Canopy Walk in Nyungwe National Park Rwanda
Nyungwe National Park canopy walk is one of the best activities for a Rwanda tour. Opened in 2010, Nyungwe canopy walk is the perfect way for tourists to walk on a suspended bridge and admire the beauty of the forest from above.
This is the best canopy walk experience ever in Africa. The suspended bridge offers very spectacular aerial views of the forests’ canopy.
The canopy suspension is a 160m walkway 70m high above the ground along the Igishigishigi trail or the Imbaraga or Umuyove trails.
To reach the canopy walk is about 2 hours from the Uwinka visitor centre starting point. All the guided walks start from the central Uwinka reception Centre, the western Gisakura entrance and the eastern kitabi centre.
The forest trails are slippery as the ground is wet and so moist making the hike challenging. The bridge is adjourned between huge trees with several bird species and wildlife all offering such fantastic views and a great experience.
Minimum age for a canopy walk experience in Nyungwe National Park is 6 years and children must be escorted by parents. To have a canopy walk experience, you can book early or pay at the reception centre. Canopy walk starts daily in the morning at 8:00am and 10:00am and in the afternoon at 1:00pm and 3:00pm.
When one fears heights, the canopy walk experience can seem to be so scary but so worth it. If you enjoy adventures and having amazing experiences in the wild, then the canopy walk should be top of the activities you choose to do in Rwanda.
It costs US$ 60 per person to participate in the canopy walk experience.
Best time for Nyungwe Canopy Walk
Canopy walk is open to tourists all year round. However, this is a tropical forest and there are very high chances of rain especially in the afternoon. The most recommended time to visit the park is between June to September when there are low rains.
The low rains makes hiking easier and therefore makes the experience better. However, if you want to combine chimpanzee trekking with the canopy walk, then the best time to see the chimps is in the months of October to February.
Though June to September is the best time to generally visit the park, it is also the high season and tourists are many in the park therefore prior booking is required.
What to carry for a canopy walk in Nyungwe
Things to carry for a canopy walk include;
- Drinking water
- Pak/wear hiking boots
- Rain jacket
- Camera and camera batteries.
- Backpack with gadgets