Masada, beign out in the desert, is quite obviously HOT!
You really have to take care. There is a route to walk up there, but I do advise the cable car.
DO NOT forget to take plenty of water. Sounds obvious, but really it's good advice, and the local sales of water is very high priced.
While in the Navy, I stopped in Israel several times. (well, the whole ship did, I just happened to be aboard her when she did. *grin*)
One of the trips inspired 8 of us to rent 2 cars and go sight seeing. We had driven up almost the length of the Dead Sea and had visited Masada. We had gotten a recommendation of a very good restaurant in Jericho and were on our way there when we passed a military checkpoint filled with young Israeli soldiers, machine guns, barricades and all of the various implements of war or security in a hostile environment. Very shortly after we had passed the checkpoint, we saw a vehicle turned over in ditch beside the road.
Being Americans, we had no thoughts about bombs, booby traps or any other such unpleasantness so we did what we thought to be the right thing. We stopped to help out whomever might be in the vehicle! About the time that we stopped however, a number of Israeli soldiers came running up shouting something and pointing guns at us. Talk about a major shock to the system! Within seconds, a truck filled with soldiers pulled up behind us.
Anyhow once it was determined we were all Americans, they explained to us that they knew of the vehicle and were waiting on their explosives team to arrive and we should just be about our business, which we were more than happy to do!
Where you see the people in the road and the sign behind the truck is where the checkpoint was, so we were VERY close to it.
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"
If as we did you walk up in the dark, remember to take a torch with you (unlike us!). Take plenty of water too. I am sure during normal open hours you can get drinks at the top, but not before dawn.
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 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 !
The road to the dead sea and Masada 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.
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.
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.