Canopy Walk in Nyungwe forest national park is an adventurous tour activity that offers a spectacular views across the jungle forest of Nyungwe in south western part of Rwanda. This activity involves walking across a suspension bridge that is 70m high above the ground.
Nyungwe Forest national park is the largest rain forest in East Africa that was declared a national park in 2004. The park is a home to 75 mammal species, over 300 bird species and 13 primate species. The canopy walk is one of the highlights of any tour in Rwanda especially those that are done in Nyungwe forest national park.
The Nyungwe forest canopy walk is one of the only three canopy walks in Africa. It was opened in 2010 and visitors have continued to visit the park to take part in this adventurous activity. Visitors start at the Uwinka visitor center to hike to the canopy walk. The trek take about 30 minutes to the start point of canopy walk but the whole activity lasts up to 2 hours.
There are two shifts that go for canopy walk, that’s in the morning at 8am and 10am then the afternoon walks are at 1pm and 3pm. The canopy walk is 160m long and 70m high, this is accessible as part of a guided tour along the Igishigishigi trail or those hiking the Imbaraga or Umuyove trails.
A number of wildlife are seen along the way to Uwinka where the canopy walk begins such as L ‘Hoest’s monkeys, chimpanzees, baboons, black and white colobus monkeys, red tailed monkeys and bird species like Handsome Francolin, blue turaco, Rwenzori night jar, blue turaco and many more. While on the canopy walk, visitors are graced with amazing views of the forest canopy and the entire Nyungwe national park from above.
Visitors can enjoy the canopy walk at any time of the year but they need to carry some essentials for better enjoyment of the walk. Remember the canopy walk is in a rain forest so expect rain at any time therefore wear appropriate clothing, carry a rain coat, have good hiking shoes, carry sunscreen, insect repellant, sunglasses, drinking water and snacks, a camera and binoculars. Walking sticks are provided at the start of the trek and the minimum age for the canopy walk is 6 years with kids having adults to accompany them.