Best Places for Golden Monkey Trekking are in Uganda and Rwanda
Uganda – Rwanda – the best and safest Places for Golden Monkey Trekking
For the Best Places for Golden Monkey Trekking -Don’t Miss the Golden Opportunity to track the Golden Monkeys in Mgahinga Gorilla Park in Uganda or Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, they are also found in the new Gishwati – Mukura National Park – but not habituated for visitation presently.
Golden Monkeys live in the Virunga Massif, the Virunga Volcanoes, the Mountains that cook which are found in 3 Countries, Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The largest concentration of them in Mgahinga Gorilla Park.
Golden Monkey Trekking – the very best places to do so – in our opinion Mgahinga Gorilla Park is the winner – you can both track the Golden Monkeys and Gorillas here – it is also the only park where you take the 4-hour Golden Monkey Habituation Experience which is an all-day trek and includes 4 hours in the presence of the Golden Monkeys.
Golden Monkeys can also be seen in Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Park is however closed until at least December 31-2018 for security and safety reasons.
There are only three countries where you can see the endangered Golden Monkeys in the wild and there are only about 5000 remaining in the Virunga Volcano Chain commonly called the Virunga Massif.
The two safest and Best Places for Golden Monkey Trekking are Uganda and Rwanda. The prime destinations for Golden Monkey Trekking are Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda where you can do a Golden Monkey Trek and spend one hour with the Golden Monkeys or on a Habituation Experience where you are with the Monkeys for four hours along with researchers and trackers and your personal guide from Uganda Wildlife Authority.
The Golden Monkeys, are a rare primate species, but they have been given more attention by researchers and by Visitors to Mgahinga Gorilla Park in Uganda and Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda who love tracking them.
Golden monkeys are small in size around 15 Kilos, get their name from the long golden hair on their backs, and move around the bamboo forest like they are court jesters.
They have been declared an endangered species and even protected their number seems to be declining.
Golden Monkey Trekking in both Uganda and Rwanda takes a bit of effort but is a lot easier than Gorilla Trekking and you will enjoy your Time with the charismatic Monkeys of Uganda and Rwanda.
Golden Monkey are simply attractive looking primates with color, their playful ways, and since these have been habituated – they are used to Humans and do not scamper off as you arrive – a bit of advice is in picture-taking – they move rather quickly and you will need to set your camera on fast shutter speed and due to the bamboo forest on a low light setting.
Mgahinga Gorilla Park is a small Park with many activities including Golden Monkey Trekking that you can do here.
It is done on the three Virunga Volcanoes and you are one hour with the monkeys – this is half-day activity in the park.
The Monkey tracking is done in the bamboo forests of the Volcanoes which is close where the mountain gorillas are also found in Mgahinga Gorilla Park.
There are 80 plus Gorillas with one habituated gorilla group – while well over 400 Mountain Gorillas, the largest concentration of the Gentle Giants is found in nearby Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
Mgahinga Gorilla Park is only 3 hours from Kigali and just over an hour from the Southend of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Golden Monkey Trekking was first offered in Mgahinga Gorilla Park in Uganda.
Golden Monkey Habituation Experience – Uganda:
The Golden Monkey Habituation experience begins with your orientation and then you are of with your Uganda Wildlife Authority Guide up into the bamboo forest where you join researchers and trackers that are habituating a group of about 100.
For this habituation Experience, it is recommended that you have a daypack, hiking boots, long trousers, long-sleeved shirt – a packed lunch – two liters of water, a hat and anything else you might like.
You return down from the Volcanoes in the afternoon after been with the Golden Monkeys for four hours or longer.
The Golden Monkey Habituation Experience is only offered in Uganda. It can be combined with the Gorilla Habituation and Chimpanzee Habituation Experience.