Mgahinga Gorilla Park – The Best Park for Golden Monkey Trekking
The Best Park for the One-of-a-kind Golden Monkey Trekking in Mgahinga Gorilla Park in Uganda
The Best Park for Golden Monkey Trekking in East Africa is Mgahinga Gorilla Park in Uganda. You can track the Golden Monkeys in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, or the newer Gishwati – Mukura National Park and in Virunga National Park in DR Cong. However, the best park in East Africa still is Mgahinga Gorilla Park in the southwest of Uganda.
Golden Monkeys live in the Virunga Massif, the Virunga Volcanoes, and the Mountains that cook, which is found in three countries, Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Their largest concentration (between 2,00 to 4,000) is in Uganda’s Mgahinga Gorilla Park. The number of Golden Monkey is estimated since no census has been taken for some time.
Golden Monkey Trekking can be done in three countries, but in our opinion, the very best place to do so is in the scenic Mgahinga Gorilla Park.
In Mgahinga Gorilla Park, you can combine Golden Monkey trekking with Gorilla Tracking, Volcano Climbs, Hikes, and various Hikes.
It is also the only park where you can do the longer Golden Monkey Habituation Experience, which is an all-day trek and includes 4 hours in the presence of the Golden Monkeys.
The Best Park for Golden Monkey Trekking in East Africa
The Golden Monkeys of Mgahinga Gorilla Park in Uganda
The Golden Monkeys are a rare primate species that move around the bamboo forest like they are court jesters. They have been declared an endangered species and are even protected. Their number is in decline because they are not adequately reproducing.
They weigh about 15 kilos, and their appearance attracts many admirers who come to trek them.
Golden Monkeys are attractive-looking primates with color and playful ways. You can have a hundred flit around you, above you, to your side, and even underneath you. The Golden Monkeys of Mgahinga Gorilla Park were the first to be habituated. That means that they are used to Humans and do not scamper off as you arrive. – a bit of advice is in picture-taking.
Be reminded that they move rather quickly, and you will need to set your camera on fast shutter speed due to the bamboo forest with a low light setting.
The Golden monkey Cercopithecus mitis kandti is one of Uganda’s 20 primate species. It is found in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, part of the Virunga Volcano Massive, made up of eight volcanoes, three of which are in Mgahinga Gorilla Park, where it is an endemic species only found in Uganda, Rwanda, and DR Congo. It is estimated that 2,000 to 4,000 golden monkeys remain, and no recent census has passed. They are classified as endangered species. Besides habitat reduction, they do not produce sufficient offspring for some odd and never explained reason.
The Golden Monkeys live in troops of about 100 and are led by an Alpha male. They primarily feed on bamboo shoots, various seasonal fruits, bamboo leaves, lichens, sprouts, flowers, and small invertebrates. They live in the Bamboo Forests, one of the six Afro-Montane zones on the Volcanoes, and it is the same area where Gorillas trek. Compared with other monkey species, the golden monkeys are beautiful and have bright-colored fur and long golden hair mixed with orange.
Golden Monkey Trekking Permits:
The Golden Monkey Trek permit costs $60 plus a Park Entrance of $40 for a total of $100.
Golden monkeys have to be accustomed for tourists to trek them. The Golden Monkey Habituation Experience allows you to be part of that Habituation Experience. You are in the company of Rangers and researchers and will be with the Golden Monkeys for about three hours.
The Golden Monkey Habituation Experience takes about six hours, and the trek is less challenging than Gorilla Trekking. One reason is that they do not move to build new nests each day, as do the great apes such as Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzees.
Habituating the Golden monkeys is them getting used to humans without running away but going about their daily lives. The Golden Monkey Habituation allows you to be part of that process. The longer times will enable you to take more pictures and observe other primates, birds, and wildlife.
The Golden Habituation Experience Permits cost $ 100 plus the $40 Park Entrance. If you are on a Safari with us, porter services, walking sticks, and bottled water are automatically provided.