Almost every tourist on an Africa safari is interested in Uganda Rwanda gorilla trekking safaris because it is the most sought Africa wildlife safari activity done by the many. However, it is not satisfying to only do a gorilla safari Rwanda to trek gorillas (enjoy Rwanda gorilla tours) and not visit the famous Nyungwe National Park Rwanda for either a chimpanzee trekking safari Rwanda or a Nyungwe canopy walk safari.
Tucked away in the middle of tea Plantations, Nyungwe Forest is the and oldest biggest mountain rain forest on the African continent with an area between 1600 and 2000 sq. meters. Nyungwe Forest is a renown Rwanda chimpanzee trekking safari destination, several other primates, variety of birds and home to East Africa’s only Canopy Walkway. This is an amazing adventure carried out in the pristine rain-forest canopy where visitors take a thrilling walk in the centuries-old treetops as well as birds & wildlife that habits in this Nyungwe Forest National Park. Nyungwe Forest National Park Rwanda situated in southwestern part of Rwanda. The park is about 255km from Rwanda’s capital Kigali with a drive time of about 5 hours’ to get there. Nyungwe Forest National park has an outstanding diversity of wildlife suitable for Rwanda wildlife safaris for example 13 species of primates, more than 300 species of birds, 85 mammals, over 1000 plant species, 32 amphibian and 38 reptile species. Many of the species in the park are endemic to the Albertine Rift region within which the forest lies. Nyungwe Forest National Park is one of the reasons why Rwanda has become one of the top tourist destinations in the world. Nyungwe Forest National Park is not only a place for relaxation but also a place for enjoying Rwanda adventure safaris.
The adventurous canopy walk in Nyungwe Forest National Park
This canopy walk safari activity is the most preferred activity done in the park by visitors on safaris in Rwanda. Visit Rwanda and try out this activity before you die. This adventurous activity was opened in Rwanda in 2010 and it’s the only one of its kind in East Africa and the third on the African continent. This 2.4km long canopy walkway that gives tourists unique face to face meetings with the chimpanzees, butterflies, birds and monkeys. The canopy walk offers magnificent views across Nyungwe’s misty forest, the wonderful aerial view of trees and sighting a number of unique wildlife inhabiting the canopies as well as sights of the fantastic birds that fly across as you enjoy the walk. This bridge is suspended between huge trees with its lowest level above the forest floor. A walk up high in the forest fills tourists with freshness due to the cool air. This canopy walk activity takes close to 2 hours from the starting point ending at Nyungwe National park headquarters at the Uwinka tourist reception centre. The prominent sightings here include; the monkeys, including the blue monkeys, L’hoest monkeys, black and white colobus, the red-tailed monkeys and the birds. The minimum age for this walk is 6 years and the kids must be escorted by the adults. The cost of this activity is $60 per person paid to the reception centre. More so, the activity is present throughout the whole year. The chances of rain failing are high so, remember to carry a raincoat. The hiking shoes are also vital and both of these can be rented from the reception centre. The walking sticks are provided free of charge. About the difficulty, this hike is so easy and takes only 2 hours to complete it.
- Starting time of the canopy walk
8:00am /10:00am, 7 :00pm or 3:00pm
What you should carry for the canopy walk.
1 litre of drinking water
The hiking boots
The rain Jacket
Small backpack bag
The walking stick
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