African Primates Tracking Tips – Uganda and Rwanda
Among the most popular primates visited by tourists in Uganda and Rwanda are the Chimpanzees, black and white colobus monkeys as well as golden monkeys. Our focus today is on Golden monkey tracking in Uganda and Rwanda. The swift golden monkeys are always busy with pulling faces, grooming each other and flying between tree branches. Today, golden moneys are only found in Virunga National Park in Democratic Republic of Congo, Gishwati Forest, volcanoes National Park and Nyungwe forest in Rwanda as well as Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda.
It is amazing that Gorillas and golden monkeys freely move between the three countries without visas. The trek gives one an opportunity to see the apes in action, petting and having a siesta. Sandra E. Gray contend that, their groups are single male multi-family, meaning there are only one resident male and several adult females, plus young ones of varying ages.
However, for reinforcement, between three and 11 outside males are accepted to join the group temporarily during the breeding season. Communication in monkeys is by sign language, vocal sounds and facial expressions. Grey says these have not yet been comprehensively studied and only the most obvious gestures are understood to any degree. Monkeys eat 33 record plant species, including fruits and flowers.
Their menu further consists of small invertebrates and bamboo leaves that make up the bulk of their diet. Golden monkeys’ habitat is in the evergreen semi-deciduous and bamboo forests. Uganda Wildlife Authority directorate of conservation has now finished golden monkey habituation process for experiential tourism.
This strategy aims at diversifying tourism activities. Tracking experience takes place in the mornings and some times in some places in the afternoons within a 23– 50 hectare area to maximize the experience. “The fee is US dollars 50, inclusive of the park entry fees. The maximum number per visiting group per day will be six,” Ingrid Nyonza Nyakabwa, the Uganda Wildlife Authority marketing manager, says. “You will not have any regrets.
Golden monkey tracking in Rwanda takes place in Volcanoes National park, famously known for mountain gorilla tours. A 3 days tour package is recommended to see Rwanda gorillas and golden monkeys in Volcanoes national park.