What you should know about Golden monkey tracking in Rwanda

What you should know about Golden monkey tracking in Rwanda

June 24, 2014
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Tracking golden monkeys in Volcanoes National Park is one of Rwanda tourism highlight which many  visitors have found more interesting on their safari. You might be wondering what a golden monkey is but it’s simply humble primate specie with a widespread sykes and subspecies of monkeys. Also known as ‘blue monkeys”, golden monkeys are endemic to high altitude forests of Volcanoes National Park area. Some people think that its only mountain gorillas that are endangered but golden monkeys were also listed among the most endangered rare species left in the world.

Their playful character and inquisitive nature makes them so interesting to look at as they leap from bamboo branches found on the upper side of the park to the base. This helps them to overcome their shyness allowing researchers and tourists to come closer to them in their natural habitats.

In Volcanoes national park, there are 2 habituated Golden Monkey groups a visitor can track depending on his/her wish. One of the groups has around 85-100 members and it is found at the foot of Mt Sabyinyo.

Both golden monkey and Mountain gorilla tracking are similar and sometimes tourists tend to combine both in one itinerary. This helps them to have a combined adventure in the rainforest of Volcanoes and also minimize costs. In Rwanda, treks to view the golden monkeys normally start in the morning (at 7:00am) and the maximum time allowed to spend with the monkeys is one hour. A trek starts at the Kinigi, the park’s headquarters. Unlike gorilla trekking, the number of visitors on golden monkey trek is not limited and one is expected to obtain a golden monkey permit before being allowed to enjoy the activity. Currently, this permit costs US$100 per person per trek. These permits are issued at the park’s headquarters and a visitor is advised to book for them in time to avoid inconveniences.

While in the forest in search for the monkeys, you may find it hard to take clear photos because the monkeys keep on jumping from one tree to another but you can overcome this by setting your camera to a fast shutter speed to control the amount of light and increase the chances of capturing the monkeys on the film.

Trust me, spending a day in the wild with the rare primates is a delightful-lifetime experience that you will live to tell because of the adventure that comes with it. All you need to do is to contact us on info@rwandagorillasafaris.co.uk and we shall arrange for you a classic safari trip to Rwanda