Golden monkey trekking in Uganda and Rwanda; Golden monkey trekking is an active and adventurous activity where visitors move on foot into the tropical rainforests in search of the habituated golden monkeys and once found spend one hour with them in their natural habitat. Golden monkeys in Uganda are found in Mgahinga gorilla national park which is located in southern part of Uganda in Kisoro district and in Rwanda golden monkeys are found in Volcanoes national park. Golden monkeys are active and playful primates that live in groups of about 30 members and feed on bamboo leaves, shoots, ripe fruits, wild insects among others.
Golden monkey trekking in Mgahinga gorilla national park and Volcanoes national park starts very early in the morning with a briefing about the rules and regulations to follow during trekking. After the briefing, you will start trekking in the forest following trails of left over bamboo shoots and leaves. Golden monkey trekking takes about 30 minutes to 5 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 different bird species, other primates, plant and tree species among others and 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 more about their behaviors, habits, what them feed, play in tree branches, take photos and record videos to show people back home.
Cost of golden monkey trekking permit in Uganda and Rwanda
Golden monkey trekking permit is a legal card that is issued to any visitor above the age of 15 years allowing him or her to visit a habituated golden monkey family and spend one hour with them in their environment. A golden monkey trekking permit in Volcanoes national park Rwanda costs 100 USD per person for all nationalities while a golden monkey permit in Mgahinga gorilla national park Uganda costs 100 USD per person for foreign non residents, 80 USD per person for foreign residents and 60,000 UGX per person for East African citizens.
A golden monkey trekking permit in Mgahinga gorilla national park costs 140 USD per person for foreign non residents, 110 USD per person for foreign residents and 120,000USD per person for East African citizens.
How to book golden monkey trekking permits in Uganda and Rwanda
Golden monkey trekking permits in Uganda and Rwanda can be booked through a trusted tour operator like Achieve Global Safaris where you will contact us 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 golden monkey permits available on your preferred 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.
Best time to go
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 also known as the peak season in the months of June, July, August, September, December, January and February. During the dry season access roads to the national parks and golden monkey trekking trails will be dry and passable which makes trekking easy compared to the rainy season when golden monkey trekking trails are muddy and slippery.
What to pack for golden monkey trekking safari in Uganda and Rwanda
There are a number of items to pack for your golden monkey trekking safari in Uganda and Rwanda including hiking shoes to keep your feet dry, garden gloves, face mask, long sleeved shirt and trouser to keep you warm, insect repellent to protect you from biting insects, warm sweater, waterproof rain jacket and poncho to protect you from rainfall, camera and extra batteries to take photos and record videos, a pair of binoculars, back pack to carry your trekking items, walking stick among others.
Golden monkey trekking is an interesting activity that shouldn’t be missed during your safari in Uganda and Rwanda. For more information about golden monkey trekking, do not hesitate to contact us at Achieve Global Safaris.