Golden Monkey Tracking
When it comes to listing some of the most fascinating adventure pursuits that draw a number of travelers to the African continent, Golden Monkey tracking is amongst them.
This experience usually includes meeting face to face with these primates in the Jungles. Golden Monkeys are subspecies of the old World monkey family, there are black-brownish in color with white strips in their faces.
There are herbivores in nature feeding mostly on bamboo shoot and stem, tree leaves and coconuts.
Golden monkeys like staying in the mountainous bamboo forested areas, bamboo forests are their main habitats. In the rainy season, these primates dwell in areas that are covered with this type of forest.
They live in communities that consist of male and female infants, juveniles and infants, spend most of their time feeding during day and later in the evening return to their sleeping areas. They spend overnights in nests that are constructed out of bamboo leaves.
Travelers have got the magical chance to meet with these primates in the Jungle, if you are not among them but wish to be, below are the top places you should visit while in Africa.
Where to go for Golden Monkeys.
Volcanoes National Park. Just in the north eastern part of Rwanda, you find this pristine destination that delights a plethora of holiday makers from different parts of the World.
You can easily get to this Park from Kigali city and it takes about 2-3 hours for the drive via a well tarmacked road.
Volcanoes sits in Musanze district, Kinigi, an area that is characterized with the coolest weather conditions in Rwanda, temperatures are very low.
Although it is known for Mountain Gorillas, this Park is home to diverse species of Golden monkeys. For a Golden tracking safari it is no doubt, you will sight a lot of them while feeding, resting in bamboo leaves and more.
What’s more, Volcanoes consists of five of the eight Virunga volcanoes and these include Mount Karisimbi, Sabyinyo, Bisoke, Gahinga and Muhavura.
Dian Fossey, an American conservationist who raised the first towards saving the lives of Gorillas was buried in this Park.
Other than Gorilla trekking and Golden monkey tracking, you can be part of other activities like volcano climbing, Dian Fossey hike and more.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Mgahinga is amongst the list of Uganda’s most visited parks. It is hidden far away in the South western part of Uganda. Mgahinga is part of the Virunga Massif, a region known for Mountain Gorillas and stunning sceneries.
The Park is bordered by Volcanoes National Park of Rwanda and Virunga National Park of Democratic Republic of Congo.
You can get to Mgahinga from Kampala via Kampala – Masaka – Mbarara highway or land in Rwanda – Kigali city a gateway to the western part of Uganda.
Like Volcanoes National Park, Mgahinga shelters both Mountain Gorillas and species of Golden monkeys.
Tourists visit this protected area mainly for Gorilla trekking, Golden monkey tracking and the incredible Batwa trail experience.
Kahuzi Biega National Park. This is another secret in Democratic Republic of Congo, it sits in the Eastern region of the country.
It is renowned mostly for Eastern Lowland Gorillas but it is also home to Golden monkeys though there are rarely seen and still wild.