Trekking Golden monkeys in Uganda
If you are planning a safari in Africa, Uganda is truly one of the most unparalleled destinations in the world. More so when you want to encounter primates on your trip, then a Uganda safari tour is what you need to embark on. Dubbed the Pearl of Africa by the great Sir Winston Churchill, he says at the end of his book “My journey is at an end, the tale has been told. The reader who has followed so faithfully and so far has a right to ask what message I bring back. It can be stated in three words; “concentrate on Uganda”. Yes I say it again Concentrate on Uganda for here you can find the golden monkeys and the mountain gorillas.
Uganda is renowned for being the home of more than half of the world’s remaining critically endangered mountain gorillas that today are the epitome of tourism in Uganda. However, this beautiful country is also home to the magnificent golden monkeys. Golden monkey tracking in Uganda is the activity that brings you closer to these apes. The animals are descendants of the old world monkey and reside mainly in highland forests more so specifically near bamboo.
Golden monkey trekking in Uganda can be done in the Mgahinga National National park and is similar to the Uganda gorilla trekking. Mgahinga is an extraordinary stop to include into your travel itinerary to Uganda as it where “gold meets silver”. To cut the long story short at Mgahinga you can sight the golden monkey and the silverback gorillas with their families. The park is also a sanctuary for 75 diverse bird species and excellent for hiking. This only means that in just one trip to Mgahinga national park you can enjoy a gorilla trekking safari, golden monkey tracking encounter, a hiking expedition and a Uganda birding tour.
The monkeys are very social animals that move in groups of 30 individuals. No need to worry that your investment for a golden monkey tracking permit will go to waste as the chances of you catching a glimpse of their golden fur is 99.5%. Yes, it is that pretty close. Golden monkeys are fruit lovers but also feed on flowers, shrubs, insects and bamboo leaves.
The golden monkeys are classified as endangered on the IUCN Red list. They face threats such as destruction/ encroachment on their habitat that destroys their eco system they thrive in. A golden monkey trekking experience in Uganda is splendid and a delightful way to relax your body as well as contributing to the conservation efforts in Uganda.