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Required Reading: Desert Escapes


Required Reading: Desert Escapes

May 31, 2023

New from Belgian publisher Lannoo: Desert Escapes, by Karen Gardiner, a collection of glamorous lodgings offering what Scarabeo Camp in Morocco calls “dusty luxury.” Here’s a selection of our fantasy favorites from the book:

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Above: One of the seven sleeping tents at San Camp, on the edge of the Nwetwe Pan in Botswana’s Makgadikgadi.
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Above: A communal space at San Camp.
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Above: San Camp at dusk.
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Above: A plunge pool at San Camp.
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Above: A sleeping tent at Scarabeo Camp in Agafay, located an hour outside of Marrakech.
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Above: Evening illumination at  Scarabeo Camp.
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Above: Desert Escapes is $50.44 from Amazon; it’s also available for $51.50 from Bookshop.
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Frequently asked questions

What are some popular desert escapes?

Some popular desert escapes include Joshua Tree National Park in California, Sedona in Arizona, and Palm Springs in California.

Do I need a four-wheel drive vehicle to explore the desert?

It depends on the specific location you plan on exploring. Some areas may require a four-wheel drive vehicle, while others can be accessed with a regular car. It is always best to research the location and road conditions beforehand.

What activities can I do in the desert?

Some popular activities in the desert include hiking, camping, stargazing, rock climbing, and visiting hot springs.

Is it safe to hike in the desert?

Hiking in the desert can be safe as long as you take the proper precautions. Make sure to bring enough water, wear sunscreen and appropriate clothing, and inform someone of your plans. It is also recommended to hike with a partner or group.

What should I bring on a desert escape?

You should bring plenty of water, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, appropriate clothing, hiking shoes, a map or GPS device, and a first aid kit. It is also recommended to bring a camping stove and food if you plan on camping.

Are there any dangers in the desert?

Yes, there are some dangers in the desert such as extreme heat, flash floods, venomous snakes, and other wildlife. It is important to be aware of your surroundings and take precautions to stay safe.

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