Ibex May Roll Stones!
When you hike in the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, keep an eye on the slope of the cliff above you:
a family of ibex (wild mountain-goats) may be walking there, and may cause stones to roll down the slope on the trail.
If you see ibex above you, let them pass before you continue on your trail.
(For those who don't read or heed my tips, there are also warning signs along the trail: see photo!)
- National/State Park
Deep Mud, Sinkholes and Quagmires...
When you walk to the Dead Sea shore, stay on the roads or paved paths leading to the shore.
Wandering off the path carries the risk of sinking in the deep mud.
Another dangerous natural phenomenon is the sinkholes, present in the muddy salty soil close to the Dead Sea shore, near Ein Gedi and other locations in the northern part of the Dead Sea.
The sinkholes appear suddenly, and are one of the consequences of the receding shoreline of the Dead Sea, the increase in water evaporation and the change in the composition of underground water. Subterranean salt layers are dissolved and suddenly give way.
These sinkholes are mostly small, but the diameter may reach 25 m and the depth 11 m.
There have been rare cases of people falling into sinkholes, but no casualties so far.
- Hiking and Walking
The Obvious Warning or Danger
The sun is strong here. Even in late September it was scorching so what it must be like in high summer is unimaginable. Just because you are in an oasis, don't let that make you casual with your sun protection, especially if you are fair-skinned and not used to strong sun on a regular basis. Keep slapping on that UV protection, drink loads of water and keep your head covered. If you have children with you try and keep then out of the sun as much as possible. Despite the palm trees and the sea, you are still in the desert.
- Road Trip
- Budget Travel
Weather in the desert
During the night it can be very cold in the desert so i suggest that you will take some warm clothes with you if you want to be outside during the night.
Also beware of snakes , scorpions and other good "friends"
Do not shave
Do not shave the day before going to the Dead Seaýýýý. you can suffer of irritation by the amount of salts concentrated in the sea. Belive me it can be annoying.
Also do not wash you face or sprinkling water in the eyes, although within the Dead Sea exist fresh water sources for washing just in case you have a accident
- Adventure Travel
Drying out, getting lost or...
Drying out, getting lost or bitten by a scorpion / snake are the main dangers. Some tips: drink at least two liters of water at a day, it's very hot here (always between 40 and 45 degrees Celcius). You'd better carry a large bottle of water with you all the time. To avoid getting lost: take a guide with you, do an organized tour, go with someone who does know the way. To avoid getting bitten: don't wear open shoes. And also it's important to know that at night it gets really cold in the dessert! So bring along warm clothes too.
Salt of the dead sea
The dead sea water is very salty !
if you have open wound , shaved legs etc be careful it will sting for a while , avoid contact with salt and your eyes.
The sun in the Desert
The sun here is very strong so take a good hat , sun glasses , sun cream and be careful.
Also a lot is water is a great idea !
Driving to En Gedi
The road to the dead sea and En Gedi is very dangerous because its from +500 meters to -400 meters and a curvy road...
Drive carefully so you will be able to enjoy your stay here.
Beware of the cliffs
Don't try to walk close to cliffs - you might fall.
Dont try to walk on places you shouldnt or you will find yourself going down and fast.
Don't try to feed the animals or scare them.
This is their natural environment and if you will be quiet you will enjoy those animals.
It is a very beautiful thing to see.
No entrance Trails
When you walk in the area and see the No entrance sign - Don't enter !
This sign is because there is a cliff or dangerous path.
You should take a lot of water with you because it is very hot there and on the track you should drink a lot.