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Administrative capital of the North Province, Koné is also the starting point of the Koné-Tiwaka transversal road which connects the West and East coasts. A route of exceptional beauty, which winds through the middle of the Chain along the rivers, which offers rest and bathing areas, magnificent viewpoints, and allows friendly encounters in the few tribes that border it. Like Pouembout, Koné is an agricultural commune whose products come mainly from the many neighboring tribes.
But we also have to reckon with aquaculture farms, various administrations and above all nickel, which employs a good part of the working population. At the northern exit of the village, the majestic Koniambo massif contains the precious ore intended to supply the famous northern factory, awaited for so long by the population. From Koné, you can plan many walks and hikes, on foot, on horseback or by car.
These activities make it possible to discover the interior of the lands and the tribes which are installed there, certain circuits even offer the possibility of bivouacking in the Chain. The tribe of Atéou, the highest in Caledonia, is in this respect quite unique. On the sea side, you can go picnicking at the beach of Foué, equipped to welcome visitors.
Even if it is a very small minority, there is a solid population of European origin in Koné. They are mainly bush dwellers from families who have been living there for several generations, dating back to colonization, of which it is one of the oldest centers. These “caldoches”, descendants of the first settlers, are mainly cattle breeders. And among them are also the descendants of their Indonesian workforce who came to work in the mines or in the coffee plantations at the beginning of the 20th century…