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
Our new campus is open and welcoming visitors. We are excited to share our new home with the community and guests from around the world, as we work to help expand gorilla education and conservation in Africa. While on campus, you can learn more about Dian Fossey and gorilla conservation, see a replica of Dian’s cabin in the forest, enjoy our interactive exhibits, walk along the beautiful trails and lots more.
Campus Tour Options:
Self-guided tours allow you to experience the many immersive activities in our public exhibit — the Cindy Broder Conservation Gallery. Here you will find a 360-degree theater, replica of Dian Fossey’s original cabin, a cafe and lots more. You can also learn about the region’s biodiversity while enjoying our many nature trails. Pre-booking is not required for self-guided tours. A suggested donation of $20/adult is requested, with funds supporting our conservation efforts.
Behind-the-scenes tours allow you to enjoy a full tour of the campus with a Fossey Fund senior staff member as your guide. This option includes visiting the public exhibit as well as a tour behind the scenes, where you will gain a greater understanding of the multifaceted work being done to protect the gorillas. These tours can be scheduled for any time of day, with the last booking time at 3 p.m. This tour generally takes about two hours and requires pre-booking. There is a minimum donation of $800 per group.
Silverback Sundowner tours are special evening gatherings featuring breathtaking views of the mountains, light refreshments and visits with Fossey Fund staff! Guests are invited to tour the public exhibit first and then meet up with our gorilla experts in the Virunga Overlook. Here you can share experiences and talk with our staff to learn more. A fine selection of non-alcoholic drinks, wine, and light snacks are included. Silverback Sundowner tours take place from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. and require pre-booking. There is a donation of $100/person with a minimum donation of $500 for groups of fewer than five people.
To book a behind-the-scenes or Silverback Sundowner tour, please email us and we will be happy to assist you.
Hours: Everyday from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Last entry is at 4 p.m.
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.
Terra Incognita Ecotours
Don’t forget to mention the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund when you book your trip!