Rwanda Destinations Nyungwe Forest National Park

Nyungwe Forest National Park, one of Africa’s most important forest conservation areas, is home to a diverse range of biodiversity, including 1,068 plant species, 322 bird species, and 75 mammal species. The majority of visitors come to this rainforest to track chimps that park rangers have acclimatized to humans. This animal encounter is less expensive than gorilla trekking but just as memorable.

In Nyungwe, hanging out with primates isn’t the only thing to do. The park also has East Africa’s only canopy walk, which is about a 90-minute hike from the Uwinka Visitor Center. You’ll walk across a 91-meter-long suspension bridge that dangles more than 50 meters above the lush rainforest, giving you a dizzying view of the distant treetops and mountains.

Do you have a fear of heights? Instead of taking a canopy tour, walk along one of the park’s 15 hiking trails for an invigorating experience that doesn’t involve fighting gravity.