Sof Omar Caves
As a soon to be World Heritage site, the Sof Omar Caves are a must-see destination. Located about 100 km east of Robe is the Web River, whose erosion has created many kilometers of passageways and caves.
The caves can be visited easily enough, except between August and October when the river is too high. At other times of the year, the caves can be accessed by swimming or wading or by hiring a boat in the nearby village of Sof Omar.
These caves are of particular significance to Muslim pilgrims, as Sheikh Sof Ahmed was said to have taken refuge here during the 11th century. The carving of the natural cave system to royal standards is evident in the archways, flying buttresses, and carefully carved chambers. The accurately named Chamber of Columns is a notable attraction here, with multitudes of intricately carved pillars, each a work of art.
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Bale Moutains of the Oromia Region
BEST TIMES TO VISIT:
November - July
WHY TRAVELLERS LOVE IT:
Sof Omar Cave is the longest cave in Ethiopia at 15.1 kilometres (9.4 mi) long
Longest system of caves in Africa
Proposed World Heritage Site
- The Chamber of Columns for its meticulous pillars