Golden Monkey Trekking
Golden Monkey Trekking in Uganda
Trekking Golden monkeys in another adventurous activity that one can add on the Uganda adventure and wildlife safari. Golden Monkeys are only found in Mgahinga National park which is also a proud home of the rare mountain gorillas. Golden monkeys are only found in the Virunga mountain ranges which separate 3 distinctive countries namely Uganda Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo. Golden monkeys are the most beautiful of all the monkey species with the most striking golden fur coats, from which the name `Golden Monkey` was derived. Golden Monkeys inhabit in lower areas of the mountains which are mainly covered with the bamboo forest because they like feeding on bamboo shoot.
A group of golden monkeys is called a troop and golden monkeys live in troops with a relatively large number of members in each troop. In Uganda, only one troop of Golden monkeys has been habituated and is available for trekking and research purposes in Mgahinga National park. A golden monkey trekking permit in Uganda costs US$50 pp and only persons from 15years and above are allowed to engage in the golden monkey trekking activity in Uganda.
Golden Monkey Tracking
The golden monkeys spend most of their time in the bamboo nearer to the base of the mountain, they do not veer off up in the mountains. The session for golden monkey trekking in Uganda begins with a briefing at the park headquarters at 0730hours and the actual trek begins at 0800hours. There are very high chances of encountering the golden monkeys because they live in large numbers close to 50s plus members spending most of the time on the canopies of the bamboo trees from which they pick shoot at the tops, sometimes they can be seen on the ground.
They good thing with golden monkey trekking is that they are photogenic and they do not feel so shy to move within a short distance from people. The exact encounter with the golden monkeys lasts for an hour and this time is limited because of the need to conserve these beautiful creatures.
Most visitors in Uganda have done golden monkey trekking as an additional experience to mountain gorilla trekking which is the most popular tourism activity in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National park respectively. Other activities in Mgahinga National Park include the Batwa Pygmy community visit experience, volcano hiking, nature walks and birding safaris in Uganda among others.