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Sof Omar Caves

Sof Omar Caves, also known as Holqa Sof Omar, is the longest system of caves in Africa, and it is located in the Bale Zone of Oromia Region within the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.
Considered to be one of the world’s most spectacular and extensive underground caves, it is carved from the Weib River which has changed its course in the distant past and it has carved a new channel through the limestone foothills which today are known as the Sof Omar Caves.
The Weib River vanishes into the giant world of deep vaulted chambers leaving every visitor in simple awe with its astonishing curves. Named after the saintly Sheik Sof Omar Ahmed, who took refuge here sometime in the 11 century, the caves too have a somewhat religious history that predates the arrival of the Muslims in Bale.