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Where to trek Golden Monkeys from in Rwanda

Where to trek Golden Monkeys from in Rwanda


Golden Monkeys only survive in Mgahinga gorilla national park and volcanoes national park in Uganda and Rwanda respectively. The remaining populations live in Gishwata Mukura national park but are not habituated for trekking. Mgahinga and Volcanoes national parks are therefore the best places to encounter these  endangered species.

Volcanoes national park is roughly 3 hours from Kigali airport, which give travelers with short time chance to also enjoy this encounter. On the other hand, travelers to see golden monkeys in Mgahinga Uganda can fly into Rwanda at Kigali International airport and then cross over through Cyanika Border to kisoro proceeding to Mgahinga a few kilometers from Kisoro district.

Golden monkey trekking is one of the thrilling wildlife encounters every traveler to Africa should add on his/her bucket list to Africa. With roughly 5000 golden monkeys surviving in the whole world, an encounter with these endangered species is a not miss for a complete African safari package. The golden coat on the back distinguishes golden monkeys from other monkey species. On several occasions, golden monkey trekking comes second after gorilla tours which rank as the most done tourism activity in East and central Africa which attract the highest number of travelers from all parts of the world. Golden monkeys are scientifically called Cercopithecus Kandti and are subspecies of the blue monkey dwelling in the Virunga Volcanic Mountains of Central and East Africa. Unlike mountain gorillas, golden monkeys live in bigger groups comprised of over 50 members are also habituated to make them familiar with human presence before they are confirmed free for trekking. Regarding their feeding, golden monkeys are herbivorous species, which only survive on bamboo, fruits, leave, flowers and shoots. Golden Monkeys were once at the verge o extinction to habitat loss and civil wars in their natural habitats.

Golden monkeys trekking rules and regulations
Travelers are urged to follow the trekking rules and regulations to ensure sustainable golden monkeys trekking. These include keeping a distance of 7 meters away from golden monkeys, keeping calm, not to feed golden monkeys and keeping within the groups. Children below 15 years are not allowed to trek golden monkeys.

On the other hand travelers to see golden monkeys, they should spend an hour in the company of these endangered species. An hour is counted immediately from the time travelers set their eyes on these species. However, trekking can take several hours before meeting these species depending on their locations and their speed of movements. On reaching the monkeys, travelers are reminded to breath in, take heart and utilize this hour to the fullest. Hold your camera, look for a better position and take as many photos.