Are you interested in trekking the golden Monkeys in Uganda, Uganda is one of the best destinations to see the rare and endangered golden monkeys in their natural environment. Golden monkeys in Uganda are found or can be trekked only in Mgahinga National Park. Safari vacations and travel services will plan your golden monkey safari in Uganda in a modest way.
The golden Monkeys are found in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda, the park is located in the Virunga Mountains in Southwestern Uganda and encompasses three inactive volcanoes, namely Mount Muhabura, Mount Gahinga, and Mount Sabyinyo. It is contiguous with Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park and the southern sector of Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Hiking the Virunga Volcanoes in Mgahinga National Park can be fun and really rewarding because there are lots of attractions you will meet during your hike.
Mgahinga Gorilla Park is the smallest park in Uganda and is also home to the endangered and famous mountain gorillas. There are a lot of activities to do in Mgahinga National Park ranging from Gorilla Trekking, Golden Monkey tracking, Batwa experience, birding to Volcano Climbing.
Uganda, boasting a diverse array of wildlife, is the proud home of the Golden monkey (Cercopithecus mitis Kandti), standing as one of its 20 primate species. These captivating creatures are found nowhere else but within the confines of Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Presently, the estimated population of golden monkeys falls within the range of 2000 to 4000 individuals. Their exclusive habitat within the Virunga conservation area has earned them a precarious status on the endangered species list. Within their troops, which consist of approximately 100 members, an Alpha male takes the lead. Their dietary preferences encompass a rich assortment of bamboo shoots, a variety of seasonal fruits, bamboo leaves, lichens, sprouts, flowers, leaves, and small invertebrates.
As of now, there are both habituated and semi-habituated troops available for golden monkey tracking, offering distinct experiences for enthusiastic tourists. Unlike gorillas, golden monkeys do not construct new nests daily, eliminating the need for pre-trackers to locate them each morning.
Embarking on a golden monkey trek is an adventure in the heart of Mgahinga National Park, providing a glimpse into the lives of these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat. The journey kicks off early in the morning with a briefing at 7 am at the park headquarters before trekkers set off into the forest. Upon sighting the golden monkeys, you’ll have an hour to observe and appreciate them. The trek duration generally ranges from 30 minutes to several hours, depending on the location of their previous night’s nest and its distance from the starting point. The trek offers an engaging experience, providing opportunities to encounter other forest attractions along the way.
Moreover, the golden monkey trekking permits in Uganda offer an economical option in comparison to permits for tracking other primates. Priced at just USD 100 per person for non-foreign residents per trek in Mgahinga National Park, these permits are further discounted for foreign residents and East African Citizens. The Uganda Wildlife Authority, the governing agency for all National Parks and activities in the country, is responsible for the sale of these permits. Feel free to reach out to us to secure your golden monkey permit spot in Mgahinga National Park, and we’ll be delighted to provide you with any additional pertinent information.
Travelers can engage in Golden Monkey tracking in Uganda’s Mgahinga National Park at any time of the year. Nevertheless, the optimal period for trekking is during the dry season, encompassing June, July, August, September, December, January, and February, characterized by fewer rains. During these months, the trails are relatively drier and less slippery, facilitating easier climbing or hiking. It’s worth noting that due to climate changes and the park’s tropical forest environment, coupled with its mountainous terrain, rainfall is consistent throughout the year, allowing for trekking opportunities regardless of the season. You only need to carry a rain jacket, hiking shoes, and Lunch to have a great time to prepare for golden monkey trekking.
Mgahinga National Park has several options for accommodation to stay in while on the golden monkey tracking safari. Furthermore, accommodation options near the park cater to various budgets, offering three main types: budget, midrange, and luxury. Depending on your financial plan, you can choose from a range of places. For instance, Mgahinga Community Camp Ground provides self-contained Bandas at the Ntebeko visitor center. Other options include Virunga Hotel, Mgahinga Gorilla Lodge, Mgahinga Rest Camp, and Travelers Rest House. If you’re on a tighter budget, consider staying in Kisoro town. To ensure a comfortable and secure stay within your budget, don’t hesitate to contact Safari Vacations and Travel Services. They can help you book a hotel or lodge of your preference.
By road, one can access Mgahinga National Park from Entebbe/ Kampala via the Kabale-Kisoro road, this journey takes about 9-10 hours, and it is enjoyable as there is a lot to see on the way, you will stop at the Equator for photography, Lunch and other spots for landscape viewing.
Mgahinga can be reached from Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. From Bwindi’s southern gorilla tracking trailheads at Nkuringo and Rushaga which is about 2 hours’ drive and almost four hours’ drive from the main trailhead at Buhoma and Ruhija.
Additionally, an alternative option is to embark on a road trip from Kigali, Rwanda. This journey encompasses an approximate 4-5 hour drive to reach Mgahinga National Park through the Cyanika Uganda-Rwanda border.
Safari vacations and travel services is a travel company based in Kabale Town in southwestern Uganda. The Company specializes in magical experiences and holidays to Uganda, Rwanda, and DR.congo. In addition, there are members of AUTO (Association of Uganda Tour Operators) and are registered by UTB (Uganda Tourism Board). We have a good working relationship with UWA (Uganda Wildlife Authority) making it easy to book your trek to see golden monkeys in Mgahinga National Park. Please contact to visit Mgahinga National park, the rest of Uganda, Rwanda, and DR Congo. We will tailor your hiking safari to best meet your expectations and budget for the Golden Monkey tracking safari in Uganda.