Rwanda Gorilla, Chimpanzee Tours and Canopy Walk Experience
The Nyungwe National Park provides another set of optional activities which include the Canopy Walk in the Forest as well as chimpanzee. Rwanda is known for its wonderful gorillas located in the northern part of this small country and specifically in Volcanoes National Park found in the Virunga Ranges shared between Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo. Rwanda boost of ten gorilla families which are located in volcanoes that include Mgahinga, Karisimbi, Bisoke, Muhavura and Sabyinyo side of Rwanda
Nyungwe Canopy walk is approximately a two km walk to and from. The actual canopy walk is around 170 meters. You have to walk to the starting point and then after the walk, you walk back again. The walk starts with briefing by one of the guides at Nyungwe National Park headquarters and then you proceed to the forest.
There is a lot to see on this walk which includes several primates and birds plus many tree species. When you eventually reach the real starting point, you then start your hike on a trail hanging and connecting one hill to another.
It has been written that on this canopy walk you get to see several birds and primates but the truth is that when you start this walk, the aim changes immediately and many concentrate on completing the walk rather than viewing attractions in the forest. Walking on ropes and aluminium bars way high up there is so challenging that when clients complete this walk, they cerebrate so much.
While on this canopy walk, you are advised not to look down as you may instead become scared. All you need to do is concentrate, look forward and remain focused to complete the walk. Nyungwe canopy walk is such an experience so unique and is next to trekking gorillas if you have the guts to do it.
Proceed for chimpanzee trekking. This experience avails to you a variety of wildlife forest species like butterflies, birds and primates of the forest such as the L’Hoest’s monkey, grey-cheeked manageable are often sighted. The birding here is spectacular likely species may include; Giant horn bills, great blue turaco, red-breasted sparrow hawks are amongst the specials, of which 24 are endemic to this section of the Rift Valley.
Continue for gorilla trekking tours in Volcanoes National Park. The gorilla group that you will visit will depend on the assignment of travelers to the seven habituated gorilla groups. Park rangers have already left to locate the 12 habituated Gorilla groups that are accessible to visitors. You will be assigned to a specific group of gorillas.
Groups of trekkers will have a maximum of 8 visitors per gorilla family. Your trek will vary in length depending on which gorilla group you have been assigned to and will commence at about 7,000 feet of altitude in the upper terraced slopes of the volcano. Soon you will enter the forest of bamboo and thick undergrowth. In the forest you will be allowed at least an hour in the presence of these gorillas.