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These little-known primates, Cercopithecus kandti, are a subspecies of the Blue Monkey. You might not get as close to the golden monkeys as you may to the gorillas, but their antics are fun to watch and the bamboo forests, which they inhabit, are an interesting environment. These fast-moving little creatures live in social groups of up to 100 individuals and they are very entertaining as they constantly swing through the bamboo or chase each other in circles all around you. They’re also very pretty, with shiny reddish-gold backs that blend in perfectly with the golden bamboo.

Preparation for your golden monkey trek:
Permits for golden monkey trekking
Even in peak season, there are generally plenty of permits available, though we would usually recommend booking them before your trip, to be on the safe side.
We will make all of the necessary arrangements to buy your permits prior to your trip.

What kit should you take for a golden monkey trek?
Paths on the treks can be slippery and muddy, so sturdy walking boots are essential. You might also find a walking pole helpful. A waterproof jacket is a good idea, as even in the dry season you’ll find there may be occasional downpours. You’ll often find your trekking through patches of thistles, nettles and brambles, so we’d recommend wearing long trousers versus shorts.

How fit do I need to be to take part in the golden monkey trekking?
You don’t have to be super-fit for a golden monkey trek, but it does help if you have a good general level of fitness, if only to enhance your overall enjoyment.
The monkeys can move fast when they’re searching for food, and so at times the pace of the trek can move fairly swiftly, though the guides will stop regularly for breaks.
Some travellers can find the treks particularly strenuous; though you’re not climbing up into the volcanoes, and the terrain near the bamboo forests is relatively flat, you’re still going to be at an altitude of around 2000-3000m. Don’t be surprised if you feel a bit breathless at this altitude, this is perfectly normal. We’d advise keeping well hydrated, paying attention to the directions given by your guide, and letting your guide know if you feel unwell at any point during the trek.

The golden monkeys are a great stand-alone experience for primate lovers, but we also do suggest that anyone trekking to see the mountain gorillas takes part in a trek to see the golden monkeys on the previous day, to help acclimatize to the altitude and surrounding terrain.

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