Golden monkey trekking permits in Uganda
Golden monkey trekking permits in Uganda; Golden monkey trekking permits are legal cards that are issued by Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) to visitors above the age of 15 years allowing them to visit habituated golden monkey families and spend one hour with them in their natural habitat. Golden monkey trekking is only done in Mgahinga gorilla national park which is the smallest national park in Uganda located in southwestern region in Kisoro district bordering with Volcanoes national park in Rwanda and Virunga national park in Congo. Mgahinga gorilla national park is also known for harboring the endangered mountain gorillas, variety of bird species, the three Virunga Mountains among others.
Cost of golden monkey trekking permits in Uganda
Golden monkey trekking permits in Mgahinga gorilla national park cost 100 USD per person for foreign non residents, 80 USD per person for foreign residents and 60,000 UGX per person for East African citizens.
Golden monkey habituation permits in Mgahinga gorilla national park cost 140 USD per person for foreign non residents, 110 USD per person for foreign residents and 120,000 UGX per person for East African citizens.
How to book golden monkey trekking permits
Golden monkey trekking permits in Uganda can either be booked directly through Uganda Wildlife Authority where you will contact the park offices through email or telephone calls. Golden monkey trekking permits in Uganda can also be booked through Achieve Global Safaris a trusted tour operator where you will contact us with the date, month and year when you wish to visit the golden monkeys. After contacting us we will check for permit availability and if there are permits available on your preferred date, you will be asked to make a deposit for the permit. Once we receive the payment, we will purchase the permit on your behalf and send you a scanned copy of the receipt as confirmation.
Golden monkey trekking experience in Uganda
Golden monkey trekking is an interesting and active activity that involves tourists moving on foot into the tropical rainforest in search of the habituated golden monkeys and once found spend one hour with them in their habitat. Golden monkey trekking in Mgahinga gorilla national park starts early in the morning at around 8:00am with a briefing about the rules, regulations and expectations at the park headquarters. After the briefing, you will be allocated an experienced park guide and start trekking in the forest following trails of left over bamboo shoot and leaves. During trekking, you will be able to view other primates, different plant species, birds among others and once the golden monkeys are located you will be allowed to spend one hour with them in their natural habitat where you will be able to watch them jump up in trees, watch them feed, play, take photos and record videos.
Best time to go for golden monkey trekking in Uganda
Golden monkey trekking in Mgahinga gorilla national park can be done all year round though the best time is during the dry season in the months of June to September and December to February because during this period there is less rainfall in the national park therefore access roads to the park and golden monkey trekking trails will be dry and passable which makes trekking easy compared to the rainy season when the trails are wet, muddy and slippery which make trekking difficult.
How to get to Mgahinga gorilla national park
Mgahinga gorilla national park is located in southwestern part of Uganda and can be accessed by road transport means where you will drive from Kampala via Masaka, Mbarara, Kabale, Kisoro and then to the park headquarters which takes about 9 o 10 hours’ drive in a 4 WD safari vehicle.
You can also access Mgahinga gorilla national park from Kigali Rwanda where you will fly to Kigali international airport and then connect to Mgahinga gorilla national park via Cyanika border in Kisoro or Katuna border in Kabale which takes about 4 to 5 hours’ drive.
Mgahinga gorilla national park can as well be accessed by air transport means where you will book scheduled or charter domestic flights from Entebbe international airport or Kajjansi airfield to Kisoro airstrip and then connect to the park headquarters by road.
For more information about golden monkey trekking permits in Uganda, you can contact us at Achieve Global Safaris or visit our website to book a golden monkey Uganda safari package.