Can I Trek Golden Monkeys In Uganda And Rwanda

can i trek golden monkeys in uganda and rwanda


Golden monkeys are a unique and rare primate species found in Uganda at Mgahinga National Park in south-western Uganda and Rwanda at volcanoes national parks shared by three African countries.


Golden monkeys live together in their natural environment in harmony with mountain gorillas in Uganda and Rwanda. These endangered golden monkeys are playful and interesting when travelers meet them face-to-face. The golden monkeys are always living together in big groups of about 30 members per group. 


Golden monkeys always feed on bamboo shoots, wild fruits in the forest, leaves, shrubs, and wild insects. Golden monkey trekking is easier compared to mountain gorilla trekking since golden monkeys stay in lowland areas and live in large groups of about 30 members, although they move from one place to another.


In Uganda, golden monkey tours are carried out in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, the only place where these unique endangered species are found in lowland areas. Mgahinga National Park in Uganda is where gold meets silver because it is home to both mountain silverback gorillas, which live in the park's high altitude areas, and golden monkeys, which live in the park's lowland areas.


Just like the mountain gorilla trekking experience, golden monkey trekking experience starts in the morning with a briefing at 7:00 am, and trekking golden monkeys takes approximately 2 to 4 hours or more since they always have a mobile lifestyle in search of food.


 In Rwanda golden monkeys are seen at Volcanoes national park along the slopes of mountain Sabyinyo, where habituated golden monkeys are open for golden monkey trekking safaris all year round. Volcanoes national park is located in Musanze village in the northwestern region of Rwanda and takes about a 2-hour drive from Kigali international airport.