Golden monkey trekking is a unique tourist active activity that involves travelers moving into the tropical montane rainforest searching for the golden monkeys once golden monkeys are located travelers spend an hour with the golden monkeys in their natural jungle. Golden monkey trekking in Uganda is only carried out in Mgahinga gorilla national park which is situated in Kisoro district southwestern corner of Uganda.
Golden monkey trekking in Mgahinga national park begins early briefing in the morning regarding the rules, regulations, and expectations of the golden monkey trekking experience at the park’s headquarters. After the morning briefing travelers start their golden monkey trekking in the tropical forest with a well-trained tour guide and a park ranger following trails between the left-over bamboo shoots and fruits.
Golden monkey trekking in Mgahinga gorilla national park last from 30 minutes to 4 hours depending on where the location of the golden monkeys because they tend to move from place to place searching for food. Once golden monkeys are spotted travelers are permitted to stay with the golden monkeys for an hour in their natural wild as you monitor their way of life such as feeding processes, playing, fighting, and jumping on tree branches. During your golden monkey trekking experience, travelers can be able to view other unique primate species surviving in Mgahinga, bird species, plant species, and tree species among others. Travelers are allowed to take beautiful photos as well as record their wonderful moments with the golden monkeys.
Besides the Golden monkey trekking experience, Mgahinga national park also provides a golden monkey habituation experience which is an adventurous tourist activity where the golden monkeys are well-trained to get used to human beings. The golden monkey habituation experience begins in the morning with a briefing just like the gorilla habituation experience at the park’s headquarters and once the golden monkeys are seen, travelers can be able to stay with the golden monkeys for four hours in their natural environment.
How much does a golden monkey trekking permit cost in Uganda?
A Uganda’s golden monkey trekking permit costs $ 60 per person trekking for foreign nonresidents, $60 per person for foreign residents, and 40,000 Ugx per person for East African citizens while a golden monkey habituation permit costs $100 per person for FNR, $100 per person for FR and 100,000 Ugx per person for East African citizens.
Golden Monkey Trekking in Mgahinga Gorilla national park
A golden monkey trekking experience permit for Uganda should be booked 6 months before your trekking date because these permits are competitively and can get sold quickly mostly in the dry season of June, July, and September and from December to February every year.
How travelers should book a golden monkey trekking permit for Uganda
Travelers have two options for booking their golden monkey trekking permit for Uganda for example a traveler can book their trekking permit directly from the Uganda Wildlife Authority by contacting them via telephone calls or emails. The second option by book their golden monkey trekking permit through a trusted tour company like Devine African Safaris. When a traveler books with a tour operator like us, contact us with appropriate dates when you would prefer to trek golden monkeys. Then we purchase for you your golden monkey trekking permit on your behalf.
When is the right time to go for the golden monkey trekking in Uganda?
Golden monkey trekking in Uganda can be done throughout the year, although the best time a traveler should consider is during the dry months of June to September and from December, January and February because there are little or low rainfalls received which makes it the best period for golden monkey trekking since the trekking trails are passable, not slippery and muddy. During the dry season, the vegetations are thin which makes viewing golden monkeys easy and other wildlife species surviving in Mgahinga.
Accommodation facilities near Mgahinga national park
Mgahinga gorilla national park offers a number of lodging facilities where travelers can stay during their golden monkey trekking adventure. Mgahinga gorilla national park range from budget lodges, mid-range lodges and budget lodges including Mount Gahinga lodge, Kisoro tourist hotel, Amajambere lwacu camp, Mountain Gorilla safari hotel, Kisoro travelers rest hotel, Mount Gahinga rest camp, Countryside guesthouse Kisoro, Mgahinga safari lodge, Silverback safari lodge, Muhabura motel, Mubano hotel, Mucha hotel, and Montana guest house among others.
How to access Mgahinga gorilla national park for a golden monkey trekking experience?
Mgahinga National park can be approached with the use of road transport means where travelers are drive from Kampala or Entebbe via Masaka-Mbarara highway, Kabale- Kisoro, and then straight to Mgahinga gorilla nation park’s headquarters. The journey from Kampala or Entebbe may take approximately 9 – 10 hours in a 4×4 safari vehicle.
Mgahinga gorilla national park can also be reached by air transportation, where a traveler can book a scheduled or a domestic flight which operates from Entebbe International Airport or Kajjansi Airstrip straight, these flights are conducted by Aero link Uganda from Entebbe or Kajjansi to Kihihi Airstrip or Kisoro airstrip then connect to your booked lodge with a short drive. Scheduled flights to Mgahinga national park can be booked by your trusted tour company.
Golden monkey trekking is an amazing activity that can be joined with a mountain gorilla trekking experience of either Bwindi impenetrable national park or Mgahinga national and lion tracking experience in Queen Elizabeth national park and wildlife viewing.