May 26, 2015

DIAN FOSSEY : The Woman who lived with gorillas

written by muka

If you are a wildlife enthusiast , live in Rwanda or history buff , chances are you have come across this name before.

Dian Fossey was a zoologist best known for researching the endangered gorillas of the Rwandan mountain forest from the 1960s to the ’80s, and for her mysterious murder.

Dian Fossey was born on January 16, 1932, in San Francisco, California. While working as an occupational therapist, Fossey became interested in primates during a trip to Africa in 1963. She studied the endangered gorillas of the Rwandan mountain forest for two decades before her unsolved murder occurred in 1985, at Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. Fossey told her story in the book Gorillas in the Mist (1983), which was later adapted for a film starring Sigourney Weaver.


Click here to read her full biography

Uber Luxe Safaris provides the Dian Fossey Hike, (details below) a very popular tourist activity that can be done separately or along with other activities as listed on our activities page.


Dian Fossey Research Centre is found on the “Old Karisoke. Located in a beautiful meadow between the Karisimbi and Bisoke volcanoes with the Mikeno volcano in the distance. Remains of the old buildings can be seen as well as graves of some of the research gorillas that have died over the last 30 years, including the famous Digit which was killed by poachers, as well as that of Fossey herself.

The Dian Fossey graveyard is located on Bisoke volcano, the walk takes about 6-8 hours in all and is a fascinating way to explore the park and get a glimpse of the remains of this historic place. The paths go through afro-montane forest, bamboo, and woodland. Higher up there is Afro-alpine moorland, grassland and marsh, giant lobelia and senecio.

Contact us today for a full itinerary and cost enquiries.

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