Golden monkeys are not just species of monkeys you encounter in a common jungle. Golden monkeys are very unique species with a factor of the glittering goldish colour at the back with white strips in their faces. These primate species are herbivorous in nature feeding on young bamboo shoot and stem, tree leaves, flowers, fruits like mangoes, oranges, jack fruit, water melon, avocadoes, sweet bananas, grapes, sugar canes, other crops like maize, ground nuts, and more.
Golden Monkeys and Chimpanzees are very sensitive when compared with the shy endangered mountain gorillas in that they usually feed both on ground and up in the tree branches which is not the same case to Gorillas.
Golden Monkey species are usually found in places characterized with Bamboo forests as they mostly like feeding on young bamboo shoot and stem. Most visitors to Uganda and Rwanda drop in with interest of seeing these unique primates and apes which include Mountain Gorillas, Chimpanzees and Golden Monkeys.
Golden monkey trekking is an activity done in Uganda and Rwanda which involves moving in a group following the established routes heading into the jungles of different national parks where these unique primates are found in search of them but always advised to move slowly while in the jungle and avoid noise making in the jungle as these primates are tricky and sensitive, so when they discover presence of human beings they may tend to hide away in escape of their enemies.
After locating these primates, you are free to take a lot of photos of them for memories plus seeing them while there are feeding, playing with young ones and more.
For golden monkey tracking there is no limited number of people as it is for gorilla trekking but instead, they depend on the number of people available for the activity that very day. Listed below are some of the best places to go for golden monkey trekking tours in Uganda and Rwanda.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. This is one of the popular destinations to go for golden monkey tracking popularly located in the South western part, it is characterized with tropical rain forest, Savannah grasslands and Woodlands, Swampy areas and thick Bamboo forests where these golden monkey species are usually found.
Although Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is the only national park in Uganda where golden monkey species are found, it is popularly known for the shy endangered ground dwelling herbivorous mountain gorillas in the mist with only one gorilla family for trekking named “Nyakagezi Gorilla family”.
Other primates in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park include Black & White Colobus Monkeys; Red tailed Monkeys, Blue Monkeys, Vervets, Baboons and more plus different bird species recorded sightable. Tracking these Golden Monkey species in the Bamboo forests of Mgahinga Gorilla National Park costs $50 USD per person, after discovering location of these primates you are allowed to be in their presence for only one hour while seeing them feeding on young bamboo shoot and stem, playing with young ones, laughing and more.
Volcanoes National Park. Not only popularly known for the shy endangered Mountain Gorillas in the mist but also is the only touristic place in Rwanda to go for Golden Monkey tracking safaris.
By position it’s located in the North western part of Rwanda nearing Virunga National Park of Democratic Republic of Congo; it is characterized with tropical rain forest, Savannah grasslands, Swampy areas and the thick Bamboo forests where these unique Species are usually found.
Other Primates in Volcanoes National Park include Baboons, Vervets, Black & White Colobus Monkeys; Red tailed Monkeys, Blue Monkeys and more. Golden Monkey tracking in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park costs $100 USD per person which is expensive when compared with that of Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.