Golden monkeys in Uganda are one of the various primates in Uganda that travelers can look out for while on a Uganda safari tour. Golden monkeys are the third sought after primates in Uganda, after mountain gorillas and chimpanzees. Golden monkeys are a unique rare primate species that can be only found in Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Volcanoes National Park and Virunga National Park among others.
Golden monkeys in Uganda get their name from the golden-orange and black silver color on their fur. These golden monkeys are playful and very active animals that shall keep you on your toes as you hike round the forested Mgahinga gorilla National Park Uganda.
As mentioned, golden monkeys in Uganda can only be found in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, a tropical rainforest area that is a great inhabitant for the golden monkeys. The bamboo forest of Mgahinga National Park is a great dwelling place for the golden monkeys, allowing them an opportunity to jump from one bamboo shoot to another. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is also a home to the endangered mountain gorillas, thus the perfect place where gold meets silver that is the golden monkeys and silverback gorillas!
Golden monkeys in Uganda are among the 20 primates in Uganda that travelers can encounter while on a primate safari, in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park which is one of the Virunga Mountains, where the golden monkeys are endemic. Golden monkeys are cuter in appearance and colouring compared to other monkey species.
There are about 2000 to 4000 golden monkey individuals found across the Virunga massifs and for the fact that they can only be found in this part pf the world, golden monkeys are classified as endangered. Golden monkeys in Uganda and elsewhere live in troops of about 100 individuals usually led by an Alpha male.
Golden monkeys feed on bamboo shoots, seasonal fruits, lichens, sprouts, leaves, flowers, bamboo leaves and small invertebrates.
Golden monkeys Uganda can be seen with a golden monkey trekking / tracking adventure activity. Golden monkey tracking is done on only fully habituated golden monkeys, and the semi-habituated troops of golden monkeys are available for experiential tourism.
Golden monkey tracking is not as hectic as gorilla trekking is, thus is an amazing primate safari in Uganda that travelers can enjoy while on a Mgahinga Gorilla National Park safari. Golden monkey tracking sees travelers hiking through the rainforest in search for the golden monkeys, and spend up to 1 hour with the golden monkeys.
Golden monkey experiential tourism is however a new tourism activity in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, that sees travelers spending more time with the golden monkeys getting a better understanding of the golden monkeys. This golden monkey experiential tourism also gives travelers a chance to understand the works of the researchers and conservation, as well as how they are being protected.
Golden monkey tracking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
Golden monkey tracking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is the second most sought after activity in the park after gorilla trekking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Golden monkey tracking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park starts as early as 8am after briefing and hiking through the rainforest on search for the golden monkeys in the bamboo shoots therein.
A golden monkey trekking permit in Uganda is 100$ per person per trek currently for foreign non-residents, a much lower rate compared to gorilla trekking permits which is at 700$ per person at the moment. You could book your golden monkey trekking permit before end, or on ground upon your arrival in the park. Golden monkey permits are issued by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA).
As you plan your Uganda safari tour, you can include golden monkey tracking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park on your Uganda primate safari. A Uganda primate safari would see you enjoying chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park, gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or Mgahinga Gorilla National park, as well as golden monkey tracking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. get in touch with a reputable tour operator like Focus East Africa Tours to help you plan an amazing Uganda safari tour for a chance to encounter some of the most sought after and rare wildlife in Uganda including among others golden monkeys in Uganda