Local culture

A rich and diverse cultural heritage

Immerse yourself in the culture of Dao, Oubi and Kroumen in Côte d’Ivoire!

Côte d’Ivoire has a rich cultural heritage with more than sixty ethnic groups; the Baoulé, the Bété, Gouro and the Dioula are examples of ethnic groups found in the country. The ethnicities can be divided into four main groups: Akan, Gour, Krou, and Mandé. Geographically, the Akran group can be found in the south-eastern corner of the country, the Gour mostly in the north-east, the Krou in the central-south/ south-west and the Mandé in the north-west to central-north of the country.
The local communities are very welcoming to tourists. They offer traditional ceremonies, arts, crafts, traditional cuisine, and dances, so that visitors can discover the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Côte d’Ivoire.

Western Côte d’Ivoire is especially rich in culture and traditions; the dances and masks by the Guéré ethnic group of this region are of international renown. Visitors can join the traditional Dao sacred mask dances and the Oubi women’s initiation. In Djouroutou, the ceremony of the Cola nut is another tradition to be witnessed.

Come and visit Taï National Park with its natural and cultural heritage of almost-forgotten traditions
and understand the cultural diversity of this beautiful West African country.