BALE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK AND SOF OMAR CAVE
Bale Mountains National Park is known for its wildlife more than any other park in Ethiopia, but it’s a very beautiful place, too. Approaching from Dodola, ridges to the east are punctuated with fortress-like escarpments, standing out from the gentler, rounded rock pinnacles to the north, and great wildlife watching begins as soon as the road cuts through the Gaysay Grassland in the valley between them, which is home to Ethiopia’s densest concentration of large mammals.
Sof Omar Cave
Sof Omar Cave is found 100km east of Robe, the fast-flowing Web River runs through a deep gorge and then cuts straight through a limestone hill. The cave is venerated by area Muslims due to Sheikh Sof Omar Ahmed reputedly taking refuge here in the 11th century. There’s a pilgrimage every November.