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Uganda Gorillas, Golden Monkeys & Batwa Experience

Golden Monkeys in Uganda

Gorilla trekking is most the attracting activity in Africa and in the world only found in Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic Congo. Within Uganda, Gorilla trekking is done in Bwindi Impenetrable forest and Mgahinga gorilla national park in the south western Uganda. Trekking gorillas is now the leading tourism attraction for safari tour holidays in the world.

Gorilla trekking is the park’s main attraction and those wishing to track gorillas must obtain a gorilla permit to watch them. Observing these mountain gorillas lasts not more than one hour during trekking but one major factor is that there is no guarantee what time or how long it will take to find the mountain gorillas on your day of trekking; this depends on where the gorilla group is located. The trek can be from 2 to 8 hours after tracking in the morning which normally starts at 8:00am

Gorillas that are visited by people have undergone a gorilla habituation exercise; Gorilla Habituation is a process through which a gorilla family gets used to human existence. Habituation of a group usually takes about 2 -3years and after this exercise, people can be allowed to trek that particular family with all its members.

When you compare the prices for gorilla trekking in the three countries, Uganda Rwanda and Congo, Uganda trekking gorilla permit cost USD600 in the pick season and during the low season the permit cost USD450 for months April, May and November, and in Congo the gorilla permit cost USD400. When you look at Rwanda, it increased its gorilla permits from USD750 to USD1500, so for those planning for gorilla trekking safaris, you can still do gorilla trekking in Uganda or Congo at affordable price. The process for tracking mountain gorillas is the same in the three countries and all experiences are the same with only 8 people per gorilla group and a maximum of one hour is allowed to watch and observe the gentle apes. Remember Uganda has more than half of the world’s total population of mountain gorillas the rest live in the nearby Virunga Mountains.

Discover Golden monkeys in Mgahinga Gorilla Park found in Uganda, Rwanda and DR-Congo in the Virunga Volcanoes mountains, Golden Monkeys are sub-species of the blue monkey which are found in the bamboo forests of the Virunga Mountains.  We have Golden Monkey Experience that cost USD100 and Golden Monkey Tracking at USD50 both offering a lifetime experience. The two hours trek in search of golden monkeys is very much rewarding experience  to the trekkers because the trekking trails through green bamboo forest avails the visitors with the chance of seeing the hand some regal sun bird, Kivu grounds, interesting bird species such as the olive woodpecker, African hill babbler and other wild life. This makes golden monkey trekking a must do activity since it provides memorable experience which no visitors should miss on this or her safaris in Uganda.

Besides golden monkey trekking, take a safari in Mgahinga gorilla park to encounter the Batwa cultural experience who are hunter-gatherers and fierce warriors have for so long depended on the forest for shelter, food and medicine and the interesting and most rewarding experience here is having chance to take Batwa Cultural Trial which is a unique cultural trail led by local guides from the Batwa community, and visitors will learn about the historical life of the Batwa as a hunters-gatherers in the forest, and watch ,participate in the wonderful performances done by the Batwa in the sacred Ngarama Batwa cave. The memorable experience can only be got here in Uganda so for any potential tourists looking for destination to visit in Africa should book his or her safari with Budget Gorilla Trekking at only $80.

Gorillas of Uganda are not to be missed, the location of Bwindi and Mgahinga makes it easy to add on your tour other activities including the Batwa Cultural Experience with the original people of the forest the pygmies and the Golden Monkey tracking, Lake Mutanda and Lake Bunyonyi. Tourist prefer going to rain forests of Uganda, Rwanda and Congo trekking mountain gorillas and many of our clients end up doing double gorilla trekking because of the thrilling experience in either countries.


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