American talk show host and comedian, Ellen DeGeneres enjoyed a fruitful trip to Africa with her wife, Australian actress Portia de Rossi, after her long-running daytime show – the Ellen DeGeneres Show – ended on May 26, 2022.
After spending nearly two decades (19 seasons) entertaining audiences around the world with her humor, interviews and dancing, Ellen (64) is now relaxing in the bush while on safari in Africa, where she does really a difference for conservation. According to her latest Instagram post (today), she is currently in Zimbabwe.
Yesterday she posted a video of elephants and joked, “We’re out of LA, but we’re still in traffic.” Portia could be seen in the safari vehicle watching the elephants – she was the only passenger at the time enjoying nature… while everyone else was busy filming the scene on their phones! (Watch the video at the bottom of the page.)
Today Ellen posted four photos, including one in which she and Portia (49) are holding hands and clearly enjoying the well-deserved break. His caption simply read: “Safari life”.
Many proud Zimbabweans pointed out that the photos were taken at Singita Malilangwe in Chiredzi Zimbabwe.
One fan said: “It’s true girl!! You deserve this time off. You’ve done an amazing job of entertaining the world and not just America. It’s time to entertain you and your family. I love you Ellen.
Residents of Rwanda also thanked Ellen for her visit to their country and for the huge difference she is making there. Ellen and Portia were in Rwanda for the opening ceremony of the Ellen DeGeneres Campus of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund on June 7, where they were welcomed by the President of Rwanda.
Ellen has been a Fossey fan since she was 12, and on her 60th birthday four years ago, Portia helped fund Fossey’s Fund in Ellen’s honor. Portia says she bought the gift because “over the years Ellen has met the most amazing people on earth, really, but the person who had the biggest impact on her was someone she never met, Dian Fossey. I didn’t want to buy him another watch. I knew the show was ending and I wanted her to be engaged in something else that she loved, plus I wanted her to remember what was important to her as a child.
Ellen told The Hollywood Reporter, “When Portia gave me this gift, there were 800 gorillas, and today there are about 1,100. So it really made a difference, raising awareness.
She said her experience of trekking with gorillas has been life-changing and she hopes to get even more involved in conservation and her passion for saving animals.
Safari life. pic.twitter.com/x3DK0CQ1TH
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) June 10, 2022
Ellen posted this video and joked, “We’re out of LA, but we’re still in traffic.”
Yesterday we were thrilled to share the grand opening of our new home – the Ellen DeGeneres Campus of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund – with friends from around the world. @MASSDesignLab @TheEllenFund Be sure to read the whole story! https://t.co/GdjmBk6z0w pic.twitter.com/C37dUillfo
— Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund (@SavingGorillas) June 8, 2022
Our staff couldn’t contain their excitement @TheEllenShow and @portiaderossi at our new Ellen DeGeneres campus today as we dedicate our new home and conservation research center to the area. pic.twitter.com/dqLiosMCam
— Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund (@SavingGorillas) June 7, 2022
Today in the village of Urugwiro, President Kagame received Ellen DeGeneres @TheEllenShow, @portiaderossiand delegation after yesterday’s launch of the Ellen DeGeneres campus of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund @SavingGorillas at Kinigi, a conservation research center in the region. pic.twitter.com/l1UJEth2Ct
— Presidency | Rwanda (@UrugwiroVillage) June 8, 2022