Canopy walk safari | Nyungwe Forest National Park | Rwanda Canopy Walk

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Canopy Walk safari | Nyungwe Forest National Park | Rwanda Canopy Walk

Regarded as one of the most exciting adventure experiences, a canopy walk is an exciting activity where an individual goes on a treetop walk to access the forest canopy with a unique perspective view.

A canopy walk is only done in Nyungwe Forest National Park on a suspended bridge that’s 70m high above the great Nyungwe Forest. The walk is guided on a 160m long walkway making it take about 2 hours before completion.

The canopy walk is an adrenaline-filled walk that takes one through a short or long canopy walkway for a whole hiking experience.
Canopy walks require one’s patience, physical fitness, and persistence since they can be a bit slippery at times.

Suspended above a ravine in the lush montane rainforest of Nyungwe, the canopy walkway provides an exhilarating perspective on the ancient treetops and wildlife.

The 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.

A long hour’s walk to the canopy walkway from the Uwinka Reception Centre, visitors will encounter countless butterflies, orchids, and colorful birds, including many endemic to the region.

The steep forested slopes have well-maintained footpaths, which can become muddy, especially after rain thus need for raised bridges that will help you encounter primate species such as blue monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, Ruwenzori colobus, the Angola colobus, white colobus, owl-faced monkeys, and chimpanzees.

The canopy walk offers visitors an opportunity to explore the country’s awesome scenery from a bird’s eye view showing the park’s beaming landscape, breathtaking sights of forest birds, and plenty of primates during the walk on a rope bridge suspended 50 meters above the ground.

Where to go for canopy walks in East Africa?

Canopy walks in Rwanda and East Africa are conducted in one of the protected montane forests in Africa, the Nyungwe Forest National Park.

The Nyungwe forest is located in southwestern Rwanda, on the border with Burundi, where it is contiguous with the Kabira National park to the south, and Lake Kivu and DRC to the west.

Nyungwe National Park is a paradise for hikers in Rwanda; located 220km approximately six hours drive from Kigali, Nyungwe Forest National Park is enveloped with fold varying landscapes of rainforest, bamboo forests, swamps, and grasslands.

The Nyungwe forest canopy walk

The canopy walk in Nyungwe is divided into three stretches where each of the sections has a varying length. The shortest section stretches at 25 meters, followed by one which is 45 meters, and the longest at 90 meters.

No matter which stretches the visitor uses on a canopy walkway, the scenery remains fascinating and impeccably satisfying.

Nyungwe Forest National Park offers two canopy walks- the morning hike and the evening hike.
The morning canopy walk starts from 8 am to 10 am. The evening canopy walk begins at 3 pm to 5 pm daily.

The forest canopy walkway starts at the Uwinka visitor center where registration and clearing of the documents are done.

Thereafter registration you are given a guide who will believe you about the rules and regulations of the canopy walkway and then start your trip following the Ishishingishi trails of Nyungwe forest which is a 2-hour hike to the canopy walkway.

The beginning point of the trail offers a great view of the Congolese biggest island in Lake Kivu which is Ijwi Island.

In Nyungwe Forest, you will enjoy a moment of bliss as you reach the center of 200m long canopy walk where you have an aerial view of the national park, adjacent communities, and the white fluffy clouds parading in a distance.

You will watch the golden hue of the sunset with the sight of colorful bird species and butterflies flying below and above you while chanting incredible serenades.

You will also witness primate species living in the forest including chimpanzees as well as monkey species traipsing among the trees.

This adventurous activity also offers superb bird’s eye views into the overstream bed lined with rain forest tall trees and ferns whose memory you will relive again and again.

As you continue, you will connect to other trails such as Umuyove trail which offers an opportunity to see the canopy at a great view passing the Umbrella of trees with buttress roots that Chimps use in their communication.

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The aerial canopy bridge in the captivating Nyungwe forest offers the greatest opportunity to sightsee and visit the tropical forest with an aerial view of the arboreal primates such as blue monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, Ruwenzori colobus, the Angola colobus, white colobus, owl-faced monkeys, chimpanzees jumping from tree to tree.

There are a variety of butterfly species such the graphium gudunesi, zenonia-crasta, and charaxes-mafuga among others as well as the golden cats, duikers, giraffes, and buffaloes among others that make your treetop walkway in the canopy of the forest thicket a memorable one.

The Nyungwe forest offers a majestic and exciting canopy walkway that visitors from all over the universe on their honeymoon, wildlife adventure, and come to experience the sky view of the world.

What to pack for canopy walks in Rwanda?

While planning to go for a canopy walk in Rwanda, you should consider packing waterproof hiking boots, a walking stick, a raincoat, a camera and batteries, a light bag, and sunglasses.

Who is eligible for a canopy walking adventure in Rwanda?

Canopy walking is an adventurous activity that requires a person’s physical strength and a healthy body.

The restricted age groups include persons with health complications like heart problems, and lung problems, among others which can affect a visitor during hiking to the canopy.
Children below the age of six are not allowed to take on the canopy walk in Rwanda. These should be accompanied by a parent or guardian and with the guidance of a professional guide for the activity to be safe.

People that are afraid of heights or ones with acrophobia are advised not to participate in the canopy walk adventure. This is because the activity is done many meters above the ground and may cause them complications.

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Best time to go on a canopy walk in Rwanda?

The canopy walks in Nyungwe Forest can be done throughout the year.
However, the best time to go for a canopy walk would be during the dry season which is between December to March and June to September.

In conclusion

Treetop Walkway is one of the world’s most magical jungle adventures that offer Memorable and photogenic moments to visitors on their safari to Rwanda. Regards! Friendly gorillas safaris.

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