a naturalist guide leading your walk, explore the flora and fauna of the cloud forest as you make your way over the trees, as you take a stunning view of the forest. The canopy walk has now become an iconic activity of Nyungwe forest National Park that does not miss on Nyungwe tour itineraries.
You can do canopy walk together with chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe National Park, or combine with nature trail hike so as to explore the numerous waterfalls along the trails.
Good to know
Consider the following so as to help you enjoy your canopy walk during your tour with us.
Guided tours are US $60 per person. Participants must be at least six years of age and children accompanied by adults
What to Wear
Wear suitable footwear and take a lightweight raincoat
When to Go
The experience is open all year round, with more chance of rain in the afternoons
If you’re travelling light
It is possible to rent boots and a raincoat from the park headquarters. They can also provide a walking stick, which is handy on the steep paths. It’s a thrilling (yet leisurely) adventure.