Tucked away in the middle of tea Plantations, Nyungwe Forest is the and oldest biggest mountain rain forest on the African continent with an area between 1600 and 2000 sq. meters. Nyungwe Forest is a renown Rwanda chimpanzee trekking safari destination, several other primates, variety of birds and home to East Africa’s only Canopy Walkway. This is an amazing adventure carried out in the pristine rainforest canopy where visitors take a thrilling walk in the centuries old treetops as well as birds & wildlife that habits in this Nyungwe Forest National Park.
Nyungwe Forest National Park situated in south western part of Rwanda. The park is about 255km from Rwanda’s capital Kigali with a drive time of about 5 hours’ to get there. Nyungwe Forest National park has an outstanding diversity of wildlife suitable for Rwanda wildlife safaris for example 13 species of primates, more than 300 species of birds, 85 mammals, over 1000 plant species, 32 amphibian and 38 reptile species. Many of the species in the park are endemic to the Albertine Rift region within which the forest lies.
Nyungwe Forest National Park is one of the reasons why Rwanda has become one of the top tourist destinations in the world. Nyungwe Forest National Park is not only a place for relaxation but also a place for enjoying Rwanda adventure safaris.
The adventurous canopy walk in Nyungwe Forest National Park
This canopy walk safari activity is the most preferred activity done in the park by visitors on safaris in Rwanda. Visit Rwanda and try out this activity before you die. This adventurous activity was opened in Rwanda in 2010 and it’s the only one of its kind in east Africa and the third on the African continent. This 2.4km long canopy walk way that gives tourists unique face to face meetings with the chimpanzees, butterflies, birds and the monkeys.
The canopy walk offers magnificent views across Nyungwe’s misty forest, the wonderful aerial view of trees and sighting a number of unique wildlife inhabiting the canopies as well as sights of the fantastic birds that fly across as you enjoy the walk. This bridge is suspended between huge trees with its lowest level above the forest floor. A walk up high in the forest fills tourists with freshness due to the cool air.
This canopy walk activity takes close to 2 hours from the starting point ending at Nyungwe National park headquarters at the Uwinka tourist reception center. The prominent sightings here include; the monkeys, including the blue monkeys, L’hoest monkeys, black and white colobus, the red-tailed monkeys and the birds. The minimum age for this walk is 6 years and the kids must be escorted by the adults. The cost of this activity is $60 per person paid to the reception center. More so, the activity is present throughout the whole year. The chances of rain failing are high so, remember to carry a rain coat. The hiking shoes are also vital and both of these can be rented from the reception center. The walking sticks are provided free of charge. About the difficulty, this hike is so easy and takes only 2 hours to complete it.
- Starting time of the canopy walk
8:00am /10:00am, 7 :00pm or 3:00pm
- What you should carry for the canopy walk.
1 liter of drinking water
The hiking boots
The rain Jacket
Small back pack bag
The walking stick