Despite being much smaller and less famous than the Mountain Gorillas, Golden Monkeys are still a delight to see. They are very active, so unlike the sedentary gorillas, you will witness them leaping between the high tree tops which adds to the excitement but may pose more of a challenge to photograph. We recommend packing a long camera lens.
Golden Monkeys (Cercopithecus kandti) are considered to be a subspecies of the Blue Monkeys (aka Sykes Monkey) and are members of the Old World Monkey order. The gold/orange patches of fur found on their flanks and backs di erentiates them from other species. This species is considered ‘endangered’, with its natural habitat restricted to the lower levers of the Virunga volcanoes, spread across the three countries Rwanda, D.R.C. and Uganda. Golden monkeys live within bamboo vegetation, their diet consisting of young bamboo branches, leaves, shoots, fruits and some insects. You will traverse through Mgahinga National Park’s dense forests of bamboo sometimes intersected with open glades. Expect the hike to be muddy and through vegetation including stinging nettles, but easier than the treks to the gorillas, due to the lower areas they inhabit.