Golden Monkey Tracking in Uganda and Rwanda 

Uganda and Rwanda are two of the lucky countries in the world that are home to the endangered golden monkey. The Golden monkeys also referred to as the Blue monkey is a rare species to be found worldwide despite the fact that it can be found in some destinations around the world like Mgahinga National Park in Uganda and Virunga Massif of Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda.
The activity of Golden monkey tracking in Volcanoes National Park Rwanda is an exciting adventure that offers an epic encounter with a rare and beautiful species of monkeys called “Golden Monkeys”. As the name suggests, the monkeys have a striking golden fur coat, and add to their spiritedly character, are quite lovely to watch and offer excellent photography. The golden monkey tracking adventure is though overshadowed by the popular gorilla trek, and is therefore best done as an add-on to the gorilla tour in Volcanoes National Park.

The Golden Monkey Tracking Process

In order for one to track these species, they must be in company of an experienced tour guide who will walk them throughout the thick forest vegetation and rugged terrain. The whole process takes only an hour to get done and only 8 people are authorized to visit and interact with each group. If you are a devoted photographer please don’t miss out on this opportunity due to the remarkable memories you will experience.
Additionally, other monkeys can be tracked in the thick forests of Nyungwe forest National Park Rwanda i.e the Black & White Colobus Monkeys also known as the Ruwenzori Colobus. These are attractive species to all that engage in spotting them and live in bigger groups of over 200 members.
They are fond of jumping and playing amongst the trees making the experience very exceptional for vivid photographers. While in Rwanda on holiday don’t miss out on such a fulfilling opportunity to experience the best encounters throughout.

Golden Monkey Tracking in Rwanda

Golden monkeys can be trekked in Rwanda in Volcanoes National Park a primate sanctuary for these rarely found wonderful creatures. Here there are (2) golden monkey groups which can be visited in Rwanda. These are located at Mt Sabyinyo with the bigger group having about 90 individuals.
On your trekking day, you drive to the park offices (Kinigi Headquarters) at 7:00am, you register and then assigned to a group. You then start on the trek and on locating the monkeys you spend 1 hr with the primates and then trek back out of the forest to the lodge for other optional activities. These monkeys  live at the floor of the mountain with in the bamboo forest and the terrain is also slightly flat and so easy to hike. It only needs basic fitness to hike to see these great creatures.

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The Endangered Golden Monkeys in Rwanda

A Camera (No Flash Needed) is a MUST have for this activity

Golden Monkey Tracking in Uganda

Golden Monkey tracking in Uganda is done in Mgahinga Gorilla national park located in the south west of Uganda. Mgahinga is part of the virunga conservation area and this park is blessed with primates. The most famous are Golden Monkeys and Mountain Gorillas. Here you can do Golden monkey trekking and also Gorilla trekking. You can take advantage of this unique opportunity and see the primates on the same safari itinerary.
On your trekking day, you drive to the park offices (Kinigi Headquarters) at 7:00am, you register and then assigned to a group. You then start on the trek and on locating the monkeys you spend 1 hr with the primates and then trek back out of the forest to the lodge for other optional activities. These monkeys  live at the floor of the mountain with in the bamboo forest and the terrain is also slightly flat and so easy to hike. It only needs basic fitness to hike to see these great creatures.

Needs (packlist) for Golden Monkey Tracking

As you are transferring on holiday to Rwanda and Uganda for holiday adventures carry and wear the right gear to experience the best Golden Monkey Tracking Safari Adventures in Uganda’s Mgahinga National park and Rwanda’s Volcanoes national park. Below are some of the tracking Gear you will definitely carry as you embark on a golden monkey tracking experience;

  • Long Sleeved Shirts/ T-shirts
  • Long Trousers that are not jeans
  • Rain Jacket
  • Camera with no Flash
  • hiking Boots
  • Gardening Gloves

The Golden Monkey Species found in Mgahinga Gorilla park

A Golden Monkey in Mgahinga Gorila Park feading for survival

Golden Monkey Tracking Permit Costs

The Golden Monkey Tracking Permit cost varies from one country to another for example, in Rwanda at Volcanoes National park these cost USD $100 per person interested where in Uganda at Mgahinga National park these cost USD $60 per person interested in tracking these amazing Primates.
This cost includes; park fees, services of a ranger guide, and spending one hour with habituated golden monkeys. Golden monkey permits can be booked in advance or on ground since there is no limit on the people to trek them.
The Age limit for those interested in golden monkey tracking is least 12 years much as it is not as strict as gorilla trekking.
For Golden Monkey Tracking Permits, please contact us to make your reservations.

Golden Monkey Tracking Accommodation

The accommodation facilities that are near and close to Volcanoes National Park are so many and these include lodges, Hotels as well as camps. Some of these facilities are so near and they are 5 minutes’ walk from the real starting point of most of the activities in volcanoes National Park. The guests can also want to stay in Kigali and then leave so early at 4:40 am to arrive at the park headquarters for a briefing. Though is stressing and we advise this to those who have got only one day for gorilla trekking, golden monkey tracking as well as the volcanic hike .
For Golden Monkey Tracking in Mgahinga Gorilla Park, Mountain Gahinga lodge is simply fabulous from the natural setting that it is in, the foothills of the Virunga Volcanoes to the closeness to the Park.  From the exquisite private cottages with bath and a fireplace to take the chill off during the cool nights in the Gorilla Highlands.

Virunga Lodge is a top choice situated the Virunga highlands