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Sof Omar

The longest limestone cave

Spectacular and extensive underground caves in the world created by Web River

Sof Omar Cave is situated 120 km east of Goba town and 567 km from Addis Ababa. One of the most spectacular and extensive underground caves in the world created by Web River. The cave inside worked out by a marvel of architecture – soaring pillars of stone twenty meter high, flying buttresses, fluted arch-ways, and tall airy vaults that makes an extraordinary natural phenomenon of breathtaking beauty.

The cave lies at 1,300m above sea level within fantastic limestone rocks. This is where the Web River starts to vanish into this giant underground world with forming an arched portals, high eroded ceilings, and deep vaulted muffled chambers.

Inside the cave some animals can be observed like bats, fish, crocodiles and are to be found in the river nearby but, perhaps fortunately, seems to shun the cave themselves. The surrounding area is abounds for more wildlife like dikdik, Kudu, Serval cat, rock hyrax, giant tortoises, snakes and lizards as well as more than fifty species of birds. This cave, now an important Islamic shrine named after the saintly Sheikh Sof Omar, who took refuge here many centuries ago, have a religious history that predates the arrival of the Muslims in Bale.

Sof Omar Caves.

Sof Omar Cave is situated 120 km east of Goba town.

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