The golden monkey tracking is among the prime activities in Volcanoes National Park that would flow smoothly if incorporated with Rwanda gorilla safari for any traveler visiting Rwanda.
The golden monkeys are considered world over as endangered and
surprisingly they are limited in range to the Virunga massif and the
Giswati forest in the destination Rwanda. The countries that share the
Virunga massif have gone ahead to habituate groups of these species so
as to increase their value to humanity and gain reverence for their
continued existence including attracting world travelers on gorilla safaris in Rwanda to spend more time in the park as they track golden monkey as an additional activity.
Scientifically referred to as Cercopithecus Mitis Kandti, the golden
monkeys are re-known sub species of the Blue Monkey and noted to be
rare. They are interestingly playful and very inquisitive usually
spending much of their time leaping from branches of Bamboo or doing the
frolicking on the floor of the forest to the Volcano base and are noted
to have overcome their natural shyness to withstand the regular visit
of researchers and leisure travelers on gorilla safari in Rwanda
In Volcanoes National Park, there are two (2) notable golden monkey
groups with one comprising of about 80 - 100 members settling on the
foothill of Mount Sabyinyo. The golden monkey trek follows more less the
similar procedure as that of gorilla trekking in Rwanda.
You gather at the headquarters Kinigi and involves one hour of direct
viewing session with the golden monkeys. However, the departure for
golden monkeys is 7am while the permit is $100 which differs with the
gorilla trekking whose departure time is 8am and the permit at $750.
Additionally about the variance is that the numbers to track golden
monkeys are not limited unlike the gorillas which are put at only eight
The golden monkeys are notably active creatures that leap from
tree to tree something that is really entertaining but also challenging
to photograph. The visitors are usually recommended to set the cameras
in a fast shutter speed that allows low light in the dense undergrowth
and increase the chances of capturing the golden monkeys on the film.
Golden monkey tracking is acutely the ideal way to spend an additional night in Volcanoes National Park while on gorilla trekking safari in Rwanda.