We did only the short trail in the park but if you decide to do some of the others follow some of the rules, bring lot of water with you can try to start early, there’s a sign that suggests time limitations:
Do not ascend to En Gedi Spring and Dodim Cave after 1.30pm
Leave Dodim cave by 2.30pm
Leave En Gedi Spring by 3.00pm
You must exit the reserve by 4pm
Other signs warn about the ibex, these animals are lovely but they may cause stones to roll down the slope, wait for them to pass before continuing along the trail.
If you go to the beach choose the ones that is clearly signed, most other parts have signs that swimming is prohibited. What’s more walk only on the paved paths along the Dead Sea shore because there are area with deep mud but also sinkholes in some cases, sounds scary but if you keep on track you’ll be fine.
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
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 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
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 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.