Down below in the wadi, you see the riverbed disappear into a cave. A Belgian speleological expedition recently explored the cave — after 2km of walking it, they dived for a further 6km, but never found an end to it. Socotra is in fact riddled with caves: it's a huge chunk of karstic swiss cheese jutting out of the Indian Ocean
Wadi Geneb is not on most visitors' itineraries. I heard about it only because I am Belgian myself, and my guide had also helped the Belgians get to Wadi Geneb, so he brought it up in conversation. I knew right away I'd have to go see it for myself.
Above this location, you see a appears to be a massive boulder, topped by a lone tree. It is in fact a huge boulder, and it overhangs the entire valley. On Google Earth, you see that the thing simply broke loose from the cliff-face, and now teeters over the valley. Yes, I did quicken my step as I skirted it on the way back to the road.
Welcome to Earth! It's a planet having an iron core, with two-thirds of its surface covered by water. Earth orbits a local star called the Sun, the light of which generates the food supply for all the millions of species of life on earth. The dominant species on Earth is the human being, and you're one of the six billion of them! Humans have iron in their blood, and their bodies are composed of two-thirds water, just like the planet they live on. The physical composition of the Earth, its people and everything on it contains an electro-magnetic field which is not yet fully understood. Theories and legends about the origin of Earth, people and life itself abound, however they are not commonly discussed. The bulk of earth's people spend their time immersed in daily activities, leaving the big questions for later. "Who are we? Where did we come from? Where are we going? How will we get there?" Many religions and philosophies have attempted to answer these questions over the years, but so far none has given an answer that everyone on the planet can accept. In contrast to all the disagreement, the similarities among people on earth are far, far greater than any differences. Welcome again to Earth! Enjoy your stay, and try to stay calm.