Volcanoes National Park lies in the northwestern part of Rwanda and is a wonderful habitat for some of these beautiful rare and endangered species known as the golden monkeys. It’s also a home to the 5 of 8 mountains of the Virunga massif, spanning about 160 square kilometers down in the bamboo and the rainforest. And most importantly Volcanoes National Park is a proud home of the threatened Mountain Gorillas, alone harboring more than a quarter of the world’s total gorilla population. All this qualify Volcanoes National Park as an incredible Rwanda safari tour destination worth exploring.
The golden monkeys are critically endangered primates, and are limited in range to the Virunga region which covers Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda. Rwanda and Uganda are the only two countries where visitors have the opportunity of trekking to see them up close, in an exclusive primate safari in Uganda or the Uganda Rwanda primate tour. The golden monkeys prefer the bamboo vegetation at the base of Volcanoes National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Rwanda and Uganda respectively.
Volcanoes National Park currently has two habituated troops of golden monkeys and the largest thrives in Sabyinyo volcano with a population of 80 – 100 members and is usually the most visited. For anyone to get an inclusive golden monkey trekking safari in Rwanda, a visit to the Volcanoes National Park is inevitable, giving an everlasting safari experience with an affordable permit of only 100 USD.
Golden monkey trekking in Volcanoes National Park begins at 7:00 am and presents an exciting encounter with these rare and beautiful species with brownish hairy body and a striking prominent golden fur coat. Just like Rwanda gorilla trekking safari activity, the tour begins from Kinigi headquarters after briefing about ethical regulations to consider when tracking golden monkeys.
These creatures are very active as they will always entertain you as they jump from one tree branch to another, making it a little bit hard to photograph.