What is the cost of a permit for tracking golden monkeys?

What is the cost of a permit for tracking golden monkeys?

Cost Of A Permit For Tracking Golden Monkeys – Imagine catching a glimpse of shimmering gold amid the lush bamboo forests, as an endangered yet playful creature dashes through the foliage. Exploring East Africa offers an unforgettable wildlife adventure, alongside the well-known gorilla treks of Uganda and Rwanda. These spirited primates, found only in the Virunga Mountains and Rwanda’s Gishwati-Mukura National Park, face habitat threats. Nevertheless, embarking on a trek to encounter them provides an exciting expedition and a chance to appreciate their unique charm while supporting conservation efforts.

About Golden Monkeys

In the verdant bamboo forests of the Virunga Mountains, the golden monkeys (Cercopithecus kandti) captivate with their vibrant golden-orange fur, standing out vividly against the lush greenery. These distinctive Old World monkeys boast a unique appearance, highlighted by their striking coloration, complemented by dark limbs and tails. Among the monkey species, males are notably larger, reaching weights of up to 12 kg, while females are slightly smaller.

Thriving in the bamboo-rich habitats of high altitudes, golden monkeys inhabit Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. A smaller population also resides within Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, Uganda’s Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Virunga National Park, and Gishwati-Mukura National Park.

Living in sizable troops comprising up to 100 individuals, golden monkeys demonstrate complex social structures. Under the leadership of a dominant male, these troops consist of females and their offspring, fostering strong family bonds. Through grooming sessions, playful interactions, and foraging for bamboo, these primates heavily rely on bamboo shoots as their primary source of sustenance.

Explore the thrill of Golden Monkey Trekking within Uganda’s Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

Nestled within the Virunga Mountains on the Ugandan side, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park offers a unique blend of mountain gorilla encounters, vibrant golden monkey sightings, and the opportunity to hike three volcano peaks. It stands as the exclusive destination in Uganda where visitors can embark on treks alongside these captivating primates.

Mgahinga boasts a flourishing golden monkey population, with one fully habituated group available for daily trekking excursions and another dedicated to research and immersive habituation experiences. Unlike the limited permits for gorilla trekking, golden monkey treks offer greater flexibility, accommodating visitors without strict limitations.

While gorilla trekking often steals the spotlight, embarking on a golden monkey trek in Mgahinga guarantees an equally remarkable adventure. These agile and playful creatures, smaller than their gorilla counterparts, provide a dynamic and enchanting viewing experience, ensuring an unforgettable journey amidst Uganda’s rich biodiversity.

Trekking Options:

  1. Classic Half-Day Adventure: Begin your journey at 8:00 am and enjoy a valuable hour with the golden monkeys.

  2. Golden Monkey Trekking: Immerse yourself in the world of these primates with a four-hour excursion guided by researchers. Gain insight into their behavior, habitat, and crucial conservation efforts.

Golden Monkey Tracking Permit Fees:
  • Foreign Non-Residents: $60
  • Foreign Residents: $40
  • East African Residents: UGX 40,000
  1. Golden Monkey Habituation Experience:

Golden Monkey Habituation Permit Fee: $100

Park Entrance Fees:
  • Foreign Non-Residents: $40
  • Foreign Residents: $30
  • East African Residents: UGX 20,000


Where to Stay:

  1. Gahinga Lodge (High-end): Price: $800 per person Nestled in the foothills of the Virunga Volcanoes, Gahinga Lodge offers an exclusive retreat with a serene ambiance, set against the backdrop of three extinct volcanoes. Its rustic charm creates a tranquil atmosphere, providing an ideal base for exploring and encountering golden monkeys and gorillas in Mgahinga National Park.

  2. Birdnest Bunyonyi (Mid-range): Price: $180 per night or room Located near Kabale town, Birdnest Bunyonyi offers luxury resort accommodation on the shores of Lake Bunyonyi. Just a 1.5-hour drive from Mgahinga National Park, it provides a comfortable stay and convenient access to the park.

  3. Lake Mutanda Resort (Mid-range): Price: $155 per person Situated on a peninsula overlooking Lake Mutanda, Lake Mutanda Resort offers a charming retreat amidst Uganda’s natural beauty. Although it’s a 1.5-hour drive from Mgahinga, it serves as an excellent base for tracking golden monkeys in Mgahinga, gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, and exploring the surrounding attractions.

  4. Chameleon Hill Lodge (Mid-range): Price: $125 per person Positioned atop a hill with breathtaking views of Lake Mutanda and the Virunga Mountains, Chameleon Hill Lodge provides accommodation at an affordable rate. It’s an ideal base for gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and exploring the slopes of Mgahinga National Park.

What to Pack for Golden Monkey Tracking Safari:

For trekking to observe golden monkeys in high-altitude rainforests, ensuring comfort and protection is crucial, similar to gorilla trekking. Here’s your essential packing list:

Footwear & Clothing:

  • Waterproof Hiking Boots: Provide ankle support for rugged terrain.
  • Long-Sleeved Shirt & Trousers: Opt for lightweight, breathable fabrics to shield against insects and scratches.
  • Warm Sweater/Fleece: Keep warm during cool evenings.
  • Waterproof Rain Jacket: Essential for unpredictable weather conditions.
  • Waterproof Backpack: Protect your gear from rain and moisture.
  • Warm Socks: Ensure comfort throughout the trek and evenings.

Photography & Observation:

  • Camera with Zoom Lens: Capture golden monkey moments from a distance.
  • Binoculars: Enhance your viewing experience with close-up observations.

Additional Essentials:

  • Hat: Shield yourself from sun or rain.
  • Insect Repellent: Guard against mosquitoes and bugs.
  • Sunscreen: Protect your skin from high-altitude sun exposure.
  • Reusable Water Bottle: Stay hydrated during the trek.
  • Snacks: Carry energy bars or fruits for quick refreshment.

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