Posted on 28/04/2021

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Wander through the sky among treetops on some of the world's best forest canopy walkways

Canopy walkways can be amazing, they allow travelers an alternate perspective on their destination. You are eye-level with birds and all kinds of other animals in an eco-friendly manner. If you want adventure with the feeling of being on top of the world, try some of these canopy walks around the world.

Canopy walkways can be amazing, they allow travelers an alternate perspective on their destination. You are eye-level with birds and all kinds of other animals in an eco-friendly manner. If you want adventure with the feeling of being on top of the world, try some of these canopy walks around the world.

Nyungwe National Park Canopy Walkway, Rwanda

Nyungwe National Park Canopy Walkway, Rwanda © atosan / 123RF

This canopy walkway in Rwanda's Nyungwe National Park is nearly 70 meters (230 feet) high. Walk along 160 meters (525 fett) of suspension bridges and metal platforms, taking in the magnificent views along the way. From all the way up here, you can spot 13 primate species, including chimpanzees and an infinite number of birds, butterflies and so much more. To get to the canopy walk, you must first hike for roughly an hour down the Igishigishigi trail, and it is accessible on a US$60 guided tour. You can also use walking sticks, which are offered before the tour starts, this may be a good idea as the trail is often muddy from rain.

Redwoods Nightlights, New Zealand

Redwoods Nightlights, New Zealand © Roman Slavik / 123RF

For a fairy-like experience, try visiting Rotorua in Zealand. As night falls in the redwood forest on the North Island comes alive with light and magic. You begin by taking a gentle walk up a winding ramp that will lead you to the first platform, there are 27 in total and they are all connected by secure, swinging bridges. You will find yourself 20 meters (65 feet) in the air above the fern-covered forest floor. You will also be surrounded by the earthly aroma of redwood trees, which is enhanced by the mood-lighting from the lanterns suspended in the air. To add to the wonder, there are also holograms of whales to celebrate the breadth of New Zealand's diverse ecosystems. If you're lucky, you might see a nocturnal kiw bird. Redwoods Nightlights costs about NZ$30 (US$20), and is open from dusk.

Daintree Discovery Centre Aerial Walkway, Queensland, Australia

Daintree Discovery Centre Aerial Walkway, Queensland, Australia © FiledIMAGE / 123RF

We all know that Australia is known for its dangerous creatures roaming around, so what better way to discover a rainforest than by doing it from the air? You'll find yourself 11 meters (26 feet) above ground and you can look for tree-kangaroos, and at the same time you know you've made the sustainable decision as you are not disturbing the root system below you. A 23 meter (75feet) tower also takes visitors above the canopy, a truly unique sight to see in Australia. An AU$37 (US$28) ticket grants access to the entire Daintree Discovery Centre for seven days, which includes the canopy walkway and tower.

Treetop Walk Bavarian Forest, Germany

Treetop Walk Bavarian Forest, Germany © Pavel Huspeka / 123RF

This beautiful canopy walk is 1,300 meters (4,265 feet) long and goes as high as 25 meters (82 feet). Visitors wander through several different types of trees before they reach the 42 meter-tall (144 foot) observation tower Baum-Ei. This canopy walk is accessible to everyone, whether you are in a wheelchair or have small children in pushchairs. Entrance fees are 11 euros during hours that range throughout the seasons, though always opening at 9.30am.

Monteverde Sky Walk, Costa Rica

Monteverde Sky Walk, Costa Rica © Dmitry Burlakov / 123RF

The Monteverde Sky Walk in Costa Rica allows visitors to explore the rainforest but also to experience the breadth of biodiversity from 72 meters (230 feet) high. You can find naturalist guides that can help you to look out for monkeys, toucans and the rest of Costa Rica's abundant flora and fauna. It costs US$41 to take one of the many guided departures that leave daily. There is another Sky Walk at Arenal.

Tahune Airwalk, Tasmania, Australia

Tahune Airwalk, Tasmania, Australia © Cherryhai / 123RF

In 2019, Tasmania was ravaged by bush fires, but luckily enough, Tahune Airwalk wasn't too badly hit, meaning they could reopen by the end of 2019. It is a Unesco World Heritage site that you can observe from 30 meters (100 feet) above the forest floor and 50 meters (165 feet) above the Huon River. The walkway is 619 meters (2,030 feet) long, which is accessible to wheelchair users. It costs about AU$29 (US$22) and takes less than an hour to complete. The Airwalk is open 10am to 4pm daily.

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OCBC Skyway, Singapore

This unusual canopy walkway in Singapore is bound to capture your attention. OCBC Skyway is within the Gardens by the Bay. They are an excursion of the country's unique approach to industrial design. The canopy is between 25 meters (82 feet) and 50 meters (164 feet) high and the walkway itself just below at 22 meters (72 feet). From this vantage point, you can admire Singapore's beauty from the Marina Bay Sands to the panoramic views of the gardens. It costs S$8 (US$6) to access the Skyway, which is open daily from 9am to 9pm, but it's most crowded from 5pm to 8.30pm when the light and sound displays come alive.

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