Why Konso?

A COUNTRY INVESTING IN PEOPLE AND PROGRESS

Konso people calling themselves Konsitta is part of Cushitic language speaking. Some of the works are similar with Orom language. The people are grouped in to nine clans. The nine exogamous clans named Kertita, Pasanta, Eshalayta, Sawdata, Tikisayta, Alayta, Tokmaleta, Arkamayta and Mahaleta live in 49 kebeles. These 49 kebeles consist of an estimated population of 350,000. Konso has its own traditional social organizations stem and four main cultural institutions are known as “Palleta, Kanta, Kafa, Tolla’’. Lead by ‘’Apatinba which is called clan chief as well Poqalla Mulga and Apaa or Father’’. Konso people have their unique generational management known as ‘Xelta in which a group remaining on power for 9-18 years.

Location and Interaction of Konso—any business should be located in a way its customers can have easy access to buy and consume its products. In this connection, the family owners of Konso Korebta Lodge selected Konso to be a good market center because of its location on roads that connects Karat from four directions. Visitors from Kenya to visit the Omo Valley of Ethiopia pass through Moy ale and Yabello. On their way, they visit Konso and stay overnight in Karat. Travelers starting their trip to Omo Valley again cross Karat. The third road that Karat interacts is through Addis Ababa—Jima. Visitors to Maji-Surma tourists’ site stay few days in the Omo Valley to enjoy nature and culture and stay in Karat to admire its nature and culture and continue their trip to a direction they planned to go. Fourthly, visitors stayed in Kenya drive to Lake Turk Ana, come to Omo Rate, cross Omo River to visit nature and culture of Omo Valley and drive to Konso–Karat to visit and to stay overnight.

 

 

 

Similar to other Ethiopians the live of the people mainly depends up on subsistence and mixed agriculture. Indigenous Oral Knowledge to apply Landscape & Environmental Conservation enabled them to devise control mechanism and protect soil from erosion to keep soil fertility and conserving method which is mostly used by “Atanta” Farmers. Most of Konso people primarily cultivating rain fed crop farming mainly cereals of varied types while those living in the peripheral area rear domestic animals, still others use traditional bee hives to collect honey. Coffee and Chate (stimulating plant) are cash crops of Konso people that enable them to earn insignificant income.

A COUNTRY INVESTING IN PEOPLE AND PROGRESS

Konso people calling themselves Konsitta is part of Cushitic language speaking. Some of the works are similar with Orom language. The people are grouped in to nine clans. The nine exogamous clans named Kertita, Pasanta, Eshalayta, Sawdata, Tikisayta, Alayta, Tokmaleta, Arkamayta and Mahaleta live in 49 kebeles. These 49 kebeles consist of an estimated population of 350,000. Konso has its own traditional social organizations stem and four main cultural institutions are known as “Palleta, Kanta, Kafa, Tolla’’. Lead by ‘’Apatinba which is called clan chief as well Poqalla Mulga and Apaa or Father’’. Konso people have their unique generational management known as ‘Xelta in which a group remaining on power for 9-18 years.

The lodge designed and built by centering the restaurant and bar surrounded by rooms with easy access. WITH NO EXAGGERATION THE RESAURANT PART IS A TREASURE TO ETHIOPIA ESPECIALLY TO KONSO PEOPLE AS WE DID BUILT IT FOLLOWING CULTURE OF KONSO AND CONSIDERING COMMUNITY BASE TOURISM DEVELOPMENT. The Balcony part of the restaurant and the bar invites you to breathe taking panoramic view of the surrounding landscape and distant horizon from where one spots Chamo Lake, Segen River on a short cut road to Hawassa from Konso. River Segen flows to south west part of Ethiopia and joins Chew Bahir/Lake Stephanie. The other view from the lodge is road that leads to Yabello and Boranna villages to join you to Addis Ababa—Moyle–Nairobi highway.

 

TOURISM —Konso is registered by UNESCO AS THE 9TH HERITAGE in Ethiopia because of its natural and cultural attractions. This in turn resulted in attracting good number of visitors to the area. In this connection tourism industry is the other source to generate income to the people Konso.The number of tourists is growing from time to time but visitors to used to face accommodation problems before Kanta Lodge started giving service. Still Kanta lodge was not enough to fulfill needs of clients with the rooms built.Deciding tourists should get another standard accommodation that fulfils their desires and to minimize accommodation problems faced by visitors the owners of Hadar Tours Plc planned to build a lodge in Konso—Karat and named it—Konso Korebta Lodge.

TO ETHIOPIA ESPECIALLY TO KONSO PEOPLE AS WE DID BUILT IT FOLLOWING CULTURE OF KONSO AND CONSIDERING COMMUNITY BASE TOURISM DEVELOPMENT. The Balcony part of the restaurant and the bar invites you to breathe taking panoramic view of the surrounding landscape and distant horizon from where one spots Chamo Lake, Segen River on a short cut road to Hawassa from Konso. River Segen flows to south west part of Ethiopia and joins Chew Bahir/Lake Stephanie. The other view from the lodge is road that leads to Yabello and Boranna villages to join you to Addis Ababa—Moyle–Nairobi highway.

This traditional and cultural lodge is built mainly from local materials such as attractive volcanic stones and consists of restaurant– bar including 10 grass roofed huts with 20 rooms. Of the 20 rooms—2 are singles, 6 are doubles and 12 are twins in which we accommodated 38 clients every night.