Golden Monkey Trekking in Uganda and Rwanda at Mgahinga and Volcanoes National Parks.
Golden monkeys are rare and unique primate mammals that are found in the volcanoes massif national parks which are shared by three African countries. Such as Mgahinga gorilla national park in south western Uganda, volcanoes national park in Rwanda, Virunga national park and Kahuzi Biega national park in Congo.
Golden monkeys live together in harmony with the mountain gorillas in Uganda and Rwanda, these endangered creature are playful and extremely interesting when travelers meet them. The golden monkeys are found of demarcating their territories and living together in big numbers is common thing about these primate mammals such as groups of about 30 members. They are always feeding on bamboo shoots, fruits in the forest, leaves, shrubs as well as wild insects. Trekking the golden monkeys is easier compared to trekking the mountain gorillas since golden monkeys live in lowland areas and they are known of living evidence behind which can be followed while on a golden monkey trekking in the park although they are found of moving from one place to another.
Where to go golden monkey trekking in Uganda and Rwanda
Mgahinga gorilla national park
In Uganda golden monkey safaris are done in Mgahinga gorilla national park the only place you will find these unique endangered species. The park is the only place where gold meets silver due to fact that Mgahinga national park harbors mountain silverback gorillas that live in high altitude areas of the park as well as the golden monkeys which are found in the lowland areas of the park.
Just like gorilla trekking experience, golden monkeys in Mgahinga gorilla national park start with a morning briefing at 7:00 am and trekking takes about 2 to 4 hours or more due to fact that they are found of moving from location another to another to such for food as well as playing with one another as one of their lifestyle behavior.
Travelers are allowed to spend one hour with the golden monkeys group once allocated as they enjoy taking photos and videos with these stubborn and playful creature in their territories as well as learning about their behavior pattern of life in the jungle.
Volcanoes national park
Volcanoes national park is another best spot destination for the golden monkey trekking safaris. The park is located in Musanza village in north western region of Rwanda and it approximately 2hours drive from Kigali international airport. The golden monkeys are spotted on the slopes of Sabinyo Mountain and the habituated golden monkeys are open for tourism throughout the year.
The golden monkeys in volcanoes national park also starts with briefing at the head quarter offices of the park where travelers are told about the expectations, the dos and don’ts as travelers go trekking the golden monkeys,. The trekking experience takes two hours or even more and travelers are allowed to spend only hour with the golden monkey’s community as they observe their feeding lifestyle and pattern of life.
What is the cost of golden monkey trekking permit?
This is a document that is issued by the governmental tourism bodies in Rwanda and Uganda that allows travelers to trek the golden monkeys in any of the national park where golden monkey trekking is done.
In Uganda the golden monkey trekking permits are sold at the Uganda wildlife authority headquarters offices in Kampala and in Rwanda the golden monkey trekking permit are sold at Rwanda development board only.
The permits can be booked directly from the headquarter offices or you can contact a tour operator to assist you book a golden monkey trekking permit without putting in much hustle. When you book permit with a Tour operator, they will as well assist to organize the entire golden monkey trekking safari to any of your preferred destination and they advise to customize the safari with other activities that will earn you exception experiences while on your safari. Please contact Trots and Safaris Uganda Limited, Ugandan safari expert that will organize for you an incredible golden monkey trekking safari. Our offers are inclusive of transportation, accommodation, golden monkey trekking permit as well as activities that can supplement your safari in jungle.
For all travelers planning to enjoy the golden monkey trekking experience we advise you that you make advance booking before the dates prior to travel, this is done for proper planning , preparations and due to fact that golden monkey trekking permits are on very high demand thus they get sold out very fast especially in the peak season. Although permits can be booked at the park headquarter reception.
Best time to go golden monkey trekking safari.
Although golden monkey trekking is open to travelers throughout year, the best recommended season to trek the golden monkeys is during the dry season in the months of December to February, June to October when there is little rainfall that is expected, and when the forest trails are dry and passable. During the rainy season the roads and forest trails are wet, muddy and slippery thus making the golden monkey trekking difficult.
Golden Monkey Trekking in Uganda, Golden Monkey Trekking in Rwanda