Golden monkey trekking safari in Uganda and Rwanda ; Golden monkey trekking is an active activity that involves tourists moving on foot into the tropical rainforest in search of the habituated golden monkeys and once found spend one hour with them in their natural habitat. Golden monkeys in Uganda are found in Mgahinga gorilla national park while golden monkeys in Rwanda are found in Volcanoes national park. Golden monkeys are endangered and the most beautiful primates that live in groups of about 60 members. Golden monkeys feed of bamboo shoots, leaves, insects, ripe fruits,
Golden monkey trekking in Uganda
Golden monkey trekking in Uganda is done in Mgahinga gorilla national park which is located in the southern region in Kisoro district. Mgahinga gorilla national park is also known for harboring the endangered mountain gorillas, animals like forest elephants, giant forest hogs, bush pigs and variety of bird species including the Albertine rift endemic birds. Mgahinga gorilla national park is a home of two habituated golden monkey trekking families which are available for trekking daily.
Golden monkey trekking in Rwanda
Golden monkey trekking in Rwanda is done in Volcanoes national park which is located in northwestern part of Rwanda in Musanze village. Volcanoes national park is also known for harboring the mountain gorillas and a home of two habituated golden monkey families that are available for trekking on a daily basis.
Golden monkey trekking experience in Uganda and Rwanda
Golden monkey trekking in both Uganda and Rwanda starts very early in the morning with a briefing at the park headquarters about the rules and regulations to follow during trekking. After the briefing, you will be allocated a golden monkey family to trek and a park guide who is conversant with golden monkey trails. Trekking of golden monkeys takes about 2 hours to 5 hours depending on where the golden monkeys are located because they are active and playful primates which like to move from one place to another in search of food. During trekking, you will follow trails of leftover bamboo leaves and once the golden monkeys are found, you will be allowed to spend one hour with them in their environment which gives you a chance to watch them play, jump up in tree branches, watch them feed, take photos and record videos.
Cost of golden monkey trekking permits in Uganda and Rwanda
Golden monkey trekking permits in Volcanoes national park costs 100 USD per person for foreign non residents while golden monkey trekking permits in Mgahinga gorilla national park cost 100 USD per person for foreign non residents, 80 USD per person for foreign residents and 60,000 UGX per person for East African citizens.
How to book golden monkey trekking permits in Uganda and Rwanda
Golden monkey trekking permits in Uganda and Rwanda can either be booked directly through Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) a government body in charge of tourism in Uganda or Rwanda Development Board (RDB) a government body in charge of tourism in Rwanda. When booking directly, you will contact the head offices in Uganda or Rwanda via email or telephone calls.
Golden monkey trekking permits in Uganda and Rwanda can also be booked through a trusted tour operator like Achieve Global Safaris where you will contact us with the date, month, year and golden monkey destination that you wish to visit. After contacting us we will check for permit availability on your dates and if there are permits available, you will be asked to make a deposit. Once we receive the payment, we will be able to purchase the golden monkey trekking permits on your behalf.
Best time to go for golden monkey trekking safari in Uganda and Rwanda
Golden monkey trekking safari in Uganda and Rwanda can be done all year round though the best time is during the dry season in the months of June, July, August, September, December, January and February because during this period there is less or little rainfall in the national parks therefore golden monkey trekking trails will be dry and passable which makes golden monkey trekking easy compared to the rainy season when the trekking trails are muddy and slippery hence making golden monkey trekking difficult.
What to pack for golden monkey trekking safari in Uganda and Rwanda
When going for golden monkey trekking safari in Mgahinga gorilla national park and Volcanoes national park, there are various items that you should pack including long sleeved clothes, hiking shoes, garden gloves, insect repellent, camera and extra batteries, long socks, waterproof rain jacket, walking stick, warm sweater, energy snacks and drinking water, back pack among others.
Golden monkey trekking safari is an exciting activity that shouldn’t be missed during your safari in Uganda and Rwanda. Golden monkey trekking can be combined with other interesting activities like game drives, boat cruise, sport fishing, horseback riding among others in Lake Mburo national park and for more information, you can contact us at Achieve Global Safaris.