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Sunday, April 23, 2006

Arsi Attractions

Dirre Sheikh Husein or the site of the Shrine of Shiekh Husein is one of Oromia’s major sites of culture tourism. It is situated on the border of West Hararghe and Bale Zones. The Shrine is named after an ancient holy man (religious) leader called Sheikh Nur Husien bin Malka or bin Ibrahim who was reputed for his religious teachings, high devotion and remarkable miraculous deeds.

_______________________________________________________________________________________ Sof Umar CaveSof Umar Cave one of the world’s biggest, Africa’s largest cave, and marvelous underground world is located in Goro district of Bale Zone, Oromia Region, at a distance of 110 km from Robe, the Zone’s capital and 40 kms from the nearest town, Goro. Among its major attraction features are the 42 internal entrances and its total passages distance of 16 km, its 1.7 kms tourist line, which crosses the river seven times and takes tourists about an hour’s walking. _____________________________________________________________________________________ Lake Langano (Resort Area) Located at 215 km from Addis Ababa lake Langano lies in an irregular shaped basin a perimeter of 62 km, an area of 305 sq.kms and a depth of 30 meters in certain parts. Langano is a soft brown in color and is an ideal spot for water sports. It is a relatively developed and popular resort of all lakes’ region with good catering and accommodation services. _____________________________________________________________________________________ Bale Mountains National Park Bale Mountains National Park is a magnificent high altitude plateau with numerous dramatic volcanic plugs, seasonal tiny alpine lakes and cascading mountain streams. Located at about 400 km from Addis Ababa, the park covers over an area of 2,400 sq. km of land including the Harrena natural forest. Being the largest Afro Alpine habitat park in Africa, Bale mountain National park offers a number of attractions which include about 46 mammals, 200 bird species and unspoiled vegetation of wonderland.

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