CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - Go2Africa, the award-winning safari operator, announce a new partnership with the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, the pioneer in mountain gorilla conservation, which will open its new educational Ellen Campus in Rwanda to the public in February 2022. Aimed at providing a more immersive experience for their travelers, while raising funds for the non-profit, Go2Africa has developed four experiences that will take travelers on a deeper and richer gorilla trekking journey.
“We’re excited to have more experiences to offer our travelers in Rwanda. The new Campus is a great addition to our gorilla trekking itineraries, if just for a quick visit or to enjoy one of our immersive experiences designed to educate and raise funds to support the Fossey Fund’s work in Volcanoes National Park and local communities,” says Maija de Rijk-Uys, CEO of Go2Africa.
Opening this winter, the Ellen DeGeneres Campus of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund will become the new permanent home in Rwanda for their work, which has been dedicated to the conservation, protection, and study of gorillas and their habitats in Africa for the last 54 years. Open to the public, the conservation campus includes a public exhibit designed to educate students, community leaders, and tourists about gorillas, conservation, the region and Dian Fossey. Visitors can explore the state-of-the-art experiences including interactive virtual reality and 360° film screenings, snack or dine in the cafe, or take in the view of the six volcanoes from the second-floor overlook.
For travelers looking to learn even more, Go2Africa offers four additional experiences providing access to the campus and its researchers. All proceeds are donated back to the Fossey Fund’s local children’s outreach program, which invites Rwandan school children to the campus to learn about gorilla conservation and biodiversity.
Dr. Tara Stoinski, CEO of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund shares, “The Ellen Campus was designed to help accelerate our scientific research, allowing us to better protect endangered mountain gorillas and their habitat. It will also serve as an entry point to conservation activism for the thousands of travelers who trek these parks. This partnership with Go2Africa will allow us to introduce passionate travelers to our important work while also raising necessary funds to keep the work going. We’re excited to engage with visitors at our new Campus this spring.”