Golden Monkey Trekking in Rwanda

Golden Monkey Trekking in Rwanda

When it comes to unique and captivating adventures, safari-goers in Rwanda are never left out of options. Visiting Rwanda to many is mainly for gorilla trekking but interestingly, there is a lot more to explore and experience. Golden monkey trekking is one of the kinds primate experiences holidaymakers should consider among their bucket-list of experiences. This is an exceptional wildlife safari experience that brings safari-goers on a close interaction with the strikingly stunning golden monkeys (Cercopithecus Mitis Kandti) while in their natural habitat.

Golden monkey trekking safaris in Rwanda are offered only in Volcanoes National Park in Ruhengeri region. This is estimated to be 2-3 hours’ drive if you leave from Kigali capital city of Rwanda. This 160sq.kms and ancient park is a renowned mountain gorilla safari destination but these rare species share the same habitat with golden monkeys which exist within only the Virunga Conservation Area. Visitor experience while on golden monkey trekking in Rwanda is centered on the Volcanoes National Park’s 2 already habituated groups of golden monkeys. One of the golden monkey family groups has family member range of 80 to 100 and they exist around the base of Mount Sabyinyo in Rwanda.

Golden trekking like gorilla trekking is carried out in the morning and all interested safari goers must present their valid golden monkey permits to be allowed to take part in this captivating adventure. With a golden monkey permit at hand, holidaymakers have opportunity of spending absolute 1 hour face-to-face with golden monkeys in the wild. All treks to view Rwanda’s golden monkeys in Volcanoes National Park commence with golden monkey trekking safari briefing on rules and regulation at Kinigi offices at 7:00am local time.

Golden monkey trekking permits

Because a golden monkey trekking permit is a must-have, holidaymakers should ensure that you obtain one early enough. In Rwanda, permits for golden monkey trekking are issued at US $100 per person per golden monkey trek. Remarkably, trekking to see golden monkeys isn’t as strict as to gorilla trekking especially on age limit.

About golden monkeys

Golden monkeys are special creatures on earth and they exist only along the Virunga Volcanoes/region in East-Central Africa. They are a few Albertine endemic species particularly concentrated within a specific region.
These rare species are part of the local sub-species of widely distributed Sykes monkeys also popular as the Blue monkeys. They are very playful, shy and can be witnessed jumping from one tree branch to the other.

Things to carry

As a safari-goer on golden monkey trekking tour in Rwanda, ensure that anything you pack is essential. Specifically, the following should be a must-have on your packing list; a good camera but free of flashlight, first aid kit, insect repellent, good and waterproof hiking boots, rain-jacket/poncho, energy giving snacks, bottled drinking water, daypack, long-sleeved shirts, gardening gloves and others.

When to go?

Trekking to see golden monkeys in Rwanda has no specific time. It is possible to get to Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park anytime of the year. But it is most enjoyable when you travel during any of the 2 dry seasons either during the long drier months that begin in June, July, August, September or December, January, February.

These months are the best due to low or no rains unlike the rest of the wet/rainy months that are characterized by heavy rains making the habitat and steep slopes slippery.

Places to stay in

Volcanoes National Park never runs of accommodation options-whether you travel on budget, mid-range/moderate or luxury safari, you have where to retire for the night while on golden monkey trekking in Rwanda. The top lodges in and around Volcanoes National Park Rwanda include Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/Virunga Lodge/Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge/Bisate Lodge all these are suitable for luxury holidaymakers.

Mid-range or moderate lodging options include Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge/Le Bambou Lodge/La Palm Hotel while budget lodges include among others Garden Palace Hotel/Muhabura Hotel/Kinigi Guesthouse.

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