Golden monkeys rank second to mountain gorillas as key attractions in the Virunga conservation area. Scientifically called Cercopithecus Kandti, golden monkeys are one of the lively and beautiful creatures you ought to visit of your African safari to Uganda and Rwanda. With less than 5000 individuals surviving in the world, golden monkeys are undeniably one of the critically endangered species listed in the red list of International Union Conservation of Nature (IUCN). A close encounter with golden monkeys is a thrilling experience that last for a lifetime.
Where to trek golden monkeys
These endangered species inhabit the jungle forests of Mgahinga gorilla National park in Uganda and Volcanoes National park in Rwanda. Any one intending to see golden monkeys must therefore visit any of these two parks or both of them for clear comparisons.
How much is golden monkey trekking
In both countries, a single golden monkey trekking permits costs $100 which is far cheap compared to mountain gorilla permits at @$600 in Uganda and $1500 in Rwanda. Travelers are required to book for golden monkey permits in advance for timely planning and reservation of permit. Juts like gorillas, permits to see golden monkeys are issued by Uganda wildlife authority in Uganda and Rwanda Development Board in Rwanda. Alternatively, you can book for golden monkey permits through Engagi Safaris your trusted travel operator in Uganda and Rwanda.
Golden monkey trekking rules and regulations
Before trekking, travelers are introduced to the do’s and don’ts of golden monkey trekking which they must adhere to. These include among others:
Keep a distance of seven meters
Hold your cameras tight
Keep within your groups
Do not trek when sick
Speak at low tones
Children below 15 years are not allowed to trek
Golden monkey trekking packing list
Travelers reminded to carry basics for successfully and enjoy golden monkey trekking adventure. Your packing list should include among others:
• Hiking boots for easy movements through slippery muddy forest grounds
• Rain jackets to protect form rain
• Gardening gloves to protect your hands from thorny bushes
• Sun glasses
• Long sleeved shirts
• Long pants
• Insect repellents
• Energy giving snacks and drinking water
Best time to trek golden monkeys
The endangered species are trekked all year round. However, dry season between the months of June to October and December to February are the best. Dry season is associated less or no rains which make it easy to trek through the jingle. Travelers spend an hour with golden monkeys counted from the time the set their yes on these endangered species.