Golden monkey habituation experience in Uganda

Golden monkey habituation experience in Uganda; Golden monkey habituation experience is an active and adventurous activity where the wild golden monkeys are trained to get used to human presence for trekking. Golden monkey trekking in Uganda is only done in Mgahinga gorilla national park which is the smallest national park in Uganda located in southwestern region in Kisoro district bordering with Virunga national park in Congo and Volcanoes national park in Rwanda.

Golden monkey habituation experience

Golden monkey habituation experience is an interesting activity in Mgahing gorilla national park that starts very early in the morning with a briefing about the rules and regulations to follow during trekking. After the briefing, you will join a team of researchers, park guides, rangers and start trekking in the jungle following trails of leftover bamboo shoots, leaves which takes about 2 hours to 5 hours depending on where the golden monkeys are located because they are active primates which like to move from one place to another. During trekking, you will be able to view other primate species and once the golden monkeys under habituation are found, you will be allowed to spend four hours with them in their habitat which gives you an opportunity to learn and monitor their behaviors, watch them jump up in trees, watch them carry out their daily activities like feeding, playing, breastfeeding, take photos and record videos to show people back home.

Cost of golden monkey habituation permits in Uganda

Golden monkey habituation permit is a legal card that is issued to visitors above the age of 15 years allowing them the visit the golden monkey habituation family and spend four hours with the golden monkeys in their habitat. Golden monkey habituation permits in Mgahinga gorilla national park cost 140 USD per person for foreign residents, 110 USD per person for foreign residents and 120,000 UGX per person for East African citizens.

How to book golden monkey habituation permits

Golden monkey habituation permits in Mgahinga gorilla national park can be booked through a trusted tour operator like Achieve Global Safaris where you will contact us with the date, month and year when you wish to trek the golden monkeys. After contacting us we will check for permit availability on your preferred dates and once there are permits available, you will be asked to make a deposit for the permit. When payment has been made, we will be able to purchase the permits on your behalf and send you a scanned copy of the receipt as confirmation.

Best time to go for golden monkey habituation experience

Golden monkey habituation experience in Mgahnga gorilla national park can be done all year round though the best time I during the dry season  in the months of June to September and December to February because during this period there is less rainfall in the park therefore vegetation will be thin which allows you to have clear views of the golden monkeys and golden monkey trekking trails will be dry and passable which makes trekking easy compared to the rainy season when the trails are muddy and slippery which make golden monkey trekking difficult.

What to pack for golden monkey habituation experience in Uganda

There are a number of items that you should pack when going for your golden monkey habituation experience including hiking shoes, insect repellent, long sleeved shirt and trouser, energy snacks and drinking water, waterproof rain jacket, warm sweater, walking stick, camera and extra batteries, backpack, face mask among others.

Golden monkey habituation experience in Uganda
Golden monkey habituation experience in Uganda

Where to stay in Mghainga gorilla national park

Mgahinga gorilla national park has a number of accommodation facilities ranging from budget, midrange and luxury where you can stay during your golden monkey habituation experience including Lake Mulehe Safari Lodge, Mgahinga Gorilla Triangle Lodge, Amajambere Iwacu Community Camp, Lake Chahafi Resort, Mucha Lodge, Travelers Rest Camp, Travelers Rest Hotel, Mutanda Lake Resort, Mount Gahinga Lodge, Lake Mulehe Hotel, Kisoro Tourist Hotel, Mount Gahinga Rest Camp, Mubano Hotel, Montana Guest House among others.

How to get to Mgahinga gorilla national park

Mgahinga gorilla national park is located in southwestern part of Uganda and can be accessed by road transport means where travelers will drive from Kampala via Masaka, Mbarara, Kabale, Kisoro and then to the park headquarters which takes about 9 to 10 hours’ drive.

Mgahinga gorilla national park can also be accessed by air transport means where travelers will book scheduled or charter domestic flights with Aerolink Uganda or Bar Aviation from Entebbe international airport or Kajjansi airfield to Kisoro airstrip and then connect to the park headquarters by road.

Tourists can also access Mgahinga gorilla national park from Kigali Rwanda where you will fly to Kigali international airport and then connect to the park headquarters via Cyanika border in Kisoro or Katuna border in Kabale which takes about 3 to 4 hours’ drive.

Golden monkey habituation experience is an interesting activity that can be combined with other activities like gorilla trekking, Batwa cultural tour, guided nature walk, mountain climbing, bird watching among others. You can contact us at Achieve Global Safaris for more information about golden monkey habituation experience in Uganda or visit our website for affordable Uganda safari packages.

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