Shared between Oromia and Somali Regional State, Babile Elephant Sanctuary covering an area of about 6982 square kilometers is a major destination for those who like to view wild life. The Sanctuary is situated south east of Harar at 35km and adjacent to the town Babile. It was established for the protection of the endemic Lodinta Africana Oreleansi elephant sub species. Apart from elephant, this semi arid and wood land sanctuary is also a habitat for a number of mammals including black manned lion, Kudu (greater and lesser), wild Ass, and others.
These uniquely shaped rocks with admirable features are found in a place called Dakata, 5 kilometers away from Babile and 40 kilometers away from Harar. The wonderful rocks can easily be visited as the road from Harar to “Funyan” Bira passes through their spectacular setting, The Dakata valley which is filled with these unusual volcanic formations can be a good attraction for sightseers, nature lovers and adventurers.