Tropical waterfall walks in Nyungwe Forest
Nothing beats the serene of walking quietly alongside nature, encountering wildlife and birds along the way is a superb adventure that you don’t want to miss while visiting Nyungwe forest national park, the Waterfalls hike is simply a breathtaking and rewarding adventure experience with exceptional encounters and sights, visitors discover a lot more of the hidden treasures in the mist-covered Nyungwe forests that feature magical views of the beautiful Isumo waterfalls. Isumo is a local Kinyarwanda word that means waterfall that stands between tree ferns, saplings, verdant vegetation, on 17 meters high above sea level with water pouring down to produce beautiful misty plumes a rocky river surrounded by mosses, herbs, and lichens enhancing a very stunning scenery to marvel at.
Upon arrival at the magnificent falls you will immerse yourself into the cool moist air while enjoying the sounds and callings of beautiful birds, frogs, and insects, while you’ve descended to the outlet river below the falls, standing on wet rocks close to the bottom of the falls with sprays of waters from the falls pouring on you, watch thrillingly the flowing river surrounded by beautiful colored butterflies and this will give you a wonderful feeling of connecting deeply with nature. You may also opt to take a short walk to the picnic bench overlooking the falls in a distance of 50 meters, and there catch an amazingly great moment to enjoy the fascinating scenic views while you take a sip of your refreshing drink and a light snack.
The most popular Waterfalls hike in Nyungwe National Park gives visitors an incredible hiking experience of roughly 4 to 5 hours round trip to Isumo Waterfalls, through the most densely vegetated and steepest rain forest ravines following the Isumo waterfall trail that offers sights of beautiful flora and fauna. From certain highly elevated vantage points on your Waterfalls hike in Nyungwe National Park, you are able to get clear views of Lake Kivu and the far sights of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Isumo waterfalls walking trail is such a rewarding trail with countless encounters, that strolls through tea plantations, dense forest ravines covered with beautiful wildflowers, and the lush rainforests giving hikers a remarkable experience to watch numerous bird species, there is an opportunity to sight the exceptional Rwenzori turaco that is amazing to see, a variety of butterflies, you can observe from a close range the great primates of Nyungwe such as the Angolan black and white Colobus monkeys, usually seen in large troops, Vervet monkeys, silver monkeys from the treetops and thickets among others.