Sof Omar Cave

Sof Omar, a tiny Muslim village located in Bale, 450kms south-west of Addis Ababa is the site of an amazing complex of natural caves, cut by the Weyb River as it found its way into the nearby mountains. The settlement, which is a religious site, is named after a local Sheikh who used the chambers as his mosque all his life, and they remain sacred to Muslims as a place of pilgrimage and worship.

Visitors to Sof Omar make their way-armed with torches and official map underground, far into the bowels of the earth, beside a subterranean stream, and there one can see an extraordinary number of arched portals, high eroded ceilings and deep, echoing chambers.

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