Golden Monkey Tracking
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
Don't Miss the Golden Opportunity while in Uganda to track the Golden Monkeys
The golden monkey (Cercopithecus mitis kandti) are rare and unique and like its great ape relatives-the mountain gorillas- the golden monkeys can only be found in three countries -Rwanda-Congo- and Uganda in the foothills of the Virunga Volcanoes. They weigh 10 to 25 pounds, have a golden body, cheeks and tails with black limbs, crown on their heads and tail end. They are a sub-species of the blue monkey and are found in the bamboo forests of the Virunga Volcanoes.
The number of Golden Monkeys has never been established, yet researchers feel that they are in decline and in the protected areas are not on the increase like the Mountain Gorillas. They face the same difficulties as mountain gorillas through encroachment by people, snares set for small antelopes, people entering their habitat for firewood and other things.
Most people come to Uganda to seek out the region's famous gorillas. But the little cousin - the Golden Monkey offers a Golden Opportunity since they are nearby.
Golden Monkey tracking costs a fraction of the price of Gorilla tracking but offers a most enjoyable time to with these delightful creature. Like Chimpanzees and mountain gorillas - the golden monkeys have been habituated - meaning that they are used to humans and will go about with their daily lives while you are there.
At Mgahinga Gorilla National Park you are escorted by guides in small groups and hike to the montane bamboo forest in the foothills of the majestic volcanoes.
Golden Monkeys are a bit harder to catch on camera - but use fast shutter speed and low light since you are in a dense forest and it should work out alright.
Golden Monkey tracking is a lively experience, not to be missed by those desiring to track Chimpanzees and Gorillas in Uganda. The viewing is kept to an hour and you get a close up look at the golden monkeys in their natural habitat. You can see them frolic in the bamboo forest, mothers carrying their children, feeding on bamboo leaves and totally at ease while you are there.
Don't Miss this "Golden Opportunity" to see the Golden Monkeys.
Activities at Mgahinga Gorilla Park:
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