GOLDEN MONKEY TREKKING IN MGAHINGA GORILLA NATIONAL PARK
Golden Monkey Trekking in Mgahinga Gorilla national park is an exceptional and exciting tourism activity that involves trekking on foot into the thick forest searching for the habituated golden monkeys, once you have seen them, you are allowed to spend one hour with these primates in their authentic environment.
Mgahinga Gorilla National park is situated in Kisoro district just perched in southwestern Uganda. Mgahinga Gorilla national park is Uganda’s only protected area which is home to the endangered golden monkeys. Although, Golden monkeys can be viewed in other tourism destinations such as in the Virunga national park, and Kahuzi Biega national park of the Democratic Republic of Congo, and at Volcanoes national park of Rwanda as they actively play and feed themselves on bamboo shoots, ripe fruits, branches, insects and they always jump from one tree to another.
Golden monkey trekking in Mgahinga Gorilla national park starts with a morning briefing regarding the rules, regulations, and expectations at Mgahinga gorilla national park headquarters. After the briefing, travelers start their trekking in the jungle by an experienced Uganda Wildlife Authority guide who will take them into the forest for approximately 30 minutes to 3 hours depending on the golden monkey’s location because they tend to move while looking for food. Golden monkeys are always small in size, once you have seen golden monkey troops you are only allowed to spend an hour with them in their natural environment which allows you to take photos, learn their behaviors, enjoy them as they jump from one tree to another.
Golden monkey trekking permits are issued by the Uganda Wildlife Authority through a tour operator like Devine African Safaris to any traveler above 15 years allowing him or her to see the golden monkey family in Mgahinga gorilla national park.