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Golden Monkey Tracking in Uganda

Golden monkey tracking in Uganda occurs in Mgahinga National Park, on the slopes of the Virunga Mountains—the only place to see the endangered golden monkeys in Africa.

Mt. Mgahinga is known for mainly three wonders, the 3 Virunga volcanoes; Muhavura, Gahinga and Sabinyo, the Mountain Gorillas and the Golden Monkeys (Cercopithecus Mitis Kandti). The Golden monkey is endemic to the Albertine Rift, and it is an endangered species of the primates. 

Mgahinga National Park is the only place that offers an unusual opportunity to track these extraordinary creatures. The other possibility is in the Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, also in the Virunga area. 

The Golden monkeys are commonly found high in the dense bamboo forests on the Gahinga trail. The Virunga area is believed to be about 4000 individuals of the golden monkey species, yet only about 60 individuals are habituated in the Mgahinga Gorilla Park. 

The Golden Monkey Tracking Experience

Golden monkey tracking through the bamboo forest on the slopes of Mountain Muhavura, Gahinga and Sabinyo is commonly likened to tracking gorillas that share the same habitat with the golden monkeys. The volcanoes are the last stronghold of the golden monkeys in the East African region. Tracking activity starts at around 7:30 am at the Ntebeko Trailhead at the park headquarters, after a briefing and the actual trek into the forest begins at 8:00 am. 

Golden monkey tracking in the forest isn’t as strenuous as mountain gorilla trekking because the monkeys live on the lower slopes. The tracking usually lasts for not more than 3 hours. When you encounter a golden monkey family, you are given an hour to spend with them, a limitation for conservation purposes. There is no maximum number to track each group, and the age limit is a minimum of 12 years.

If you choose to do the Golden Monkey Habituation, you will enjoy extended time with the golden monkeys. You will be able to spend all day following these amazing orange-coated monkeys together with researchers.

In Volcanoes National Park Rwanda, golden monkey tracking starts from the Kinigi park headquarters. The experience begins at 8:00 am with a briefing before entering the forest. 

There are two groups available for trekking; one on the slopes of Mount Karisimbi and the other group is in the bamboo forest found on the slope of Mount Sabinyo.

YOu can add golden monkey adventures to gorilla tracking, nature walking safari, volcano hiking or cultural experiences in the region to maximize your Uganda safari holiday.

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