Nyungwe Forest Canopy Walk
The Nyungwe Forest National Park in Rwanda is a place of incredible beauty. The park is covered mostly by thick rainforests which cover almost 1000km². These ancient forests have a unique biodiversity and are teeming with incredible wildlife, including a number of primate species, over 75 different mammals and a wide variety of birdlife.
Of course, hiking through the forest is a great way to discover it, but for a truly unique experience, why not consider a forest canopy walk. Suspended over 50 metres above the forest floor, this canopy walkway makes use of the ancient trees as well as constructed towers connected by aerial pathways. This is a remarkable way to see the forest in all its magnificent glory. A birdseye perspective not only allows you to view large portions of the forest from raised vantage points, but also makes spotting wildlife that live in the trees far easier.
In fact, many of the primates of the forest live in trees at around this height, so the chances of locating them are far greater than from the ground. It is also an excellent way to see the wide range of birdlife found here.
The walkway is over 200m long and crosses over a deep valley. Here, the mists rise from below, shrouding this ancient forest mysteriously. The trail itself, including a hike on the forest floor to get to the canopy walk, takes around two hours to complete. Remember to bring a rain jacket – this is a rainforest after all! If not, you can hire one. Guides are available to take you along and point out wildlife or you can proceed along the canopy walk at your own pace. Don’t forget your camera!