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When it comes to comparing the price of golden monkey permits in Volcanoes National Park and Mgahinga National Park, many questions have been raised. As it is much cheaper in Rwanda than in Uganda there are many advantages of trekking in Rwanda compared to Uganda and vice versa. This issue of the price difference is basically out of policy difference between these two countries. The experience and duration spent with golden monkeys in Volcanoes and Mgahinga National Park is still the same.
The Golden monkey permit price in Volcanoes National Park Costs $90 per person per trek for the foreign nonresidents, this gives you an opportunity to spend one hour encounter with the Golden monkeys in Volcanoes National Park. Getting golden monkey permits in Rwanda can be done directly by booking them through Rwanda Development Board or through a trusted tour operator in Rwanda Eco Adventure Safaris.
The Golden monkey permit price in Maghinga National Park Costs $100 per person per trek for the foreign nonresidents, $60 per person for foreign residents and $60 for East African Citizens (Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya, Burundi, and South Sudan), this gives you an opportunity to spend one hour encounter with the golden monkeys in Mghainga National Park. Getting golden monkey permits in Uganda can be done directly by booking them through Uganda Wildlife Authority or through a trusted tour operator Eco Adventure Safaris. Mgahinga also offers an opportunity to spend more time with the golden monkeys that is a full-day experience through Golden monkey habituation which costs $140 per person giving you an opportunity to visit the semi habituated golden monkeys.
The whole truth is that both Volcanoes National Park and Mgahinga National Park have golden monkeys and there is no big difference when it comes to the experience obtained at the end of your trek. These are both found in the Virunga/hills with mainly bamboo as the main vegetation. Chances of seeing golden monkeys in Volcanoes National Park and Mgahinga National Park are 98% so whichever country you visit, you will be able to see these great apes in their natural environment.
What is the best park to see the Golden monkeys between Volcanoes National Park and Mgahinga National Park?
People say Volcanoes National Park is a better option than Mgahinga National Park. Reasons to support this is that Volcanoes National Park is a 2-3 hours drive from Kigali, that Gorillas are easily seen etc. This is indeed very true and no one can run away from it. People used to avoid trekking golden monkeys in Mgahinga National Park because of the 9-10 hours drive from Entebbe International Airport to Bwindi but now we arrange tours to Bwindi via Kigali which then becomes 2-3 hours drive only. With this, you land in Kigali, use the East African Tourist Visa (which allows you to visit both countries at ago) and then trek Golden monkeys in Mgahinga National Park. Because of this, even Rwanda tour operators are selling Uganda instead of their country.
In terms of Lodges, Both National Parks have Budget, Mid Range and Upmarket Lodges where you could choose to stay during your trek. Volcanoes National Park is the best place for gorilla trekking for those interested in staying in super-luxury lodges on international standards compared to Bwindi. These lodges offer great and luxury services some are ranked among the best in Africa and the country at large for example Bisate Lodge and Singita Kwitonda Lodge in Volcanoes National Park. However for those looking for many budget lodges then Bwindi is best option for you given the fact there are many options to choose from where to stay ranging from $30 to $100 as per your booked package.
In terms of the best golden monkey trekking experience, the whole truth is that both Volcanoes National Park and Mgahinga National Park have golden monkeys and there is no big difference when it comes to the experience obtained at the end of your trek. Chances of seeing golden monkeys in Volcanoes National Park and Mgahinga National Park are 98% so whichever park you visit you will be able to see these great apes in their natural environment. Golden monkey trekking in Mgahinga National Park also gives you an option to spend more time with the golden monkeys through Golden monkey habituation experience which is only done in Mgahinga National Park, a golden monkey habituation permit costs $140 per person giving you an opportunity to spend 4 hours encounter with the semi habituated golden monkeys under the guidance of trackers and researchers as opposed to one hour for the normal trekking.
Best time for golden monkey trekking in Volcanoes National Park and Mgahinga National Park
Both parks are open for golden monkey trekking all year round but it is also important to note that the forest is a tropical rain forest and can receive rain at any time. The best months to track golden monkeys include; June to August and December to February since they receive the lowest rainfall and the forest is less slippery. On the other hand, when you happen to travel during March to May and November there are chances of higher rainfall, you will be able to get discounts from some lodges for your accommodation.
Why book with Eco Adventure Safaris your Golden Monkey Trek in Rwanda or Uganda?
Eco Adventure Safaris is experienced in organizing amazing safari experiences to Uganda and Rwanda. We are also highly rated and reviewed on trip Advisor. We combine gorilla trekking safaris with eco-friendly and unforgettable high-end adventure and wildlife safaris that help preserve biodiversity, conserve wildlife and uplift local communities, these include chimpanzee trekking, Big 5 safaris and game viewing, Mountain Hiking, Boat cruises excursions, and Cultural encounters to give you a memorable and best African Safari experience including popular and great African safari destinations Tanzania, Kenya, Botswana, and Namibia. Feel free to contact us about the Price of Golden Monkey permits in Volcanoes National Park.