2 Days Golden Monkey Tracking Tour, Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

golden-monkey-volcanoes-rwandaGolden Monkey tracking in Volcanoes National Park is one of the must do wildlife adventures in Rwanda. The activity involves a relatively easy trek through the bamboo jungles in the lower zones of the Virunga Volcanoes to find and spend an hour with the striking Golden Monkeys. The monkeys have bright golden-orange fur coats which contrast with the lush green scenery to make great photos, moreover flush is allowed! And their spritely nature makes them such a delight to watch.

Although Golden Monkey tracking is usually sought as a last minute add-on to the popular Mountain Gorilla trek, it is an excellent wildlife adventure to pursue as a single activity. And since, unlike the Mountain Gorillas tour which requires an age limit of 15 years, there is no age limit to do the Golden Monkey tour which makes it accommodating to families with children.

Golden Monkeys are found in only three countries in the world and these are neighbors Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic, which share the Virunga Volcanoes – the only home of these rare and endangered primates. In Rwanda, there are two groups that have been habituated for this adventure and these live in Sabinyo Volcano.

Trip specifications

  • Group size for this tour: minimum one traveler
  • Age restrictions: None
  • Terrain is relatively smooth, no fitness preparation needed
  • We have selected the lodges basing on the proximity to the park headquarters in Kinigi, breathtaking views of the park, level of comfort, high standards of hospitality, and eco-friendliness
  • The itinerary focuses of Golden Monkey tracking in Volcanoes National Park
  • Professional driver/guide and a 4by4 tour vehicle.

Itinerary

Day 1: Kigali – Volcanoes National Park

The driver guide shall pick you from the hotel or residence in the morning after your breakfast and drive to Volcanoes National Park which is situated in the northern province of Rwanda. After the scenic drive through the rolling hills, check in at your accommodation which is situated just outside the park. Have lunch and spend the rest of the day taking in the magnificent scenery. Dine and overnight.

* Journey time: 3 hours

* Meal plan: Lunch, Dinner

* Accommodation

Luxury:  Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

Moderate: Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge

Budget: Kinigi Guest House

Day 2: Golden Monkey Tracking, return to Kigali

Wake up for early breakfast and transfer to the park head offices in Kinigi by 7.00am. Join up with the other Golden Monkey trekkers, meet the ranger guide for a few minutes talk about the activity and the park, and by 8.00am you get into the cars and transfer to the trailhead just outside the park. Enjoy great views of the mountain scenery as you trek into the park to find the primates. The monkeys live near the edge of the park in the bamboo forests where the ground is relatively flat and easy to trek. Find the monkeys and follow them as they feed, notice how they skillfully pick the shoot from the tip of the bamboo tree. They may also move out of the park into the potato fields and how they love the potatoes! a golden monkey in the potato fieldsAfter an amazing one hour, return to the trailhead, drive back to the lodge for lunch and thereafter leave for Kigali for the end of the trip.

* Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch

Tour includes

  • Golden monkey permit
  • Transport – tour vehicle, driver guide, fuel
  • Full board accommodation for one night
  • All meals
  • Bottle water

Tour Excludes

  • Porter fees
  • Tips
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Souvenirs and other curios shop purchases
  • Visa fees
  • Phone bills, laundry, and other personal expenditures
  • Luxury drinks, e.g beers, soda, wines and spirits

What to bring

  • Rain jacket
  • Hiking shoes
  • Long trousers & shirt to protect from stinging nettles
  • Gaiters
  • Cap/hut
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