Golden Monkey Trekking in Uganda
Golden monkey trekking is one of the popular tours that can be compared to Chimpanzee trekking or gorilla trekking in certain instances. All these treks are done in the mountainous area and they are continuously moving up the mountain which requires you to follow them.
Golden Monkeys are very beautiful and unique primates found on the slopes of the Virunga volcanoes which are shared between Rwanda, Uganda and DR Congo. In Uganda, golden monkey trekking is done in Mgahinga gorilla national park located south-western of Uganda. Golden monkeys are small and fast in movement which makes tracking them an active and rewarding experience. Golden monkeys are always moving through the bamboo sections of the virunga volcanoes forest because they enjoy eating the young bamboo shoots.
They live in groups of about 30 individuals or more roaming over a large territory in the virunga volcanoes. You will obtain a golden monkey trekking permit in advance, specify the date for which you would like to trek the golden monkeys.
This activity of golden monkey trekking starts early morning with briefing at 7 am at the park headquarters then trekkers are placed in different groups. When you fing the beautiful Golden Monkeys, you get to spend an hour with them watching them jumping from one tree to another using their long tails. You will notice that some golden Monkeys have short tails because thier long tails get stuck in the creeped tress and have to be cut off to save the monkeys. They are very exciting animals and they love photographs. The trekking can be done from 2 hours to several hours depending on where they nested the previous night and how far it is from the starting point.
You should carry the following while going Golden Monkey Trekking
- Insect repellent,
- Day pack for your lunch in case the trek takes longer than expected.
- Water for drinking,
- Wear long sleeved shirts, trousers,
- Waterproof hiking boots and a good mood.
- Remember to pick a walking stick at the briefing point or your hotel, you will appreciate the support on the sometimes slippery paths.
Just like gorilla trekking we highly recommend you go along with a porter who can provide an extra support with the day pack and the slippery places.