Message from Tommy Garnett, Advisor to TIAC and Founder of EFA:

We are delighted to inform all the friends of Tiwai Island Wildlife Sanctuary that the Island is once again fully open for business.

Thanks to the determined leadership of the Paramount Chiefs – PC Kanneh of Koya Chiefdom and PC Magona VII of Barri Chiefdom and the commitment and support of the eight Tiwai host communities: Boma, Niahun, Jene, Sahun and Kambama (Barri Cheifdom) and Mapuma, Ngiema and Segbema (Koya Chiefdom).

EFA have succeeded in repairing most of the damage caused by the October 2nd 2015 storm, at the Visitor Centre. We are particularly thankful to the JJ Charitable Trust fund, whose support to EFA’s Environmental Outreach Programme enabled the financing of key aspects of the repair work on the Island.

Destruction from the October 2015 Storm.
Destruction from the October 2015 Storm.
Repaired Visitor Centre and Platform after the storm.
Repaired Visitor Centre and Platform after the storm.

The people of Tiwai are excited with the progress and are looking forward to welcoming visitors, as they recognise the important role that ecotourism is playing, not just in protecting the forest, but perhaps more importantly in contributing to their social and economic livelihoods.

We hope that you will understand that by visiting Tiwai and/or inviting others to visit, you will be contributing directly to protecting Sierra Leone’s biodiversity, while making meaningful contributions to support the livelihoods of the custodians and caretakers of this magical paradise in the Moa River.

Welcome to Tiwai Island
Welcome to Tiwai Island

Update on the new facilities and services:

  • Breakfast will now be inclusive with your overnight stay.
  • The Research Lodge with 8 rooms and 3 showers is now available for guests to stay.
  • The camping platforms, bathrooms and water systems have all been repaired and updated.

We look forward to welcoming you on Tiwai Island soon!