The enchanting world of Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in South-Western Uganda beckons you to embark on an extraordinary adventure: Golden Monkey Tracking. In this relatively small and less-traveled destination, you’ll find a hidden gem that sets it apart—Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is the sole park where the majestic Mountain Gorillas coexist harmoniously with the captivating Golden Monkeys. Trek Africa Expeditions offers meticulously organized Golden Monkey Safari packages, inviting you to partake in the exhilarating experience of Golden Monkey tracking and Golden Monkey habituation.
These striking and endangered primates make their home on the slopes of the Virunga volcanoes, which span the borders of Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. In Uganda, Golden Monkey tracking is an exclusive experience found solely within the embrace of Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. However, this active safari package distinguishes itself from Gorilla and Chimpanzee tracking due to its location in a mountainous area and the monkeys’ continuous movement, making it necessary for trekkers to follow them through the challenging terrain. Golden Monkeys, known for their agility, are swift in their motions and often forage amid the bamboo sections of the forest, nourishing themselves with young bamboo shoots.
These remarkable creatures live in groups numbering around 30 individuals or more, wandering across a vast territory. To join this exceptional adventure, one must obtain a Golden Monkey tracking permit in advance. Trek Africa Expeditions is your steadfast ally in securing these coveted permits and booking them for you. Reach out to us with your preferred trekking dates, and we will ensure that your encounter with the Golden Monkeys becomes a reality.
The Golden Monkey Tracking experience commences early in the morning with an informative briefing at the Park offices, setting the stage for your extraordinary jungle trek. Equipped with insights from the briefing, you’ll journey into the forest, commencing your one-hour encounter with the Golden Monkeys. During this time, you’ll have the opportunity to capture the beauty of these unique primates through your lens, observing their behaviors in their natural habitat. Depending on the location where the Golden Monkeys nested the previous night and the distance from the starting point, the tracking experience typically lasts between 2 to 3 hours.
To ensure a comfortable and successful Golden Monkey tracking adventure, it’s essential to come prepared with the following:
Just like Gorilla tracking, Trek Africa Expeditions highly recommends considering the assistance of a porter. A porter can provide extra support, helping with your day pack and lending a hand during challenging or slippery stretches along the trail. Your porter becomes not just a helper but a companion on your remarkable journey.