Golden monkey trekking in Uganda and Rwanda;  Golden monkey trekking is an active and adventurous activity that involves tourists moving  on foot into the tropical rainforest in search of the golden monkeys and once found spend one hour with them in their natural environment. Golden monkeys are unique and endangered primates that are found in Mgahinga gorilla national park in Uganda and Volcanoes national park in Rwanda. Golden monkeys live in the lower slopes of the mountains, live in big troops of about 30 to 60 members and they are interesting and playful creatures that feed on bamboo shoots, leaves, ripe fruits and wild insects.

Golden monkey trekking in Uganda

Golden monkey trekking in Uganda is done in Mgahinga gorilla national park which is the smallest national park in Uganda located in southwestern part of Uganda in Kisoro district. Mgahinga gorilla national park is a home of two habituated golden monkey 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 Musanza village.  Volcanoes national park is a home of two habituated golden monkey families which are available for trekking on a daily basis.

Golden monkey trekking in Uganda and Rwanda
Golden monkey trekking in Rwanda

Golden monkey trekking experience

Golden monkey trekking is an active activity that starts early in the morning with a briefing about the rules and regulations to follow during trekking. After the briefing, you will be allocated an experienced park guide and start trekking in the forest following trails of leftover bamboo shoots and leaves. Golden monkey trekking in Uganda and Rwanda takes about 30 minutes to 4 hours depending on where the golden monkeys are located because they like to move from one place to another in search of food. During trekking, you will be able to view other primate species, view different plant and tree species, view variety of bird species among others. Once the golden monkeys are found, you will be allowed to spend one hour with them in their natural habitat which gives you an opportunity to learn about their behaviors, watch them feed, play, jump up in tree branches, take photos and record the beautiful moments to show people back home.

Best time to go for golden monkey trekking in Uganda and Rwanda

Golden monkey trekking in Mgahinga gorilla national park and Volcanoes national park 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. During the dry season, there is less rainfall in the park therefore access roads and golden monkey trekking trails will be dry and passable compared to the rainy season when the trails are muddy and slippery which make trekking difficult.

Cost of golden monkey trekking permits in Uganda and Rwanda

Golden monkey trekking permits in Uganda cost 100 USD per person for foreign non residents, 80 USD per person for foreign residents and 100,000 UGX per person for East African citizens while a golden monkey trekking permit in Rwanda costs 100 USD per person for all nationalities.

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 by contacting the park headquarters 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 with the date, month, year and golden monkey destination that you wish to visit. After contacting us we will check for permit availability and if there are permits available on your desired dates, you will be asked to make a deposit for the permit. Once we receive the money, we will purchase the permits on your behalf and send you a scanned copy of the receipt as confirmation. Booking golden monkey trekking permits through a tour operator is the best option to use in that we will not only purchase permits on your behalf but also organize your golden monkey trekking safari which involves accommodation, transportation, services of an experienced driver guide, other activities to engage in after golden monkey trekking and other destinations to visit during your safari.

What to carry or pack for your golden monkey trekking safari

There are a number of items to carry for your golden monkey trekking safari including hiking boots to keep your feet dry, long sleeved shirt and trouser to keep you warm, waterproof rain jacket to protect you from rainfall, packed lunch and drinking water to keep you hydrated, walking stick to give you support, insect repellent to protect you from biting insects, camera and extra batteries to take photos during the one hour with the golden monkeys, back pack to carry your trekking items among others.

Golden monkey trekking in Uganda and Rwanda
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Golden monkey trekking is an exciting activity that can be combined with other interesting activities like gorilla trekking in Uganda or Rwanda for breathtaking and unforgettable memories. For more information about golden monkey trekking in Uganda and Rwanda, do not hesitate to contact us at Achieve Global safaris.

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