In the whole world, golden monkeys live only in central Africa and Virunga massifs has a population of about 3000 to 4000 individuals. In Mgahinga Gorilla National Park at least a troop of 40 – 60 golden monkeys are habituated and visitors hike to higher altitudes in the bamboo zones where they stay most of the times. These primates are very striking to photograph with their golden and silvered black fur, though they move swiftly you just have to be good at taking pictures.
The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) successfully habituated golden monkey troops for experiential tourism. The activity is very new and you should never miss to encounter the rare golden monkeys either during morning or afternoon hours depending on your interests.
Experts estimate that over 3000 golden monkeys inhabiting the bamboo forests at 2,000 meters above sea level. The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) habituated 42 to 60 of them and groups of six visitors led by experienced guides can closely encounter the rare primates not found anywhere else within Uganda.
The activity costs 100 USD inclusive of park entry fees and usually lasts for four hours depending on the average fitness of visitors and capacity to move.
Please note that unlike gorilla trekking, visitors are not required to book for golden monkey tracking in advance. Get to the park Uganda wildlife visitor center and pay for the permits.