For the last 5 months the world has been on the lockdown because of the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic this also directly affected tourism worldwide including the primate tourism activities in Rwanda which were forced to close to curb the spread of the virus to the endangered species Mountain Gorillas and Golden Monkeys that leave in Volcanoes National park and other parks in Rwanda forcing Rwanda to reduce the number of visitors per Golden Monkey family from 16 to 12. However, by the start of June many countries started opening up for tourism starting with domestic tourism, Rwanda also has since then opened up for tourism activities which kicked off on 17th June 2020 starting with domestic travelers and chartered fly in travelers with strict follow of the guidelines set by the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization to control the spread of the COVID-19 and ensure the health and safety of all tourists visiting Rwanda, this also included reducing the number of visitors per Golden Monkey family from 16 to 12 in the new normal tracking a group at a time.
Rwanda is one of the best places in the world to see primates in their natural habitat; Mountains Gorillas, Golden monkeys and Chimpanzees. Primate tourism activities in Rwanda include Gorilla tracking only done in Volcanoes National Park, Golden Monkey tracking done in Volcanoes National and Gishwati Mukura National Park, and Chimpanzee tracking done in Gishwati Mukura National park and Nyungwe National Park.
Rwanda Government through the Rwanda Development Board on 17th June 2020 re-opened up for tourism activities in all its national parks and other parts of Rwanda together with its private sector Rwanda Development board is offering attractive all-inclusive tourism packages for Rwandans and foreign residents. The packages are designed for you to explore Rwanda’s amazing leisure and recreational activities across the country. Because of Covid-19 effect the board also offered various offers and discounts on various activities in Rwanda National Park which will be operational until 31st December 2020 as below;
Rwanda government through the Ministry of Health, Rwanda Development Board and other international organizations has set various guidelines to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 and ensure the safety and health of all tourists visiting Rwanda for Golden Monkey tracking and other tourism activities in Rwanda National Park. Here below are the guidelines we recommend you follow during your visit to Rwanda;
To ensure the safety and health of tourists during golden monkey tracking in Rwanda, Rwanda has reduced the number of visitors tracking a given golden monkey family from 16 visitors to 12 visitors this measure will ease practicing social distancing during the trek and the one hour encounter with the Golden monkeys once you find them.
Golden Monkey tracking is done in Volcanoes National Park and Gishwati Mukura National Park. In Volcanoes National Park Golden monkeys live along with the Mountain Gorillas and with this you can as well do both trek on your visit to this park and I Gishwati Mukura National Park Golden monkeys live along with the Chimpanzees and monkeys. Both National parks can be accessed from Kigali.
Like Gorilla tracking for Golden Monkey tracking you will also need to secure your golden monkey permit in advance for you to be allowed to go for the trek in either Volcanoes National Park or Gishwati Mukura National park. A Golden monkey permit costs USD $100 per person per trek in Rwanda. The permits are bought from Rwanda Development Board (RDB) in Rwanda. Like Gorilla tracking permits, Golden Monkey permits also sell out very quickly and tourists are advised to book their permits atleast 2 to 3 months in advance before the tracking date. This permit gives you an opportunity to spend one hour with the golden monkeys once you find them, it included park entry fees, conservation fees, ranger fees and government taxes.
There are lots of accommodation available near Volcanoes National Park and Gishwati Mukura National park with luxury, mid-range and budget accommodation facilities all available and the decision on where to stay is entirely left to the traveler to decide based on their budget and preference.
In Volcanoes National Park, Luxury lodge options include Five Volcanoes Hotels, Mountain Gorillas’ Nest Lodge, Sabinyo Silverback Lodge, Bisate Lodge, Virunga Volcanoes Lodge. These lodges try to do their best to go over and beyond in services to ensure that the guest who stay here are very comfortable and have the best time, with VIP rooms that sometimes come with room service and on the house alcoholic drinks(read includes on the lodge option before choosing)
The Midrange lodges in Volcanoes National Park, Mountain Gorilla View Lodge and Lebambou Gorilla Lodge, Davinci Lodge offering you good rates and value for moneys’ worth, these are the options to choose from when booking in Volcanoes National park.
For budget travels the options are many from budget accommodation to camping in Volcanoes National Park one can choose from Gorilla Solution Lodge, Villa Gorilla, Virunga Hotel, Faraji Hotel, Kinigi Hotel, Hotel Muhabura and La Palme Hotel or Home Inn.
For Gishwati Mukura National Park given the fact it being a new national park there are few accommodation options for your stay and the best one is Gishwati Lodge.
Encounter Africa safaris offers amazing Golden monkey trekking experiences in Rwanda. Contact us for our discounted packages and also tailor made Golden monkey tracking tours in Rwanda. Our professionalism in organizing authentic experience stems from the fact that we have overtime assembled a team mixed with young and energetic staff guided by well experienced mature managers and directors who are Ugandans and passionate about what they do. Encounter Africa Safaris is highly rated and reviewed on trip Advisor and safari bookings to help you learn on the experiences of the other travelers who have traveled with us and we are ready to follow all the set SOPs to ensure safety and health of our clients.
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