Konso Cultural Community


The rolling hills of Ethiopia’s Southern Rift Valley, dotted with bright green moringa trees and quaint thatched huts, are home to the Konso people – traditional farmers who cultivate cereals and cotton and rear cows and goats. 

The vast and majestic landscape provides a stunning backdrop for the unique Konso culture. Konso villages, known as kantas, are built into the hillsides and encircled with stone walls for protection. The winding paths that weave through the village all lead to the mora, a large, thatched pavilion which acts as a special meeting place for the people of the surrounding villages. At night the young, unmarried men sleep here to protect the community and learn about life.

The Konso culture has much to offer visitors. From cultural performances to handcraft demonstrations, visitors can learn about the traditions of the Konso people and the important roles these traditions still play in their lives. Read more about Konso artisans and craft... 

Visitors to Konso can choose from three experiences:

Komaya Heart of Konso Cultural Handcraft Market: Visitors to the Market have a unique opportunity to learn about traditional handcrafts and while interacting with artisans in a beautiful, natural environment. Read more… 

Gersale Cultural Dance Group: Visit the rustic village of Gersale to see their energetic traditional dances! Read more…

Gersale Tree Planting Experience: Give back to the Gersale community by purchasing and planting a seedling. Read more…

For assistance arranging a full tour including lodging and transportation contact one of the participating tour operators.

Traveler's Testimonial

"A wild and beautiful place - only a few days here but really enjoyed it. Stunning scenery and wildlife."

Simone Cole - BBC

"Our visit with you was far & away the high point of the trip."

Erin Chapman - D.A.T.A., USA (experiencing community tourism in Ethiopia on a trip with Brad Pitt)

Come and Enjoy!

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