Golden monkey tracking in Rwanda is one of the exciting safari activity that shouldn’t be missed by any tourists as these primates do have a golden fur coats on top of their backs as it gives a good colour that is beautiful to watch and it can be only be done in volcanoes national park which is located in the northwest of Rwanda unlike in Uganda where it can be done in Bwindi impenetrable national park. There are two habituated golden monkeys that live in this national park where each group consist of around 70 and 100 members respectively members of which, most of them live in the Bamboo forests. Golden monkeys are endangered species and unique in nature located in the Virunga mountain ranges as it spans near the border of Rwanda, democratic republic of Congo and Uganda.
It is always a fun experience when tourists come and see these stubborn primates that do move up from tree to the next tree feeding in the bamboo forest leaves. The craziest part of these primates is that they do move close the tourists in about few meters which is a good sight for seeing these golden monkeys by tourists as they give a good impression to the tourists to come again and watch colorful primates.
For one to see these colorful primates, a permit is needed as it costs around 100dollars to watch which is normally booked around 3 months back before one alives at the park. Rwanda tourism board is the body responsible for the issuing of golden monkey permits in Uganda. A group of eight people are needed to this activity as it may not take a long period of time watch. Furthermore, when one reaches at the park in the morning hours, he will be required to check on his permit whether the permit is available, and then after he will be taken though the all procedures and protocols needed to do this activity by an English speaking guide.
What is interesting about Golden monkeys trekking compared to mountain Gorillas tracking in Rwanda is in two things one being that in golden monkeys trekking where there is no limit of number of people needed to do this activity which is not in mountain Gorillas were they state a certain number of people needed to do this activity (8 people are needed in one group as it can encourage tourists to do both golden monkeys tracking and mountain Gorillas at the same time. The second part which is interesting is that it is normally done in low land areas as not too much fitness of the body is needed to do this activity unlike mountain Gorillas which is done in mountains as the name suggests.
To start trekking in volcanoes national park of these primates, one is needed every early in the morning at the national park head quarters at 7:00am to get a gorilla permit just in case haven’t got your permit to do this activity. Their after, you will be transferred to Sabinyo volcanoes which takes about 10 to 15 minute drive before which you will be briefed what is needed to do this safari activity. Tourists are given one hour to spend time with these primates as they take photographs moving together with them to their places they live.
Furthermore on these golden monkeys, they do have long tails at the back of their body which helps them do balance up in the branches of trees during their movements from tree to another which is not with the mountain Gorillas as the name suggests. When you look at what they do in their daily live is that, they do like and love digging sweet potatoes in the soil and do clean them when want to eat.
There are some requirements that are needed to do this activity that include having long trousers, long sleeved shirt, a hat light-rain-Jacket, poncho, water proof hiking boots which might be used at any time of the year when rain has occurred, plus also food like snacks which might be either be given to you by the park staff or brought by you from your home that are needed during the course of tracking never know how long is the trip. A porter who can carry these items is needed just when you start your Golden monkey tracking in the park to carry and safe guide your items
There are number of hotels and lodges that are both situated in and out of the volcanoes national park having various rates of accommodations ranging from budget, midrange to luxurious accommodations. This gives a wide section of lodges to be booked within time which are normally booked by Safari companies on behalf of the tourists these include the following home inn, Virunga Hotel, Red rocks Rwanda, La Palme hotel, villa hotel.Read More