Getting up close and personal with The Best Treetop Walks In The World.
Who doesn’t love trees? As kids we climbed them and as adults, we head to forests to bathe and find peace surrounded by them. Most of the time we are looking up at these natural beauties but not if you take one of the amazing treetop walks below. Remember to look down!
Treetop Walkway, Kew Gardens, England
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What better place to start than at the world-famous Kew Gardens in London, England? Kew Gardens was the world’s first botanical gardens and is one of the most important places on earth for the study of plants.
The Treetop Walkway at Kew winds its way around some beautiful trees including oak, chestnut and lime. The walkway itself is a beautiful design. It is 18 meters up from the ground giving you lovely views of the trees and surrounding gardens.
Kew Gardens Info: Kew Gardens
Skywalk, Monteverde, Costa Rica
Monteverde is one of our favourite places in Costa Rica. In a land where wildlife is everywhere, Monteverde stands out. We lost count of the number of different bird species we saw.
The Skywalk is a great way to see the abundant wildlife. This lush rainforest walk is literally up in the clouds because Monteverde is a Cloud Forest. You will be walking through the mist as you work your way around the five bridges.
Make sure you book a naturalist/guide when you arrive. Having an expert point out the different species makes the walk even more special.
Monteverde Skywalk Info: Sky Adventures
The Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway, Cape Town, South Africa
The Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway is located in Cape Town’s Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in South Africa. It was built in 2014 to celebrate the park’s centenary. Inspired by a snake skeleton, and informally called ‘The Boomslang’ (meaning tree snake), it is a low-maintenance, low-impact sculptural raised walkway.
The walkway begins on the forest floor, you slowly go through and over the trees to the canopy. The views are spectacular. You will see the surrounding mountains, Cape Flats and garden.
The Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway Info: Sanbi
Nyungwe National Park Canopy Walkway, Rwanda
Sitting 70 meters high and 160 meters long, the Nyungwe National Park Canopy Walkway in Rwanda is located in one of the world’s best biodiverse hotspots.
Along the walkway, you will walk amongst ancient trees and see plenty of wildlife. 13 primates live in the park so you might be lucky and spot them.
In 2019 the Nyungwe National Park Canopy Walkway was voted the world’s best canopy walkway. You are in for a treat.
Nyungwe National Park Canopy Walkway Info: Visit Rwanda
Whiting Forest of Dow Gardens Walkway, Michigan, USA
Whiting Forest of Dow Gardens features 54 acres of woodlands, ponds, apple orchards, meadows, and streams. It also has the USA’s longest canopy walk at 1,400 ft long.
This is no ordinary walkway. There are 3 branches to it. The Pond Arm, where you will have peaceful views over an ornamental lake. The Orchard Arm has a glass floor giving you a great view of the trees below your feet and The Spruce Arm which has nets you can jump into.
Dow Gardens Walkway Info: Dow Gardens
Valley Of The Giants, Western Australia, Australia
Walking through giant Eucalyptus trees some of which are over 400 years old, The Valley of the Giants walkway lives up to its name.
This Treetop Walk is designed to immerse you in the forest and leave the ecosystem untouched, the walk blends seamlessly into its surroundings, inspired by the sword grass and the tassel flower it serves to protect.
Some of the plants have origins that can be traced back 65 million years to the supercontinent Gondwana when Australia was joined with what is now Antarctica, India and New Zealand.
Valley Of The Giants Info: Treetop Walk
Iwokrama Canopy Walkway, Guyana
If you envisage Treetop walks like scenes from an Indiana Jones film then the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway in Guyana is the one for you.
It may be short at 154 meters long but don’t let that fool you. Along this walkway, you might see some of the 800 bird species in the area or monkeys and sloths hanging out in the trees.
Iwokrama Canopy Walkway Info: Iwokrama
Senda dil Dragun, Laax, Switzerland
Going from a short Treetop Walk to the World’s longest Treetop Canopy Walk. The Senda dil Dragun in Laxx, Switzerland is 1.5 kilometers long and 28 meters high.
You will walk through a thick forest that is interesting all year round. The walk also gives you fantastic views of the Alps. In the end, if you are adventurous you can get back down by taking a spiral slide. Go on, you know you want to.
Senda dil Dragun Info: Senda dil Dragun
OCBC Skyway, Singapore
The OCBC Skyway in Singapore feels like it should be in a Blade Runner film. Suspended between two Supertrees at 22 metres above ground, this 128m-long aerial walkway offers marvellous opportunities to capture that postcard-worthy shot of the Gardens’ lush surroundings, set in the heart of downtown Marina Bay.
There are more than 200 plant species here, including orchids, vines and ferns. It is best to visit at dusk as the lights of Singapore start coming on. The OCBC Skyway is a must-visit when you are in Singapore.
OCBC Skyway Info: OCBC Skyway
Hainich Canopy Walk, Germany
The Hainich Canopy Walk is located in the UNESCO World Heritage Hainich National Park in Germany.
The Canopy Walk winds along a length of 530 m from the lower crown section up to the tops of the primaeval woodland canopies. Visitors can explore the Canopy Walk on their own or with a guided tour by a ranger or voluntary national park guide.
Hainich Canopy Walk Info: Hainich Canopy Walk
The Forest Tower, Camp Adventure, Zealand, Denmark
This is a treetop walk with a difference. The award-winning Forest Tower in Denmark is an impressive site. It is 45 meters high and 900 meters long. From the top, there are 360-degree views of South Zealand and the forests of Gisselfeld.
Each time you have walked one round in one of the 12 circles towards the top, you will discover that the nature around you changes along with the architecture. From the top, on a clear day, you can see all the way to Copenhagen and Malmö, more than 50 kilometres away.
The Forest Tower Info: Camp Adventure