Golden Monkey Tracking in Uganda

golden-monkey-tracking-adventureUganda is the only other country after Rwanda that offers this exciting wildlife adventure of Golden monkey tracking, done in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

Golden Monkeys are unique to the Virunga mountain range which spans Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. They are some of the most beautiful monkeys species, especially because of their striking golden fur coats, thus the name ‘Golden’ Monkeys. They live in large groups called troops, and inhabit the lower areas of the mountains which are largely covered with bamboo forest. They love to feed on the bamboo shoot.

One troop of Golden Monkeys has been habituated in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park which is available for tracking and research purposes. A Golden Monkey tracking permit costs USD50. The tracking session starts off with a briefing by the rangers at the park offices at 7.30am, then starting the trek at 8.00am. The Monkeys do not veer off too high up the mountain but rather spend most of the time in the bamboo nearer to the base. They travel in their hundreds, spending most of the time in the bamboo canopy picking the shoot from the tops, but will often come down to the ground as well. The Golden Monkeys are photogenic and not shy to move within a small distance to human. You follow them through the forest for not more than one hour.

This experience is a great addition to several adventure activities available in the area, the number one being the Mountain Gorilla trek, done in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, as well as the nearby Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Other activities include volcano hiking, batwa pygmy experience, birding, and nature walks among others.



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