Rwanda beating the impossible itinerary – Canopy walk in Nyungwe

I was on a flight from Nairobi to Kigali along with a friend. We were seated on separate seats. As soon as we reached Kigali airport my friend came running to me with a face full of excitement. A passenger sitting next to her told her that we shouldn’t miss the Canopy walk.

Rwanda Village kids

From here onwards our travel plans in Rwanda have changed dramatically. We only had 3 nights in Rwanda so we had to plan our time carefully.

I called our travel agent to check if it’s possible to add the canopy walk to our itinerary. Her response (and let me quote her) that it was “Impossible”! Let’s just say that a few hours later we found ourselves at the Nyungwe Forest ready for the canopy hike.

Beginning of the hike

Nyungwe Forest National Park is almost 5 hours away from Kigali and we would need another 6 hours driving to reach our next destination. We had to wake up super early to hit the road but it was totally worth it.

The first suspension bridge (short one)

Nyungwe National Forest

Nyungwe National Forest is home to over 1000 species of creation. This national park is also the largest tropical afro Montane rainforest east or central Africa. It is a rainforest that receives over 2000mm of rain each year. The forest also feeds both the river Congo and the River Nile with water.

We looked so tiny in this massive green forest

Canopy Walkway

This canopy walkway is 60 meters above the ground. It is East Africa’s only Canopy Walkway. The views were incredible and so refreshing to see the massive forest. Even though I’m not completely comfortable around heights but I would highly recommend the experience. I’m so glad we added the canopy walk to our short trip to Rwanda.

Nyungwe Forest National Park