Sof Omar Cave
Sof Omar Cave
Sof Omar natural cave located 120 kilometers east of Goba in Bale region, is the most spectacular and extensive underground caverns in the world formed by the Web River, which made a course through the limestone hills. The river forms relatively long underground water with halls and columns of limestone inside the cave. The cave is considered as one of the world’s most extensive underground caverns for a distance of one and half kms. The dry, cool caves contain many marvels of natural architecture, including soaring pillars of stone 20 meters high, flying buttresses, fluted archways and tall airy vaults. Finally the river itself is reached, flowing through a deep gorge. The Sof Omar cave is an enchanting place for adventure tourists, geomorphologies and cave scientists. There are over 15kms of associated passages, which require skill, time and special equipment for a full exploration. You can explore the caves on foot, without special climbing equipment, but proper precautions have to be taken. Torches or other lighting are needed and another must is a map. However, a friendly local guide will show you enough to take your breath away and make the trip worthwhile, for an hour or for as long as you care to spend. The most direct route through the first part of the caves takes about an hour. The large central hall of Sof Omar, the ‘Chamber of Columns’- so named after the colossal limestone pillars that are it’s dominant feature- is one of the highlights of the cave system.
A cool dip in the clear river afterwards refreshes you for the return drive. Sof Omar is also a place of worship for Ethiopian Muslims. (Tour itinerary)