Primate Tracking in Uganda – Mountain Gorillas & Golden Monkeys
When it comes to primate tracking in Uganda, mountain gorillas are the most popular followed by the chimpanzees abundant in the country.
However, for this article here is primate tracking in Uganda for mountain gorillas and golden monkeys. Both mountain gorillas and golden monkeys are endemic to a small range in the East African region and in Uganda, these two elusive species only co-exist in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.
This is the only place where one can see golden monkeys in Uganda and the other habitat for mountain gorillas apart from Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Mountain Gorilla trekking
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is Uganda’s smallest national park and home to mountain gorillas with 1 habituated gorilla family known as the Nyakagezi gorilla group.
Tracking the Nyakagezi gorilla group is amazing with the fact that this group is big and social compared to many other habituated gorilla groups.
The family is comprised of three silverbacks, 2 adult females, 2 black backs, and 2 infants. The Nyakagezi family is led by Silverback Mark assisted by Mafia, Ndungutse, and Bugingo.
Rukundo is the sole Black back, Nshuti an adult female plus two babies namely Nshuti baby and Fred. Silverback Bugingo was formerly the lead silverback before Mark took over, however, the former is happily playing the role of the “senior” silverback in the group.
Such a group is rare to find since in many families big groups separate to have dominance and 2 silverbacks can’t lead the same group.
Nyakagezi family is one of the easiest to track given the fact that it prefers a narrow home range for feeding, resting, relaxing, and recreation.
In case you are not ready to hike for a long distance, Mgahinga is a better option since they can be found after a short time of trekker rather than those of Bwindi that may require a longer time to trek.
Golden Monkey Tracking – Primate Tracking in Uganda
Golden monkeys are beautiful primates with a golden coat and black patch that makes them look very unique and attractive.
Golden Monkeys are only found in three countries of Africa within the high altitude bamboo in Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in southwestern Uganda is the only place in the country that has these beautiful species.
The golden monkey is one of the primates in Uganda preferred for tracking by tourists on Uganda safaris. They are only found in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda.
This same park is home to mountain gorillas and best for a gorilla trekking safaris Uganda. It’s from the fact both golden monkeys and silverback gorillas live in the same park that the slogan “where gold meets silver” was derived.
The golden monkeys in Mgahinga go through a habituation process to get familiar with the presence of humans before they are opened up to tourists.
The habituated troops are available for tracking and the semi-habituated groups are available for golden monkey experiential.
Golden monkey trekking isn’t as exhausting as gorilla tracking since the golden monkeys do not build new nests each day and therefore their movement is easily traceable.
The golden monkey experiential is the best way of having a greater insight into the lifestyle of the monkeys. You spend more time with the golden monkeys and learn their behavior before being fully habituated.
They live in groups of different sizes sighted from 3 to as large as a group of 100 each group led by an alpha male. In size, the golden monkeys that live in the higher elevations are smaller compared to those in lower elevations.
In most cases, the golden monkeys sleep in one of their sleeping areas after a day of feeding. They sleep on top of dense bamboo plants or several bamboo plants that they weave together to make a sufficient foundation to sleep, they do this in small subgroups of 4 individuals.
When they make a sleeping area, the next day, they will feed close to the sleeping area such that they return in the evening to sleep. This is different from the mountain gorillas that spend each night in a different place.
For both mountain gorillas and golden monkey trekking, book at least a 4 days safari to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park from Kampala or a shorter trip from Kigali Rwanda.
The primate tracking in Uganda trip can also be one of the long safaris in Uganda tailored with Uganda wildlife tours or birding trips since Mgahinga is a great bird-watching spot in the country and also within the region.
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