Canopy Walk in Nyungwe Forest National Park, Rwanda

Going on a canopy walk is a great way to spend your time while on safari in Rwanda as it takes you an experience of Nyungwe forest, one of Africa’s oldest rain forests. Rwanda has a number of attractions to offer a visitor to Rwanda and the Nyungwe Forest canopy walk along a 200m walkway is a top and prime adventure that is worth exploring.

Nyungwe forest national park is the home to chimpanzees in Rwanda and one can combine chimpanzee trekking in Rwanda with the canopy walk making it a perfect arrangement to experience two of the top tourism activities in Rwanda. The nature canopy walk offers breath-taking views of the forest from the top of the suspension bridge and a great hiking experience through Nyungwe forest.

About Nyungwe Forest National Park

Nyungwe national park is located in South- West of Rwanda and is considered one of the oldest rain forests in Africa. Nyungwe forest is the largest forest in Rwanda and is characterized by bamboo covered slopes, dense Afro-montane forests, grasslands and wetlands. Nyungwe’s Eco system makes it the perfect destination for hiking, trekking and nature walks while in Rwanda.
Nyungwe forest national park is also Rwanda’s bird haven as 322 bird species have been recorded at the park with 29 Albertine Rift Endemics. Nyungwe forest is also home to 1,068 recorded plant species, 75 known mammal species and 13 different primate species.

Canopy walk in Nyungwe Forest

Uwinka Headquaters
The canopy walk starts at Uwinka Visitor’s center that also is the national park’s headquarters, the center features the park offices, washrooms, brochures and boards with relevant park information about hiking trails, chimpanzees and the nature of Nyungwe Forest. The visitor’s center also features a coffee shop so one can grab a cup of coffee just before they start their activities.

Before embarking on the canopy walk you meet your site guide at Uwinka who takes you through a briefing to prepare you for the experience. The site guides at Nyungwe forest national park are knowledgeable and have experience about the forest trails. The briefing can take about 10 – 15 minutes where the guide gives you an overview briefing about the park and what to expect and the rest of the information is given as you hike to the canopy walk way. Wooden walking sticks are available and given at the visitor’s center because being a rain forest, Nyungwe forest pathways are slippery and sometimes muddy so a walking stick helps with balance. The canopy walk takes about 1.5 to 2 hours long depending on the speed and stopovers along the trail.

The briefing session with the site guide ends and then begin the hike to the canopy walkway in Nyungwe forest national park which is accessed from the Igishigishigi trail which is one of the hiking trails in the park. The Igishigishigi is a beautiful trail that takes you through the thick and dense Nyungwe forest. On a cold day you experience a misty environment surrounded by the forest sounds while on a sunny day you experience sunny weather with light peeking through the dense vegetation, either way you get a magical experience in Nyungwe. At the start of the trail you mainly walk through the forest looking out for wildlife as your guide also tells you about the different tree species, as you get to the middle of the hike you enjoy stunning views of the forest hills, one can stop and even capture some great landscape photos.

Nyungwe forest national park is a bird’s haven so a keen bird watcher is able to look out for bird species, along the walk you can also lookout for wildlife and identify them with the guidance of your guide.
The arrival at the start of the canopy walkway is exciting and once there you start the walk. The canopy walkway is suspended 74 meters from the ground and is 160 meters long making the walk a thrilling and incredible encounter. The canopy walk gives one of the best view of the Nyungwe forest’s thick vegetation, rolling hills and beautiful wild flowers, being at the top gives you sort of a 360 expansive view of the rain forest.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Canopy Walk Tour in Nyungwe

What is the level of difficulty of the canopy walk?
The hike along the Igishigishigi forest trail is relatively easy and not strenuous at all. The trail has muddy slopes and steep climbs but with proper hiking shoes one can easily navigate the terrain. The level of difficulty for the canopy walk is therefore easy and manageable.

What time can I do the canopy walk in Nyungwe forest?
Being a 1.5 to 2 hours hike, the canopy walk day tour has a number of starting times. You can start the tour at 8:00 am, 10:00 am, 1:00 pm or 3:00 pm. This means that you can either choose to do the canopy walk in the morning or afternoon.

What do I need to carry/pack for the Canopy walk?
Just like any other hike we have a list of things that we recommend one carries in order to have a comfortable experience. These include hiking shoes or boots, camera and charged batteries, a rain poncho, a small back pack for your belongings and drinking water.

Our Short Tours In Rwanda that include the Canopy Walk in Nyungwe Forest National Park
2 Days Chimpanzee Trekking and Canopy Walk Tour
3 Days Rwanda Nyungwe Nyungwe National Park Tour

The canopy walk tour is a prime activity in Rwanda and has gathered popularity over the years, you can watch the detailed video below on the Nyungwe canopy walk;

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