The Bale massif and its national park are located on the Ethiopian plateau and reach a height of 4,000 metres above sea level. The area of the park is divided into two by the spectacular escarpment of Harenna, which crosses the park from east to west. To the north is the Senati Plateau (4,000 metres), formed by ancient volcanic rocks, into which the rain and rivers have carved deep gorges.
The park contains one of the largest forests of the African highlands, which is home to some endemic mammals including the mountain Nyala and the Simien fox.
Trails through the park may be followed by trekking or on horseback. It is possible to explore the area with the help of professional guides, staying overnight in shelters. An Ethiopian-German organisation, which was founded a few years ago, supervises such trips, as part of a project to safeguard the forests and their indigenous peoples.
Not far from Bale Mountains National Park is the beautiful complex of calcareous caves formed by the river Web. This vast location was probably the site of religious worship in the past; it takes its name from the Sufi master Sheik Sof Omar, who sought refuge there many centuries ago. Because of this, it is still regarded as a sacred place by the Muslims of Ethiopia.
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