Today would have been Dian Fossey’s 87th birthday, and though she was killed before she could realize the full value of her important work, we think she would be proud – and maybe a little surprised – that her vision lives on.


Mountain gorillas still exist today because of Dian’s courage and persistence. She NEVER wavered in her commitment to the gorillas – even in the face of significant challenges. But Dian’s legacy isn’t just the mountain gorillas…she proved that one person can truly change the world.


Dian and her legacy has given us more time with the gorillas.




Ellen DeGeneres, a much loved American comedian, television host, actress, writer, producer, and LGBT activist, turned 60!  Her beautiful wife Portia gave her and Africa a very special gift. Watch and read this.


We would like to celebrate Dian’s birthday today by showing you how you can make a difference and showing you how to get to see these wonderful endangered gorillas in Rwanda and DRC.

Click here to donate to the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International or visit the Ellen’s passion and read how she is making a difference.

And when you are ready to book Gorilla Trekking with us, let us know as we are happy to assist you with this once in a life time adventure, a memory that will stay with you forever.

Here are some striking images taken by Nelis Wolmarans of the exceptional Gorillas.



World Gorilla Day 24th September 2018 creates the opportunity for people all over the world to come together in celebrating the gorilla, and more importantly, taking action to protect gorillas in the wild.

2017 was the inaugural year for World Gorilla Day and it also marked the fiftieth anniversary of Karisoke Research Center, operated by The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International (DFGFI). Established by Dian Fossey, Karisoke is the longest running gorilla field study site dedicated to the conservation, protection, and study of gorillas and their habitats in Africa.

There are many great organizations and individuals dedicated to fighting for their survival, but greater awareness and investment are essential to gaining ground for gorillas. World Gorilla Day strives to be a rallying point for bolstering appreciation and action for these great apes.

For 2018, an added focus of World Gorilla Day will be on taking action for gorillas locally through electronics recycling, with proceeds from recycling efforts going to Gorilla SAFE, a conservation initiative which brings together scientists and stakeholders to identify the threats, develop action plans, raise new resources and engage the public in protecting gorillas in the wild. Funds will support on the ground protection efforts for Grauer’s and Cross River gorillas, the two subspecies of gorilla in most need of help right now.

Zoos, conservation stakeholders, and other interested organizations are invited to join the celebration on September 24 2018, and help give a voice to one of our closest relatives.

Please go and help and donate to our Gorillas.

World Gorilla Day



Uganda is rightly known as the ‘Pearl of Africa’, with unspoilt rainforest, wide open plains, one of the highest mountain ranges in Africa, lakes, waterfalls and wonderfully warm and welcoming people.

A close encounter with a family of wild gorillas led by a formidable silverback is probably on most travellers’ wish list. Trekking deep in to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest will bring you in front of these magnificent creatures where your heart will, almost literally, be in your mouth, and all the while a little voice in your head is telling you to stay calm. It’s a magical hour but Uganda is so much more.
Home to the ‘Big 5’, Uganda is dripping with authentic wildlife and cultural experiences. It offers you a true sense of adventure and rewards those intrepid souls with opportunities to track chimpanzees in Kibale, watch the River Nile explode down Murchison Falls, tick lions, leopards, elephants, over 1000 species of birds off of your wildlife wish list plus many more.
From the mist shrouded ‘Mountains of the Moon in the Rwenzori National Park to the bustling markets of Kampala. Learn to pick tea and witness the tree climbing lions of Ishasha. Immerse yourself in Uganda and it promises you some of the most complete African adventures imaginable.

Uganda lies on the equator in East Africa. The largest part of the country forms a hilly, green plateau of the African continental shelf between 1,000 and 1,500 m. At the Western border of Uganda lies the Central African rift valley. Throughout the year Uganda receives abundant rainfall, so the country is always green. In Uganda, there are both the typical east African savannah and the central African rain forests. Only in this lush Garden of Eden, can one observe giraffes, elephants, lions and leopards in the morning hours and in the afternoon admire the Chimpanzees or watch the hippos lazing in the water, crocodiles basking in the sun, as well as have an unforgettable Trek in the Rwenzori Mountains.
Uganda is home to more than 10 species of Primates that include the endangered mountain gorillas. They live in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, which is located in western Uganda, Mgahinga Gorilla and National Park in the southwest of the country. With 10 national parks and several natural reserves, is also home to the renowned “Big Five” and you will be guaranteed excellent game viewing without tourist traffic. Uganda, with over 1,000 bird species, of which a significant percentage is endemic, is a true paradise for bird watchers. In particular bird watching tours through Western Uganda can often identify 400 different species of birds.
Uganda has more to offer than just Wildlife, Lake Victoria, the second largest freshwater lake of the earth, the source of River Nile the longest river in the world which offers numerous opportunities for white water rafting. Derived from the traditional hospitality, the people of Uganda are referred to as one of “Africa’s friendliest people.” The Ugandan nation is made up of about 62 tribes that stem from 4 Ethnic groups that include; The Bantu, The Sudainic, The West Nilotes and East Nilotes.
Each tribe speaks its own dialect. English is the official language and Swahili is commonly understood, however Luganda is the widely spoken local language.

Wherever one goes, whether local or foreigner you will always be greeted with a friendly smile.


Look at all the amazing things you can do in Uganda


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Rwanda’s annual gorilla-naming ceremony, called “Kwita Izina,” took place on Sept. 1, and in addition to the infant gorilla named by the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, 18 other gorillas received names during this event.

Most of them were infants born in the past year, but a few were actually adult gorillas who joined the monitored gorilla groups during the same time period, arriving from groups that have not been monitored, sometimes from over the border in Congo.

Here are the new names of all the gorillas from the ceremony:

Mitimbili’s infant: A male, born on April 24, 2017, now called Uruyange, meaning “shiny.” He lives in Pablo’s gorilla group, which is the largest monitored by the Fossey Fund.


Kurudi’s infant: A female, born in Aug. 4, 2016, now called Macibiri, after Dian Fossey’s Rwandan nickname, Nyiramacibiri.

Tamu’s infant: Gender still undetermined, born on Sept. 8, 2016, now named Ubudasa, meaning “remarkable,” in reference to the young silverback who leads this group.

Ukuri’s infant: Gender still undetermined, born on Aug. 7, 2016, now named Umutware, meaning “leader” and honoring the leadership of Rwandan president Paul Kagame.


Mahirwe’s infant: A female born approximately April 1, 2016, now named Arakaza, meaning “welcome” because she was born while the group was in the Democratic Republic of Congo, outside of our tracking area.


Tegereza’s infant: A male, first seen on March 7, 2017, now named Iyamarere, meaning “enthusiastic.”

Rugira’s infant: Gender still undetermined, born on June 21, 2017, now named Urugano, meaning “generation,” to highlight investment in Rwanda’s youth.

Adult female in Ntambara’s group: First seen on March 8, 2017, now named Nsanganira, meaning “well accepted.” This previously unknown female was first seen in the group when they returned from ranging in Congo and is now well established in her group.

Other gorillas getting names include those in groups that are monitored by the Rwandan park authorities (Rwanda Development Board):



Ikoranabuhanga, meaning “information technology” to highlight this development in Rwanda.

Inyange, meaning “handsome and smart.”

Isuku, meaning “cleanliness,” recognizing how clean Rwanda is.

Inkingi, meaning “pillar” because gorillas are a pillar for the Rwandan economy.

TemberoRwanda, meaning “visit Rwanda,” to invite people to come to Rwanda.

Inkesha, meaning “star,” because the mountain gorillas are such important figures

Imirasire, meaning “ray of sun” to highlight Rwanda’s efforts in solar power.


Mudahinyuka, meaning “truthful and reliable.”

Ubwiza, meaning “beautiful.”

Iriba, meaning “water source.”

Also named was a new group that formed and is now called Muhoza, meaning “consolation.”

The annual Kwita Izina ceremony and associated events are organized each year by the Rwanda Development Board, which oversees management of Volcanoes National Park, home to the mountain gorillas.

Support the Fossey Fund’s gorilla protection and monitoring efforts by clicking here.


If you are ready to book your Gorilla trekking in Rwanda, Click Here and get ready for your life to change. We support Dian Fossey Fund and are very grateful for all her amazing profound work.  Dian lives with us everyday.


So this is how it started, Ellen DeGeneres, a much loved American comedian, television host, actress, writer, producer, and LGBT activist, turned 60!  Her beautiful wife Portia gave her and Africa a very special gift, watch this : (get tissues)

The Ellen DeGeneres Wildlife Fund was established to support global conservation efforts for critically endangered species. Building a permanent home for the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund is the first initiative of the Ellen DeGeneres Wildlife Fund. This project will permanently secure the future of wild gorillas in Rwanda by building on successful field conservation efforts, while empowering the people living near the gorillas to thrive in relationship to their own ecosystem.

In 1967, Dr. Dian Fossey founded the Karisoke Research Center in Rwanda’s Virunga mountains to protect and study the endangered mountain gorillas.  Although Fossey’s life was cut short, her work lives on in the people and programs of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and its continuing conservation success story.

“I love animals, and I want to protect them, especially when they’re endangered.  We need these incredible creatures and they need our love and compassion to help save them.” – Ellen DeGeneres

The last entry in her diary read..“When you realize the value of all life, you dwell less on what is past and concentrate more on the preservation of the future.”
Dian Fossey

Being in this industry and personally effecting all of us at Personal Collection, we are passionate about Gorillas and bringing clients over to experience this once in a lifetime bucket list opportunity.

So we have all been exceptionally happy and proud of Ellen for taking on what Dian started so many years ago!  And of course we are following her and Portia through her travels, so we wanted to share this with you. map

As per www.ellendegenereswildlifefund.org our Gorillas need love, attention and  protection.  Ellen is going to build a fantastic centre, creating employment, educating the community and the WORLD about Gorillas and why they matter. Bring Africa back on the map for its special wildlife.  In Rwanda, the mountain gorilla population has doubles since Dian first began her critical work.  They are the only great Ape that is increasing in the wild. However, they are only 880 mountain Gorillas alive on earth. 

So as Ellen and Portia are on social media, here is a recap of where they are and what they doing.

Firstly here is Ellen enjoying the wonderful and very special Giraffe Manor. Here is a little snap shot of their journey.

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Here is breakfast at Giraffe Manor.

Here is Portia ordering her Breakfast at Giraffe Manor

And here is Ellen flirting with a giraffe.

Her face during this trip has been priceless, you can see her heart is so full and happy.

Look at these  @theellenshow Instagram pics found and followed by us on our  personalcollectionByTA

Such happy hearts!


Follow Ellen and her journey and contact us when you ready to book your trip and keep posted on our specials on Gorilla trekking through Africa.

All images and information taken from  @edwildlifefund @ellentube