Wake up early at 4h30am and transfer to Musanze to the (Park headquarters in Kinigi). The briefing starts at 7:00 am from there, you will be taken along other trackers to the starting point which is at the foot of the Volcano. The scenery is beautiful with dense green forest and the five volcanoes standing in all directions. Finding the monkeys is easy because they love eating bamboo which is found on the lower slopes of the Volcanoes. After finding them, you are allowed one hour with them.
You are free to follow them if they move about. Golden monkeys are not shy once they finish the process of habituation. Expect to have close encounters with them which will allow you to get nice photos of them. Unlike mountain gorillas, golden monkeys don’t mind flash cameras. In fact, they love being photographed. Taking good photos is not easy because of their mobility but you will have no issues with videos. Golden monkeys are very playful primates and you will be amazed as you watch them demonstrate their natural skills in climbing trees and picking tasty shoots from the edges of bamboo trees. They love potatoes and will not hesitate to go out into human gardens to get a few.
You will learn more about their behavior and why they are endangered. You will return to the starting point after the one hour with the Golden Monkey and then continue to Iby’iwacu Cultural center (Gorilla Guardian) for a Rwandan culture Experience then drive to Ruhondo Lake for Dinner and overnight.
Accommodation: Ruhondo Beach Resort