The price of golden monkey trekking permits in Uganda can vary depending on the specific regulations set by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and other governing bodies. The cost for a golden monkey trekking permit in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park was around $100 for foreign non-residents and $50 for foreign residents. However, please note that prices may have changed since then, so it’s essential to check the current permit fees with the UWA or authorized tour operators.
As for the rules and regulations to follow during golden monkey trekking, they are similar to those for gorilla trekking and generally include the following:
- Group Size: Trekking groups are typically limited to a specific number of participants to minimize disturbance to the golden monkeys and their habitat.
- Guided Tours: Golden monkey trekking is conducted with the guidance of experienced park rangers and guides, who provide information about the golden monkeys and ensure the safety and well-being of both visitors and the primates.
- Respectful Behavior: Visitors are expected to maintain a respectful distance from the golden monkeys and avoid making sudden movements or loud noises that could startle or disturb them.
- No Feeding or Touching: Visitors should not feed or attempt to touch the golden monkeys during the trek, as this can have adverse effects on their behavior and health.
- Photography Guidelines: Flash photography may be prohibited to prevent any potential harm or stress to the golden monkeys. It’s essential to follow the park guidelines regarding photography during the trek.
- Environmental Protection: Visitors are expected to respect the natural environment and keep the trails clean by not littering or leaving any waste behind.
By adhering to these rules and regulations, visitors can contribute to the conservation efforts aimed at protecting the golden monkeys and their fragile ecosystem, ensuring a safe and enjoyable trekking experience for both visitors and the wildlife.