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Sof Omar

Sof Omar:  The cave which is now an important Islamic Shrine was named after the saintly Sheikh Sof Omar who took refuge here many centuries ago… a history calculated in thousands of years.The fantastic limestone caves of Sof Omar make a day's outing from Dinsho, Robe or Goba. The road leaves Robe town, crossing the farming areas to the east, before descending into the lowlands. Here the vegetation is very different being dry lowland with wooded grasslands. The caves lie at 1,300 m above sea level. This is in marked contrast to what you will experience in the Bale Mountains at up to 4,000 m. Very different animals occur along the way as well, most noticeably the Greater and Lesser Kudu - both relatives of the Mountain Nyala, and the tiny dik dik antelope. The caves themselves carry the whole flow of the Web River that rises in the Bale Mountains, underground through wonderfully carved caverns fora distance of one and a half kilometers. Inside, the cave is cool and dry.  The Ayiew entrance is dimly lit, however deep in the cave you pass through a maze of passages and rooms, which have been polished by the trickling and dripping green water to a marble-like smoothness.  In the darkness the river roars and foams through narrow crevice.

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