Rwanda famously known as the land of thousand hills. It is a landlocked country with a number of tourist attractions such as the Genocide memorial centre and renowned Volcanoes national park-home to the famous mountain gorilla and golden monkeys. Rwanda has registered an increase in tourist’s arrivals in the country. Rwanda government has come up with the strategy to increase the number of international tourists through postponing the gorilla naming ceremony (kwita izina) from June –July to September. September is an International world tourism month and according to the Chief tourism officer at Rwanda Development Board Belisa Kariza, the aligning of the Kwita Izina event scheduled to be held on 2nd September 2016 inside Volcanoes national park will enable them fill the gap that is usually experienced in the low tourist season that begins in September.
Golden monkeys are very interesting monkey species found in the Virunga volcanoes. These black and golden-orange patched upper flanks monkeys are among the rare endangered primate species in the wild. In Uganda they can be observed together with the mountain gorillas in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Uganda Wildlife Authority introduced experiential tourism where by the primate lovers can spend about 4 hours observing about 42-60 habituated golden monkeys jumping from one bamboo tree to another in the dense bamboo forest. This amazing activity can be enjoyed either in the morning or afternoon at only $100 inclusive of park entrance fees. A maximum of 6 persons are allowed per every session per day. Bookings can be made at the headquarters or at the national park offices in Kisoro and Ntebeko. During the affordable gorilla trekking adventure in Bwindi impenetrable national park, you can also enjoy the habituated golden monkey tracking or experience in Mgahinga Gorilla National park.
The abundance of wildlife in the African savannah-Queen Elizabeth National Park is legendary. 1000 shades of Green’s Adventure packageaccords our client’s front row access to some of the greatest wildlife spectacles on the planet! For parks, besides being on a wildly avant-garde adventure, your experience helps conserve Ugandan wildlife habitats and is a contribution to the growth of sustainable tourism in Uganda.
We woke up by 6:00 hours, had breakfast and walked to NKURINGO meeting point by 8:00 AM. We handled in our identity cards for registration after which we were briefed by the rangers. The briefing took us about 45 minutes and Richard and Agatha led us to the game trail. The narrow path was carved out deep holes in the muddy rainforest floor.
As we moved briskly along the trail we had to carefully dodge piles of erosional stones on the ground and low hanging vine covered branches overhead.
The sun tried desperately to shine through the thick canopy of trees above us and the few rays of light that did reach the rainforest floor caused the morning mist to shimmer around us.
After about 30 minutes Richard made a sharp left turn off the game trail up into previously untouched vegetation. The intensity of the machete hacking increased as we carved a brand new path through the lush rainforest floor.
What started as a flat hike through the jungle soon turned into a steep climb over rocks, under fallen trees and through tangled vines. We splashed through streams and every so often our shoes sunk deep into the muddy ground.