For guests who wish to explore the region in more depth there are many attractions outside the park. To the south is the central Rift Valley where the landscape becomes arid and scrub-covered providing an habitat for different rare indigenous birds to those found in the tropical forest. A day trip from the lodge will often result in a sighting of the exceptionally rare Prince Ruspoliís Turaco which is found in a small area between Dolo Mena and Negele, some 50km south of the lodge. A day trip in the opposite direction can be take you to the spectacular Sof Omar Caves, the largest limestone caves in Eastern Africa, and a significant religious site for the Islamic inhabitants of this part of Ethiopia. For the most adventurous and well equipped a visit to Sof Omar can be combined with a drive north to the ancient walled city of Harar, one of the most holy Muslim cites in the world.