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Besides, tracking mountain gorillas, Uganda also offers tourists with yet another charismatic adventure to view striking golden monkeys. In Uganda, tourists only have one option to catch a glimpse of these remarkable wild creatures and no where else other than Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Southwestern side of the country. Golden monkeys are endangered primates which count about 3000 to 4000 just in the bamboo jungles of Virunga complex.
Golden monkey tracking is one of the most sought after travel experiences by travelers in the world. It is a fantastic moment being the jungles with these impressively colorful creatures as you discover their daily behaviors just like you do in mountain gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park but the only difference is that golden monkey tracking a little bit easier to hike. These golden creatures can be view clearly in less dense forested areas and this doesn’t need trackers to go to forest before the trekkers are set off to the jungles to trek these beautiful creatures. A glimpse at these impressive creatures is a golden opportunity for tourists to explore their long golden hair, orange mixed into it along with its colorful black limbs. They are among a few playful creatures and a bit faster in movement and this requires visitors to be set to take photos.
These unique wild primates were initially trekked in Uganda in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park that is adjacent to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Lake Bunyonyi and Lake Mutanda. The rare golden monkeys are endemic to the Albertine Rift and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park provides a unique opportunity to visitors to trek these distinct species on top of intense bamboo jungles on the Gahinga trail. The trek starts at 8:00 am local time early in the morning but the briefing will start first at 7:30 a.m that gives you a highlight of what you expect during the trek, do’s and don’ts while tracking these exclusive creatures in the jungles and after visitors will be set off to the jungles along the Gahinga trail.
What to carry:
Most importantly, you should carry your light day back, snacks, big bottle of water, long-sleeved shirts and trousers, hat, rain jackets, hiking shoes and walking stick which you can purchase at any craft shop around the park. Besides viewing golden monkeys, tourists also have higher chances to seeing other exciting monkeys that will be jumping and playfully exercising their jumping skills in the forest and the experiences thereafter are indeed dramatic.
Golden monkey trekking in Uganda allows tourists only 1 hour to enjoy these striking species face to face just like gorilla trekking. For those who may prefer extended trek, they can choose to participate in Golden Monkey Habituation Experience where he or she will enjoy a sum of 4 hours face to face with these creatures in the wild. During habituation, tourists are accompanied by conservationists, researchers and trackers.
These impressive creatures travel in groups known as troops and they are mostly found within the mountain baseline full of bamboo forest. They move in hundreds and spending much of their moments around the bamboo canopy while harvesting bamboo shots from the high but in most cases they get on the ground also. These glittering creatures are never shy, they can pass close to tourists and the only thing for you is simply to follow them.
Golden monkey permits:
Golden monkey tracking costs $50 for foreign non residents, $40 for foreign residents and shs.20000 for East African residents. There is only one habituated troop of golden monkey that is set for trekkers and researchers.
How to get there:
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is 510 kilometers from Kampala. Tourists can travel via Kabale and Kisoro; 434 kilometers from Kampala to Kabale. Tourists can also use scheduled flights from Entebbe International Airport to Kisoro Airfield.
In conclusion, Uganda is not only known as one of the best destinations for gorilla trekking but also a destination for tourists to catch a glimpse of world’s golden monkeys. With variety of activities to do while in your safari in Uganda, visitors have a wider range of remarkable tourism activities to engage in and at the end of the day, the experiences in the wild are never regrettable in anyway in life.