The Rare Golden Monkeys seen in Volcanoes National Park-Rwanda Safari News
The Golden Monkey (Cercopithecus Mitis Kandti) is a local subspecies of the widespread Sykes Monkey, also known as the “Blue Monkey” and is endemic to the high-altitude forests of the Virunga massif of Rwanda and Uganda. Golden monkeys are a beautiful sub species of monkeys from their golden coat, long tail to the playful and intrusive character. They spend most of their time leaping from bamboo branches or skipping on the forest floor in a manner that offers lasting memories to tourists who safari Rwanda or tour Uganda for golden monkey trekking. Their amazing and impressive character has made golden monkey trekking one of the popular Rwanda safari activities done at the foot of Mt Sabyinyo.
Golden Monkeys are found in Volcanoes National Park where Mountain Gorillas are found and the only gorilla safari Rwanda destination for both short and long Rwanda gorilla trekking tours. There are two habituated groups of Golden Monkeys in Volcanoes National Park of which tourists trek on their Rwanda safaris. Each of the group comprises around 80 – 100 members which is a great sight to witness when you get close to the monkeys.
How is Golden Monkey Trekking in Rwanda Done?
Just like Rwanda gorilla safaris, Golden Monkey trekking starts in the morning from the park headquarters of Kinigi at 7:00am (only once a day). Golden Monkey trekking lasts about 4 hours with no limited number of tourists allowed to trek a golden monkey group. A golden Monkey permit is currently USD100 per person per trek and tourists are permitted to stay for 1 hour with the monkeys. Permit booking can either be arranged in advance or booked at the park headquarters on the morning of the trek. It is easy to find the golden monkeys since they mostly live at the bottom of the Volcano Mountains with in the bamboo forest, and by just following the traces of fresh leftovers from the bamboo shoots eaten, the trackers are then able to locate them with in less than an hour. In case you need porters to help with luggage, they can be hired at the entry point of the park.
Since the forest is covered with bamboo, it is not difficult to get good photos. However, a longer lens is recommended as they can be more active and playful so could easily move away from you as you get close. Golden Monkey trekking can be customized into a Rwanda gorilla safari or Rwanda wildlife tours within Volcanoes National park or with activities in other safari parks like Akagera National Park and Nyungwe Forest National Park.
What to wear for Golden Monkey Trekking in Volcanoes National Park
Just like any safari, you need to wear appropriately for your golden monkey trekking experience. It is best to wear long trousers, long-sleeved shirt, a hat, light-rain-jacket, waterproof hiking boots. Other things to carry include a waterproof daypack, enough bottled water with some snacks and of course your camera and all the necessary equipment.
In Uganda, golden monkeys are also found in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park which is the only habitat to the species in the country giving the park a slogan “where gold meets silver” since it has mountain gorillas too. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park just like its name suggests is one of the Uganda gorilla safari destination along side Bwindi Impenetrable National Park which is the popular gorilla trekking safari Uganda destination.
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To have a memorable trip, you need to plan right and for this,here are top packages that can help you have the best of a Rwanda tour;
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Whether a safari in Rwanda or tailored from either Uganda safari or Congo tour, adding golden monkey trekking as one of your activities will surprisingly offer you what you will always treasure as a great memory.