Best places for golden monkey tracking in Africa – These endangered primates in Africa can only be found in the Virunga region and that is Rwanda and Uganda and can be best viewed in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda and Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda.
Golden monkey tracking activity is more similar to Gorilla and Chimpanzee tracking and one is required to take a walk in the forest to track them. Golden monkeys are lively and they are always on the move hence someone doing the trek has to put in some effort while tracking them. They are small in size and move fast through the bamboo shoot as they rummage to look for food. Golden monkeys live in communities of about 30 members and they like to roam over large areas/territories as they search for food through the forest and this is what makes it better in terms of viewing compared to other primates and hence the chances of finding these magnificent primates is very high.
A Golden monkey tracking permit is required for one who wish to trek these majestic primates. Great Adventure Safaris will help you book this permit for you once you contact us with the exact dates on when you want to participate in this activity in Uganda and Rwanda. Golden monkey permits for Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park costs USD100 per person per trek and for Mgahinga Gorilla National Park Golden monkey permit in Uganda is USD60 per person per trek and USD40 for the National Park entrance.
Golden monkey habituation experience in Uganda allows you have more time and fun with the Golden monkeys where you spend four hours of viewing them in company with the Uganda Wildlife Authority research team. Participate in training these primates get used to human presence, they are elusive but being that you have four hours they get used to people.
Golden monkey tracking starts early morning with a briefing about the dos and the don’ts while tracking them at the park offices at 7:00am after registration. This activity may take from a minimum of 2-4 hours depending where they are or where they nested the previous night.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park can be accessed by road as well as by air. Driving from Kampala/Entebbe International Airport it will take you 9-10 hours to get to the National Park and this journey will give you an opportunity to stop at the Equator line for photography and Mbarara town for lunch before proceeding through the green rolling hills with banana plantations and grazing cattle arriving in the evening. You can as well access Mgahinga National Park from Rwanda-Kigali International Airport through Kyanika or Katuna boarders and this drive is about 2-3 hours with scenic views of the country side. Those interested in flying can fly from Entebbe International Airport or Kajjansi Airstrip to Kisoro Airstrip and do less than one hour drive to the National Park. Great Adventure safaris organizes domestic/internal flights to all those interested in visiting or planning a safari to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.
This National Park can be accessed from Kigali in Rwanda after a 2-3 hour drive. Before this drive depending on the time visit the Genocide Memorial Center in Kigali. Alternatively if you are heading to Uganda’s Mgahinga Gorilla National Park you will then connect to Kyanika or Katuna boarders and cross to Uganda.
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