What is the minimum and maximum age for golden monkey in Mgahinga? Where to see the endangered golden monkeys in Uganda? Golden monkeys are rare species and are red- Marked on the list of seriously endangered species( IUCN RED-LIST) belong to the ole world monkeys that reside in the Virunga volcanic region of East and Central Africa, they are found in the south western Uganda in Mgahinga National park. The Golden monkey’s preferred habitat in bamboo and forest zones as they feed of fruits and bamboo, and their movement or shift in location depends on the prevailing season and climatic changes. Golden monkeys live in big numbers called communities where by a group has about 100 members.
These primates are endangered and endemic to this region, sharing their home with the world-famous Mountain Gorilla, as well as buffalo, forest elephant and other species of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds. Unlike gorillas they are small, do not make nests and leave little evidence of their presence on the forest floor, and at times can be quiet especially in the presence of their main predator the eagle.
Mgahinga National Park.
Mgahinga National Park is found Kisoro district south western Uganda, East Africa. Mgahinga gorilla national park is among the Virunga volcanic mountain chain of Rwanda, Congo and Uganda famous for Mountain gorilla safaris. The park is Uganda’s smallest national park which is boarded by Volcanoes national park in Rwanda and Virunga national park in Democratic Republic of Congo and Bwindi Forest National Park in Uganda. Mgahinga gorilla national park has the three volcanoes namely Mountain Gahinga, Mountain Sabyinyo and Mountain Muhabura all of which are part of the six Virunga Mountains and conservation area. Mgahinga National Park harbors the endangered mountain gorilla and the Golden Monkeys. The park is a tropical rain forest comprised of lowland equatorial evergreen forest, tropical seasonal forest, montane rain forests and mountain Bamboo.
What is the Minimum and Maximum age for golden monkey tracking in Mgahinga?
The age limit for golden monkey trekking in Volcanoes National Park is 12 years and travelers Passports will be checked at the Park headquarters, so kindly make sure all the travelers for this trek are 12 or older. There is no Maximum age for golden Monkey trekking provided you are an adult and able to trek.
In cases of Minors, we always encourage our clients to provide us with copies of their pass port, before booking and securing the gorilla permits. Children being under age does not stop you from coming along with them for your golden monkey trekking, as you engage in the trek, we can get them busy through variety of activities such as nature walk around the hotel, Games, or community visit to keep them busy as they wait for you.
What is the cost of golden monkey permits in Uganda?
Uganda Wildlife Authority is a body in charge of Mgahinga National Park in Uganda where golden monkeys are found. They are in charge of Issuing of the permits to travelers who are interested in golden Monkey tracking.
The golden monkey permits cost USD100 per person for foreign residents, USD90 for East African Residents in Mgahinga national park, the permit allows you to view the golden monkeys for one hour once you find them and every traveler must secure the permit from Uganda wildlife Authority to be allowed to trek, you will need to send us the exact dates when you intend to travel and your anniversary date, We shall availability and book your permits online, once your payment is done, we shall secure your permits which the guide will present at the Park headquarters for you to be allowed to trek
Where to stay for golden monkey tracking in Mgahinga?
Mgahinga National Park has many options of accommodation to stay in. Most of the lodges are found in the out skirts of the park with a clear view of the forest and the mountain ranges. The Lodges/hotels range from Budget to Luxury and these include; Gahinga Lodge which is a luxury hotel, Lake Chahafi Lodge, Lake Muhele Lodge, Lake Mutanda Resort which can serve as for both Midrange and Budget. These lodges are comfortable and safe and special dinners are arranged to celebrate your wedding anniversary.
How to get to Mgahinga National Park
Mgahinga gorilla National Park can easily be accessed from Kigali in Rwanda just four hour drive from to the Park, through the Chanika boarder between Uganda and Rwanda, you will require clearance with both countries. The drive from Kigali can start from the Airport /hotel and then cross into Kisoro district in Uganda for Lunch and overnight. You can as well get to Mgahinga National park from Entebbe/Kampala, where you will drive approximately 9-10 hours’ drive on Kampala-Mbarara- Kisoro highway. The journey is enjoyable and there is a lot to see on the way.
There is also and option of flying from Entebbe international Airport or Kajjansi Airstrip and the flight is about 2 hours into Kisoro Airstrip. The park headquarters is only about 30 minute drive from the Airstrip. There are scheduled flights departing every day with Aerolink Uganda and other flight companies, charter flights are also available. Most times the equipment can be transferred by road transport as it may not be allowed of the Aircraft as they are small.
Why book with Eco Adventure Safaris to trek golden monkeys in Mgahinga
Eco Adventure Safaris is experienced in organizing amazing golden monkey experiences. For the last ten years, we have overtime assembled a team mixed with young and energetic staff guided by well experienced mature managers and directors who are Ugandans and passionate about what they do. If contacted, one of our staff will assist in providing accurate and timely information that you can rely on within the Five Minutes. Contact us here about the minimum and maximum age for golden monkey in Mgahinga