Golden Monkey Trekking In Mgahinga National Park

August 29, 2023 | Bujo Safaris

Mgahinga national park is known to be the smallest gazetted park found in Kisoro district that is in the southwestern part of Uganda. It is about a 9 to 10 hours drive from Kampala  to the park headquarters. This national park is known for mountain gorilla trekking but also provides awesome trekking activities of the golden monkeys. Golden monkey trekking is an enthralling activity that requires you to move on foot through the forest searching for these habituated primates. This exciting activity starts with a small briefing at the park headquarters during which you are informed about the rules and regulations that should be followed once you get to encounter the golden monkeys.

Trekking takes about 30 minutes to 3 hours depending on the location of the primates since they are known to move in different places as they look for what to eat. Unlike the mountain gorillas, these monkeys do not leave any evidence of them having been in a certain place or area. 

Once you encounter the primates, you are given 1 hour with them and this helps you to learn about their ways of doing things on a daily basis. Take memorable photos of these golden monkeys jumping up and down. This activity is worth doing because it exposes you to a new world of these primates as you get to learn about their world.

The cost of a golden monkey permit.

A golden monkey trekking permit is a special document given only by the Uganda wildlife Authority to individuals who are above the age of 15. A permit costs USD 60 for foreign non residents, USD 50 for foreign residents and UGX 40,000 for east African citizens. The cost of this permit excludes park entrance fees, but covers trekking and the utmost one hour spent with these primates.

Booking a Golden Monkey Trekking Permit.

A golden monkey trekking permit for Mgahinga national park is obtained at the Uganda Wildlife Authority offices located at Kitante in Kampala. You can also book through a trusted and licensed tour operating company if you have no time and this helps you book in advance so as not to miss the chance to carry out the activity at your desired time. 

Rules And Regulations Of Golden Monkey Trekking In Mgahinga National Park

  1. You are advised not to feed these primates once you get in contact with them.
  2. You are not allowed to smoke or chew anything while in front of the monkeys because they might be attracted to you thinking you are eating food like bananas. 
  3. Do not spit on the vegetation in the forest because this is food for the animals.
  4.  Always use a camera without a flash because this light irritates and chases away the primates.
  5. Always create a reasonable distance between you and these primates because this prevents you from being charged at. 
  6. Do not ease yourself in the forest, in case you feel uneasy, always ask the guide and the rangers to show you where you will ease yourself without infecting anyone. 
  7. If you have any communicable diseases, you are advised not to participate in the trek because the primates might contact them and spread them to other animals in the forest and the park at large. 
  8. Golden monkey trekking is strictly for persons above the age of 15. Any child below that age is not allowed to carry on with this activity. 
  9. Avoid too much or loud noise when you get to encounter the primates because it might scare them away to other far quiet places where they feel comfortable.

You can do other activities apart from golden monkey trekking in the park such as bird watching, hiking Mgahinga mountains, community visits to the Batwa people, animal viewing among others.

Golden monkey trekking is best done during the months of June, July, august, September, December and January. These are regarded as the dry months and so tourists find it best to do trekking during this period because the trails are always free from mud and less slippery. 

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