Golden Monkeys are a unique primates found in the Eastern part of the African Continent in countries like Uganda and Rwanda, these Golden Monkey species are brownish in color with white strips in their faces, they are herbivorous in nature feeding on young bamboo shoot, stem, tree leaves, fruits like Jack fruit, Mangoes, Oranges, Watermelon, grapes, flowers and more.
These Primates usually feed both on ground and up in the tree branches, they mostly like living in bamboo forests so are usually located in places characterized with thick bamboo forests as they like resting up in the waving bamboo tree branches associated with cool air.
In the Eastern part of the African Continent, countries situated with thick Bamboo forests include Uganda & Rwanda and this is where you can go for golden monkey trekking safaris.
For golden monkey trekking tours in Uganda the only place to go is Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, this park is located in the South Western part of Uganda characterized with tropical rain forest, swampy areas and thick Bamboo forests where these golden monkey species reside, the best way to reach this park in the western part of Uganda is by use of Kampala – Masaka – Mbarara highway with a stopover at the equator for some brief explanations about the equator by officials, photographs and snacks.
For golden monkey tracking there is no limited number of people proposed for the activity but they usually depend on the number of people available for this activity. The tracking journey is usually started in the morning after breakfast moving in a group with a park ranger guide to lead you through the Jungle but always advised to maintain your voice at low tone and move slowly such that you do not scare these primates which may lead to their hiding suspecting you to be their enemies.
Other Primates in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park include Black & White Colobus Monkeys, Red tailed Monkeys, Blue Monkeys, Vervets, and Baboons and apes like Mountain Gorillas, Reptiles include Snakes like Python, Gabon vipers, Black Cobra and more, and insects include Butterflies, tsetse flies and more. Golden monkey tracking in Mgahinga National Park costs $50 USD per person.
If not Uganda for golden monkey tracking safaris in Rwanda the only place to go is Volcanoes National Park, it is located in the North western part of Rwanda bordering Virunga National Park of Democratic Republic of Congo and Mgahinga National Park of Uganda, its characterized with tropical rain forest, Swampy areas and thick Bamboo forests where these Primates live.
Other primates in this park include Black & White Colobus Monkeys, Blue Monkeys; Red tailed Monkeys, Vervets and Baboons, apes like Mountain Gorillas, insects like Butterflies, tsetse flies and more. There is also no limited number of people marked for Golden Monkey tracking in Volcanoes National Park so they usually go with the number of people available for this activity on that day.
This golden monkey tracking activity costs $100 USD per person. Other activities in this park include mountain gorilla trekking which involves moving in a group of eight people heading into the jungle in search of these shy endangered mountain gorillas in the mist, hiking up to the Dian Fossey grave yard, hiking Volcanoes like Mountain Karisimbi, Bisoke and more.