Forest Walks

Weave through the multiple trails in the Tiwai forest to explore up to 50km of walking paths. If you move silently through the forest, you can glimpse some of the rarest & most colourful primates in the world, such as the Diana & Colobus monkeys.

Listen to the sounds of hornbills flying overhead and monkeys calling from the canopies. Take a break under Tiwai’s 200 year old giant tree.


Canoe Tours

Canoe tour on the Moa River

The Moa river journeys from Guinea, close to the tip of the river Niger, travelling south across Sierra Leone and flushing out into the Atlantic Ocean. You can take a river tour by canoe, watching birds fly overhead, river turtles surface or a night tour to search for the elusive and extremely rare pygmy hippopotamus.

Up River Tour: Takes you to the Tip of the Island, heritage sites and the beaches. You can see birds and monkeys along the way.

Down River Tour: You can experience the rapids, see the waterfall and animals such as crocodiles and birds like the Rufous Fishing Owl.

The Beaches

Beach on Tiwai Island, only available during the dry season.

At the tip of Tiwai’s northern edge lies one of two stretches of sandy beach. Access to the beach is seasonal, as in the rainy season, the sandy mounds are hidden underwater. You can enjoy a cooling swim in the fresh water and look out for river otter paw prints as they sometimes like to play on the sand.

Special Animal Trekking

Diana Monkey on Tiwai Island

Want to see the elusive pygmy hippo, specific bird and monkey species or a chimpanzee, ask a staff member to organise a trek with an experienced forest guide.

Best time to see a pygmy hippo is between March to April.

Community Visits & Cultural Dance

Community members performing a cultural dance

Community members from the 8 Tiwai Island communities – Koya Chiefdom: Mapuma , Ngiema , Shegbema and and Barri Chiefdom: Kambama, Saihun, Niahun, Jenneh, Boma, can perform Cultural Dances for visitors to the Island. Each community will have the opportunity to share their own dancing style and stories with visitors. Visitors will have a chance to join in and show their dance moves as well.

Learn more about the communities and walking trails at The Tiwai Heritage Trail