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Visit Rwanda

Trace the origins of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund’s work and visit magnificent mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park. Seeing the gorillas will be an experience you’ll cherish forever. And there’s lots more to do while you are in Rwanda, including a trek to Fossey’s gravesite, or visiting golden monkeys and other national parks.

Visit the Ellen DeGeneres Campus of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund

Campus Entrance

The Ellen Campus is open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last entry at 4 p.m.) with several options for visiting. 

Campus Tour Options:

Self-guided tour:
Learn all about the gorillas we’ve studied for more than five decades and the current conservation efforts to ensure their future. Special features include a replica of Dian Fossey’s forest cabin and original artifacts from her work and life, a 360-degree theater featuring amazing footage of the gorillas, and a virtual reality experience.

Pre-booking is not required for a self-guided tour. A suggested donation of $20 per adult is requested for non-Rwandan visitors. All donations go directly toward supporting the Fossey Fund’s conservation work. Registration and donation can be done online in advance, or upon entry.

Behind-the-scenes VIP tours:
Embark on an private guided tour led by a senior staff member of the Fossey Fund. During this 1.5-hour visit, you’ll immerse yourself in our exhibits, enhanced by captivating stories and first-hand accounts. Additionally, you’ll have the unique opportunity to go behind the scenes, see our scientists in action and get a firsthand look at our real-time research focused on gorilla physiology and biodiversity studies. 

Behind-the-scenes tours are available on weekdays and require pre-booking at least 24 hours in advance. There is a fee of $800 per group with a maximum of 20 guests per group. Tours are available starting at 9 a.m. with the last tour starting at 3 p.m. Cancellations within 24 hours of the event are non-refundable.

Silverback Sundowner:
Immerse yourself in a unique and enchanting evening gathering, surrounded by the awe-inspiring beauty of nearby Volcanoes National Park. As the mist gracefully envelops the majestic volcanoes, creating an ethereal atmosphere, you’ll be treated to breathtaking views that evolve with the changing hues of the sunset. This intimate setting provides a rare opportunity to engage directly with those dedicated to gorilla conservation, gaining valuable insights into their work. Light refreshments complement the serene ambiance, making this event a memorable blend of natural beauty, conservation knowledge, and personal connections. Before the gathering, guests are encouraged to explore the public exhibits, enhancing the overall experience. 

Silverback Sundowners are available on weekdays and require pre-booking at least 24 hours in advance. They can be scheduled from 4-5 p.m. or from 5-6 p.m. A cost of $100 per person is required, with a minimum fee of $500. Maximum group size of 30 guests. Cancellations within 24 hours of the event are non-refundable.

Registration is required before entering the campus.


Visits to the gallery are free for Rwandan citizens.

General Travel Information

To find out more about accommodations, gorilla trekking, golden monkey trekking, and a trek to Dian Fossey’s gravesite, visit: https://www.volcanoesnationalparkrwanda.com/ 

To book a gorilla trek permit, visit: https://www.visitrwanda.com/destinations/volcanoes-national-park/

Please note, the Fossey Fund is unable to book a permit on your behalf. Traveling with a group of six or more? Email us for more information and custom itineraries.